ResourceSmart in Early Childhood

Richmond Creche and KinderCERES Outreach Education is increasing its reach in the Early Childhood sector following on from a successful pilot for Sustainability Victoria in 2013-14. A second pilot for Sustainability Victoria commenced in 2014-15 to include delivery of the Energy Module and trial the ResourceSmart framework’s suitability for the Early Childhood sector. We delivered workshops and had a number of face-to-face meetings with Richmond Creche and Kinder, Beleura Hill Kindergarten and Creative Play Children’s Centre in Bulleen. The interest and enthusiasm shown by staff has been very encouraging and has resulted in a commitment to their centre’s sustainability and in particular, a focus on the ResourceSmart modules in 2015. To date, all of these centres have had an energy audit and have scheduled an energy curriculum/planning workshop with CERES for Term 1 and 2, 2015.

In addition, we have also commenced a partnership project with Glen Eira City Council to develop and implement sustainability projects in each of the Councils’ Children’s Centres and Family Day Care Co-ordination unit. A major highlight has included delivering a large workshop to all staff from Carnegie Children’s Centre, Murrumbeena Children’s Centre and Caulfield Children’s Centre. The workshop introduced the elements of Education for Sustainability and engaged the educators through play by having some fun with hands-on activities; ultimately skilling them up to run similar activities with their children. The centres were also given an opportunity to list what they are already doing and explore opportunities to enhance their sustainability programs. Furthermore, staff enjoyed planning for a major sustainability project at their centre.

The project with Glen Eira Council includes working with Family Day Care educators and we have been very fortunate to see some inspiring educators in action in their homes, with reuse of waste a major theme. We also delivered a workshop to all staff and attended a reuse art competition at an educator’s home. Resources including checklists have been adapted for use for these educators and synergies between CERES and local government programs made. Educators have also signed up to capture their billing data through an adapted spreadsheet more appropriate for home use.

Finally, we have made contact with all Councils to explore how we can work in partnership with the Councils’ Children’s Centres and Family Day Care units. We have had a great response from a range of councils and we look forward to commencing new projects in the early childhood sector.

If you’d like to find out more about our delivery of ResourceSmart School to Early Childhood centres, please contact Deanne Jones via email at deanne@ceres.org.au 

By CERES Education – Outreach Team| 2017-11-06T18:25:02+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Uncategorised|0 Comments
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