Goodstart Early Learning centre director Natasha Browne said sustainability was part of the learning experience to enable children to explore and engage with their environment.
MRC representatives visited the centre on March 17 to teach children about recycling and waste as part of the centre’s sustainability initiative.
‘The children have been involved from the beginning and were able to partake in excursions to Tamala Park re-use centre, as well as the opportunity for their learning to continue through an in-service presentation facilitated by MRC,’ Mrs Browne said.
‘This in-service event supports children being active participants in the world around them by enhancing their understanding of waste and re-cycling. The kindy children were also active participants in Clean Up Australia Day 2015.’
Mrs Browne said they were creating a ‘more natural’ playground area at the centre and hoped to get community support for trees to provide natural shade.
She said the inclusion of natural elements and materials encouraged children to interact with and learn about nature.
‘Every day, the staff encourage independent decision-making, with access to indoors and outdoors ” the children can decide where they would like play throughout the day,’ she said.
‘The children also form a sense of community where they are given the opportunity to create masterpieces from recyclables, salvaged from local op shops and garage sales.’
To donate re-usable items for children to use, call the centre on 9305 8633.