We place a high priority on the environment and sustainability at Mothers Love Family Day care. We have a range of sustainable practices throughout our centers to teach children about preserving the environment, encouraging them to become environmentally responsible and teaching them to show respect for the environment.
Sustainable practices are embedded in the children’s daily routine and in their day-to-day activities, these include:
- Using recyclable materials where possible.
- Encouraging children to use half flush on the toilets,
- Encouraging children to turn the water off when they have washed their hands,
- Encouraging children to recycle paper and rubbish within their rooms, at home and when in the wider community,
- Talking with the children about electricity and encouraging them to turn off lights,
- Educating children in how to care for pets and letting them actively participate in caring for the pet,
- Educating children on caring for plants and our waterways i.e. recycling water etc.
Our Families and community
Our families and the wider community are encouraged to adopt sustainable practices and share ideas as a commitment to our children and their future, which includes:
- Promoting the use of environmentally friendly products in the home (where possible),
- Recycling to reinforce service practices around sustainability,
- Participation in service activities, events and forums relating to conservation, sustainability and maintaining a healthy environment,
- Reusing materials where possible e.g. boxes for craft,
- Building partnerships with our educators in teaching our children sustainable practices at home i.e. turn off taps when brushing teeth, having shorter showers, turning off lights, putting on a jumper instead of turning the heater on etc.
We will embrace the learning opportunities we provide to our children, families and the wider community, these include:
- Using natural resources where possible such as drying washing outdoors in the sun,
- Promoting awareness of the environment through ‘green housekeeping practices’ such as healthy eating, gardening, minimising waste, recycling and reducing water and energy consumption.
- Assist children in developing an understanding and respect for the environment and encourage critical thinking.
- Working with children and families to research the native wildlife.
- Role modelling practices that encourage sustainability through recycling, water conservation, electricity usage etc, this includes:
- Educators, educating children about caring for our environment.
- Recycling water from water play into the gardens,
- Emptying the children’s drinking bottles onto the garden,
- Asking families to bring in recyclable items to use for arts and craft,
- Utilising environmentally friendly products (where possible).
- Planning excursions and incursions focussed on sustainable practices