Having recently reviewed our curriculum, we would like to give you more information on our sustainability program and our Munch and Move program. These two programs have impacted the way we teach children about the world we live in.
Worm Farm and Composting:
Liza and Marta have taken on the role as our Sustainable Officers. As some may know, we have a worm farm located in the front yard near the shed. The children have been actively feeding the worms scraps that are collected in a bucket from each meal time. Some scraps are allocated for our compost bin in the backyard. The children have been interacting with the charts displayed on the Dolphin’s sliding door, which also has letter flash cards with images showing the importance of caring for our environment. If you have a garden or a yard, we encourage you to start a worm farm or compost bin. The main purpose of this program is for children to gain awareness of their impact on the environment and ways to minimize it. We want to assist young children and families to understand sustainability issues, concepts and practices. The underpinning ideals of the national Early Years Learning Framework not only reinforce these earlier statements but strongly recommend that sustainability be ‘embedded in all daily routines and practices’ (DEEWR, 2009, p. 29) within early childhood settings, and that early childhood educators need to discuss with children that all ‘living things are interconnected’.
Munch and Move:
Munch & Move is NSW Health initiative that supports the healthy development of children birth to 5 years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time (e.g. watching TV or DVDs, playing on computers and small hand-held games devices). We will be implementing activities daily, to further promote children’s health and wellbeing. Every couple weeks, there will be flyers placed near the sign in/out sheet about healthy living. Please feel free to grab a copy anytime. The main purpose of this program is for children to learn a range of fundamental movement skills that will help them take part in and enjoy physical activity throughout their lives. It also supports the NSW Government’s priority of preventing childhood overweight and obesity.