Teaching our children about our environment will lay the foundations for sustainable behaviour throughout their lives. It is their future we are helping them to protect. Equally important is that Cygnets Day Nurseries does all it can to operate in an eco-friendly manner. We educate the children to understand more about green issues, encouraging them to bring in examples of what they have done with parents/carers and by demonstrating how they can make a difference.
We are reducing single-use plastic because of the harm they can cause the environment. We are using more glass milk bottles, replacing plastic equipment with more eco materials like glass, using green materials like bamboo and melamine, biodegradable glitter and natural soap instead of soap in plastic bottles.
Children are involved in the following ‘activities’, among others:
- Children grow their own food including buying the seeds, planting them and watching them grow. We have recently grown carrots, potatoes, fruit trees and runner beans. We are also investing in additional planters to extend this and already have fruit trees in the garden.
- We use a water butt to save water and the children have learnt how they collect rainwater to water the plants.
- We encourage fewer car journeys with a walk to nursery scheme that is also about promoting child health and we have in place an employee cycle to work scheme that helps our staff purchase a bike at reduced cost.
- We form partnerships with local sustainable groups and professionals such as Forest Rangers who arrange for the children to visit natural environments and educate them about protecting woodland and forest habitats.
- Our taps turn off by themselves thereby minimising water waste.
- We have introduced LED lightbulbs to cut our electricity usage and will replace them all in time.
“One Generation plants the trees, another gets the shade”- Chinese proverb
Having made a commitment last year to become more eco-friendly with an emphasis on teaching children about our environment, we are now helping the children to understand the importance of trees to our planet with all the benefits they bring.
We are changing the names of our groups from birds’ names to trees, including maple, sycamore, oak, and willow.
The children will be learning all about the benefits trees give us; providing pulp for paper, wood for building habitats for insects and animals, fruit and nuts for our diet (they try and name how many fruits they eat which come from a tree) and cleaning our air.Not forgetting how beautiful they are, tall enough to touch the sky and so big around you can’t even hug them! How wonderful it is to walk amongst them, and why it is important to plant more trees and try not to chop any down!
TREES by H. BehnTree are the kindest things I know
They do no harm, they simply grow
And spread a shade for sleepy cows,
And gather birds amongst their bows.
They give us fruit in leaves above,
And wood to build our houses of
And leaves to burn on Halloween
And in the Spring new buds of green