At Kid’N Around our sustainability journey is well underway and we have a high focus on reducing, reusing and recycling both with the children and in our own operations. We plant seasonal produce in our vegetable and herb gardens, which we use at the centre or offer to the families at the service. We have two large rainwater tanks which are connected to our toilets, gardening hoses and washing machine. We encourage our children to be environmentally responsible. Our food waste either feeds our worms or is composted for the garden. We strive to provide natural play spaces both indoors and out and educate the children about our planet through play and discovery.
We have recently installed solar panels which offsets the emissions generated by the centre, particularly the air conditioning and heating.
“Climate Change will directly affect the lives of young children – both now and in the future. It would be irresponsible for us not to share this information with children, to give them the opportunity to learn how their actions impact on the health of the planet. This knowledge will enable children to learn how to be a part of the climate change solution and teaches them that they can make a difference.”
(Why do young children need to know about climate change? Young 2007)
There are many different styles and philosophies about teaching and the way children learn in their early years. We believe that the curriculum used in a centre should reflect their philosophy and be appropriate to the specific setting of the service. Kid’N Around Early Education Centre does not use anyone particular style, approach, or type of curriculum, but implements a balanced program that draws on a range of approaches adapted to suit our service.