Sustainability opportunities for early learning centres

There are dedicated programs, events and other resources to help early learning centres embed sustainability practices into their operations.

These programs assist services to meet the National Quality Standard 3.3 - "The service takes an active role in caring for its environment and contribution to a sustainable future." 

In addition, many of the sustainable transport, waste, energy and water resources developed for schools are also useful for early learning centres.

Resource smart - early childhood

CERES run a program to help early childhood services embed sustainability in everything they do.

For more information contact Deanne Jones, CERES Resource Smart Early Childhood Coordinator, phone 9389 0133 or visit The Sustainability Hub CERES.

Solar and energy efficiency action

We have partnered with  local social enterprise Positive Charge to provide early learning centres with free and independent energy advice and help to install solar panels.

Several early learning centres in Moreland have already installed solar and are saving money and helping the environment.

For more information contact Helen Eveleigh, Zero Carbon Evolution Program Coordinator, phone 9385 8508 or visit Positive Charge.

The Little Sprouts program

The Little Sprouts program is now offering early years incursions to kindergartens, child care centres and other early learning centres.

Incursions help to engage children in learning opportunities to become actively involved in sustainable and environmentally friendly behaviours.

Activities are underpinned by the Early Years Learning Framework and are unique as they combine science investigation with creative arts.

Incursions are also a great professional development tool for educators to help embed sustainability education into practices (National Quality Standard 3.3).

The Little Sprouts program was founded by Moreland-based sustainability educator, scientist and musician, Carolyn Luder.

The program was piloted in 2015 with six Goodstart Early Learning Centres with support from Council's Community Grants initiative. 

For more information contact Carolyn Luder or phone 0402 115 125.