How to choose a healthy, eco-friendly childcare centre

Davis, Julie (2015) How to choose a healthy, eco-friendly childcare centre. Families Magazine, 12(Oct), pp. 18-19.

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The early years have been recognized as a “natural starting point” for education for sustainability. ECEfS is a newly emerging area and Australian educators, teacher educators, and researchers are leaders in this field. Indeed, there is a growing list of exemplary kindergartens, child care centres, preschools, and preps across the country engaged in EfS focusing on a range of topics that include, for example, water education, reducing energy use, recycling, growing gardens, and cleaning up parks and creeks. Some centres focus more on the social dimensions of sustainability – strengthening Indigenous communities, working with the elderly, supporting the unemployed, fostering gender equality in their communities, being more socially inclusive. There is mounting evidence that early lessons in sustainability help reshape adult sustainability actions in homes, schools and communities.

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ID Code: 89428
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: early childhood education, sustainability, environmental learning, childcare, kindergarten
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Families Magazine
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2015 05:27
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 16:28

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