Sustainability and the early years
Professional development for pre-school teachers
A range of hands on activities embedding sustainability education into literacy, numeracy and other learning areas. Practical activities and projects enhancing sustainability practices of the service. Opportunities for collegial discussion
Sustainability and the Early Years Workshop
Friday, Aug. 16th 2013 at 8:30am-3pm
Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia
Cnr Campus Drive and Science Rd Richmond
HDRA Henry Doubleday Research Association Aus. Inc.
$60.00 (includes morning tea and lunch).
8.30 registration / coffee
9.00 welcome and acknowledgement of Country
9.10 introduction – what is sustainability?
9.30 workshop 1 of 2
10.15 morning tea
10.40 workshop 2 of 2
11.20 Visit Greening Australia or the Secret Garden
1. Creating a Cumberland Plain Woodland gardens2. Sustainable artworks3. Don't waste your waste
Workshop session with Fiona Robbe: Playground design
Fiona’s passion for connecting young children to the natural world has led her to generously offer us her expert support in playground design. This will be done at no cost to our preschools, which is amazing. Fiona has found a way to provide for effective design, but we need you to come prepared by following the instructions outlined. Please read the accompanying attachment and follow the instructions in preparation for this workshop.
Visit to Greening Australia and the Secret Garden
These visits will alert you to two fantastic resources within our region that promote sustainability and connection to the natural world. The staff at these venues have generously volunteered their time for us to visit and learn from them.
- Variety of Cumberland Plains woodland species for purchase for a reasonable cost.
- Information on planting, propagation and care of native species.
A visit to the nursery and community garden projects .Information on how to establish a community garden in your preschool.Reflections on how gardens and animals help us to connect to nature and how this provision can benefit children.
Minimum participants: 10 Maximum participants: 15
While attendance at the ‘Natural Playspaces and Sustainability in the Preschool’ is not a prerequisite, it will be beneficial.