Building a sustainable future at St Nicholas Early Education Newcastle West
St Nicholas Early Education is committed to promoting sustainable practices and respect for the environment. Educators in all of our centres engage children in sustainable behaviours such as recycling, gardening and both water and energy conservation.
To extend children’s learning about environmental responsibilities, educators at St Nicholas Early Education Newcastle West have worked with the children to create a worm farm.
“We have a bin inside for all of the children’s food scraps from lunch. They have their own fruit bowl and all of their apple cores and banana peels go straight into that,” explains Georgia, an Early Childhood Educator at our Newcastle West centre, who spearheads sustainable practice programming for the children.
“There is a deeper meaning behind our worm farm,” Georgia continues. “The farm produces worm wee that we use to water our garden. We also sell it to our families.”
The children in the preschool program at St Nicholas Early Education Newcastle West are involved in every stage of the process of keeping the worm farm going including collecting and bottling the worm wee that the farm produces.
Recycling at St Nicholas Early Education Newcastle West
Children in our Newcastle West centre are also learning a lot about recycling.
“We used to have all of our bins together,” says Georgia. “We decided to move the recycling bin to the art area so children know that with all their paper or anything they use that can be recycled, they know they can “put in the yellow bin”. With the children, we created pictures, so they can remember what goes in which bin.”
Georgia points out that climate change is going to affect the children at St Nicholas Early Education and their generation more than it has impacted the generations that have come before. While she says the children don’t really understand climate change at their young age, the lessons the children are learning, and the sustainable practices embedded at our Newcastle West centre are incredibly valuable.