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Over the last six weeks, the children at Te Atatu South Childcare Centre have been learning about sustainability and how we can work together to protect our planet. This all started when a staff member brought in a giant sunflower head and the children were able to explore it using all their senses. It has since lead to the children doing some planting of seeds and re-sprouting of some vegetables, going for regular walks out in our community to collect rubbish, which we bring back to the centre to sort out into general waste and recycling.
They have also been learning about what to do with food scraps by feeding the worm farm and sending it home with a family for their chickens. The children have been really eager to learn about how they can protect the planet and all the animals that live in it.
At Te Atatu South Childcare, they are hoping that by learning about sustainability alongside the children they are able to inspire others to follow in their footsteps, which as a result will make a great impact on how everyone looks after our environment and our planet.
Te Atatu South Childcare know learning through play is essential for children to develop social and cognitive skills, and their environment and teaching team provide stimulation, meeting the individual needs of each child.
Children learn best when they work at their own level of understanding and competence, and when they are allowed to explore and discover for themselves. They know building trust between family/whanau and staff is the key, and the stronger this partnership the happier your child will be.
In the new millennium, being a resident of planet Earth means you have more of a responsibility than ever to take care of your home. As our population grows and natural resources become more depleted, it's up to us to do our part to find and use alternative fuels, recycle our papers, plastics and metals, and in general, lead a more sustainable lifestyle. And it doesn't stop with us. It’s up to us to guide our children in the same direction to help ensure our planet's sustainability for future generations. If you believe that children are our future, then you indeed need to teach them well and let them lead the way, so for more information on Te Atatu South childcare, childcare centres Auckland and early childhood centres please go to www.teatatuchildcare.co.nz .