Education for Sustainability

Vanessa Court
Margie Taylor

Application of the Principles of EFS in ECE-1500-2000 words

“See Change”

There are a lot of ideas to consider when it comes to waste minimization in an early childhood setting.   Different areas of the establishment would have different ways to minimize waste and these could be used in conjunction with each other to redesign, reduce, reuse and recycle as much waste as possible.
Developing a recycling booth is one idea that I had thought of for our centre and have begun to develop and discuss ideas with and alongside the children to promote awareness for waste minimization. Ministry of Action (1996) discuss how all people involved in the establishment should be included in decision making about the programme.   I always encourage open discussions with the children and other staff as I value all their ideas and comments and it was discussed over many weeks how to implement the recycling booth into our environment.   The parents were also involved with discussions and a couple of parents offered to help with the project by donating our tubs for the station and making our signs with the children.

One wall area will be covered with many different types of recycling products like news paper, yoghurt containers, jars, boxes etc.   There will three recycling tubs donated by parents and placed on the floor in front of our recycling station sign and the process began.

Ways to work in partnership with children We have a few waste minimization techniques in place that work really well for the centre.   At present we have a cook that prepares all our meals including morning and afternoon teas.   All of her food scraps and the children’s food scraps are placed into a special chicken bin and one of the teachers takes it home to be recycled into chicken food for her pet chickens. The children have been involved in recycling food for a while and know that the food is not thrown away but it is giving their left over food...