The Eco-Schools programme raises environmental awareness within all of our nurseries and improves the nursery environment and the local community, engaging the children to get involved in a range of environmental activities and projects.
Childbase follow the Eco-Schools programme, operated in the UK by Keep Britain Tidy with the aim of promoting behaviour that has a positive impact on the environment. It is a global scheme operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education and does offer nurseries who achieve Green Flag, the highest award, the opportunity to twin with other Green Flag institutions around the world.
Our children take part in a range of activities that may be related to any of the below topics of the nurseries choosing;
- School Grounds
- Healthy Living
- Global Citizenship
Three subjects are chosen from the ten which will then be the main focus for nursery based activities. The programme follows a 7 step framework which helps guide our nurseries to reach Green Flag Status.
You can see more about the 7 step framework here.
The choice of activities is left entirely down to the individual nursery, giving children an opportunity to discuss and make decisions on what they would like to do.
A popular activity in nurseries is growing plants and vegetables and encouraging children to care for and nurture the them. Most of our nurseries have water butts, as well as composters, so they can keep the garden areas healthy whilst reducing water consumption and reusing food waste.
Bug hotels are also common place in our gardens giving children the opportunity to investigate what is living within the outside area.
The Award Levels
There are 3 levels to the Eco-School programme, and following these will work towards applying for the Green Flag award. The Bronze award can be achieved through steps 1, 2 and 3 of the Eco-Schools framework. The Silver award is achieved through nurseries choosing three topics to work on and implementing steps 4 and 5.
Finally, once all 7 steps are in place, and project work has been demonstrated in three topic areas, nurseries can then apply for their Green Flag.
At Childbase we currently have 16 nurseries on Bronze, 12 on Silver and 13 of our nurseries have achieved the highest accreditation of a Green Flag award.
Green Flag Nurseries