Bedford pre-schoolers earn international environmental award
When it comes to protecting the planet from harm, pre-schoolers at Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford are on top of their game according to the global Eco-Schools programme, which involves millions of children across 64 countries.
The scheme’s most prestigious ‘Green Flag’ accolade has been awarded to children and staff at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery in Bushmead Avenue, which is powered by green electricity and prides itself on sending zero waste to landfill, for their exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.
A delighted Lavenders Day Nursery Manager, Juliana Di ‘Niro, said the award was the culmination of years of sustained effort by staff and children working together.
“Respecting and protecting the environment is an important part of our commitment to give our children the best possible future and we have been delighted with just how engaged they have been with the activities. The fact that our pre-schoolers understand the importance of protecting the environment is brilliant and should be celebrated.”
Children at every age are involved in the ongoing eco-project, from babies using recycled paper from the shredder for sensory activities, to older children creating bug hotels for insect observations and growing vegetables in the garden, which are then picked and used in meals by talented Nursery Chefs.
“This is predominantly a schools programme involving older children so we are thrilled to have earnt this accolade and are very proud that our pre-schoolers are so enthusiastic about caring for the planet. We really believe this will stand them in great stead for their adult lives”, said Claire Adamson, Third in Charge and member of the nursery’s Eco-Committee.
The committee also consists of colleagues Margaret Sanders, Angie O’Boyle, Amy Wright and Ann Wiseman, who take on a range of roles at the setting from Chief Gardener to Wildlife Researcher, as well as a number of children who take a lead role in ensuring the rest of the nursery is environmentally considerate.
To attain Green Flag accreditation, Lavenders had to first obtain Bronze and Silver status. In a change to the normal inspection process due to Covid-restrictions, rigorous vetting of the projects was done via a submission of web evidence, before the sustainable, eco-friendly certificate was awarded.