Cherry Trees Day Nursery mark Environment Day with animal adoption
Children from Cherry Trees Day Nursery in Cranfield celebrated World Environment Day with a series of themed activities, following the news that the setting had gone ‘Climate Positive’ after saving more greenhouse gas emissions than it generates.
At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Duncan Road, pre-schoolers were delighted to adopt an endangered gorilla from the Congo and learn about why their habitat is under threat, as well as researching the ways they can help in the future.
As part of the learning experience, children also looked at plastic pollution using sea creatures in water, as well as going on a bug hunt in the garden with magnifying glasses and creating their very own garden centre by planting seeds in pots.
This was extended to planting wildflowers in the garden to attract bees and butterflies, whilst Pre-School Team Leader, Lorraine Harben, created a water wall to encourage recycling resources through water play and conversations on the topic.
At the setting, children take part in sustainable activities all year round, from crafting with natural and recycled materials to creating habitats for wildlife, leading them to earn a prestigious ‘Green Flag’, the highest accolade in the internationally-recognised Eco-Schools programme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.
Cherry Trees Deputy to Area Manager, Amy Fenn explained;
“We are committed to giving our children the best possible start in life and that includes creating a greener future. The World Environment Day activities were hugely popular and we feel very proud that our pre-schoolers understand the importance of looking after the planet, which will stand them in great stead for life.”
World Environment Day is celebrated annually on 5 June and is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment.