Prestigious Green Flag awarded to Crescent Day Nursery children
When it comes to protecting the planet from harm, pre-schoolers at Crescent Day Nursery in Edgbaston 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 day nursery on Calthorpe Road, 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 Crescent Day Nursery Manager, Jo Hassan, said the award was the result of a continuously sustained effort by staff and children working together.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have earnt a Green Flag award as this is predominantly a schools programme which involves older children, so the fact that our pre-schoolers are so engaged and understand the importance of what we’re doing is amazing. We believe this programme provides so many valuable teachings and educational messages, and will stand them in great stead for the rest of their lives.”
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.
“The activities are extremely popular with the children and we have particularly enjoyed learning about recycling, bio-diversity and marine life recently by making posters, litter picking, going on bug hunts outside and taking part in other creative ventures which benefit the planet,” said Amie Draper, Team Leader and member of the nursery’s Eco-Committee.
The Eco-Committee is also made up of a number of Pre-School children, as well as colleagues; Kaamil Yoonis, Josephine Ojomo, Amariah St Juste-Jones and Milaé Thomas, who take a lead role in ensuring the rest of the nursery is environmentally considerate by ensuring resources like paper aren’t wasted, taps are not left running and that knowledge about conservation is shared.
To attain Green Flag accreditation, Crescent 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.