Prestigious Green Flag awarded to Grasshoppers Day Nursery children
When it comes to protecting the planet from harm, pre-schoolers at Grasshoppers Day Nursery in St Albans 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 on York 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 Grasshoppers Deputy Manager, Monika Kelly, said the award was the result of years of 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 setting also has a dedicated Eco-Committee which is made up of a number of children, as well as colleagues; Lauren Ringrose, Jeni Neville, Jasmine Bosworthick, Rashna Begum and Kerry Fletcher, who take a lead role in ensuring the rest of the nursery is environmentally considerate by implementing changes where possible.
To attain Green Flag accreditation, Grasshoppers 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.