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Top Environmental award for Wokingham pre-schoolers

When it comes to saving the planet from harm pre-schoolers at Oak Tree Day Nursery in Wokingham are on top of their game according to the global Eco-Schools programme.

The prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation has been awarded to children and staff at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead, which is powered by green electricity and sends zero waste to landfill.

A delighted Oak Tree Manager, Debbie Williamson, 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 but we have been surprised by just how many children are fully engaged in these projects.

“You have to remember that this is predominately a schools programme involving older children. The fact that our children love the activities and understand the importance of protecting the environment bodes well for the future,” she added. 

All ages are involved in an eco-project with the babies using paper from the shredder in sensory activities and children as young as 18 months old using recyclable  items to create ‘hotels’ for the insects so they can be studied.

In the nursery ‘Oasis Garden’ children grow potatoes, broad beans and carrots which are harvested and tasted during snack times before leftovers and fruit peelings are fed to the Compost Monster which produces nutrients for adding to growing areas. .

The nursery also has an Eco Committee of staff and preschool children who monitor recycling and help their friends ensure resources like paper aren’t wasted; taps are not left running and that knowledge about conservation is shared.

Their latest project has been to encourage everyone to walk, cycle or scooter to nursery following an audit of the many different vehicles and modes of transport passing the nursery.