Top international award for Winchmore Hill nursery ‘eco warriors’
Woodberry Day Nursery in Winchmore Hill is a deeper shade of environmental green after receiving the top award in an international schools scheme involving millions of children across 64 countries.
The prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award for environmental awareness and conservation has been awarded to children and staff at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Church Hill, which is powered by green electricity and has zero waste to landfill.
An overjoyed Woodberry Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Kavita Tailor, said the award was the result of years of continuous dedication by staff and children, working together in the global Eco-schools programme.
“We are absolutely delighted to have won this award. Respecting and caring for the planet is an important lesson which we believe will stand the children in good stead for life. The fact that our children understand the importance of protecting the environment is brilliant and should be celebrated,” she said.
In the garden outside, children grow and tend to fruit, vegetables and herbs all year round. Once picked, the produce is explored for learning purposes and used by Nursery Chefs in meals for the children.
The garden also plays host to a number of animal habitats, including a bug hotel and the children’s hand-made birdfeeders to encourage biodiversity.
Activities, such as crafting with natural materials, are designed to promote the development of personal, social and emotional life skills as well as introducing the children to basic maths, science and environmental messages.
“The activities are extremely popular with the children and we love seeing how much they enjoy being outside and tending to the eco-projects,” said Team Leader and member of the nursery’s Eco-Committee, Nikol Moravova.
The committee also consists of Nursery Practitioner, Molly Forkan, as well as a number of children who ensure that the rest of the nursery is environmentally considerate. To attain Green Flag accreditation, Woodberry had to first obtain Bronze and Silver status before a seven step programme led by the Eco-Committee.
In a change to the normal inspection process due to coronavirus restrictions, rigorous vetting of the projects was done via a submission of web evidence, before the sustainable, eco-friendly Green Flag certificate was awarded.
Woodberry Day Nursery now becomes Childbase Partnership’s 30th Green Flag Eco-School across a total of 44 settings.