Willows Day Nursery earn international environment award
When it comes to saving the planet from harm, pre-schoolers at Willows Day Nursery in Aylesbury are on top of their game according to the global Eco-Schools programme, which involves millions of children across 64 countries.
The scheme’s prestigious ‘Green Flag’ accolade has been awarded to children and staff at the day nursery on Mandeville 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 Willows Manager, Tracey Brett, 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.
“This is predominately a schools programme involving older children, so the fact that our pre-schoolers love the activities and understand the importance of protecting the environment bodes well for the future,” she added.
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 nursery also has an eco-committee which is made up of colleagues and pre-school children who monitor recycling, help their friends ensure resources like paper aren’t wasted, taps are not left running and that knowledge about conservation is shared to be as environmentally considerate as possible.
To attain Green Flag accreditation, Willows 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.