We instil this economic awareness by expecting the children to look after resources at kindergarten and in their environment, and think about how we can re-use and recycle.
We think about the cost to our pocket, the community, and the planet, and so do the children.
The children are responsible for looking after their kindergarten environment – from tidying up after themselves and making sure things are put away, to caring for the plants and animals in our nature habitats.
They help to wash up and clear away after meals, and are expected to treat all the resources with respect – from being aware of the resources they use, to taking care of things to avoid them getting lost or broken.
Even very young children are able to understand, and they enjoy being responsible.
The children re-use and upcycle wherever possible, and learn how using or conserving resources like paper, or water, affects the planet.
They learn to respect food – we don’t use food for play, for example; no pasta pictures here! – by growing, harvesting and preparing it, and not a scrap is wasted. The children enjoy a plant-based menu here, so anything that isn’t eaten goes into the composting bins or the wormery.
Everyone is responsible for making sure we don’t waste electricity or water, and the children learn about the cost to us, to the community and to the planet of all the resources we use – here or at home.
The children are regularly involved in raising money for charity. From making things like bug hotels and bird feeders in our workshop which they sell to raise money, to sponsored events, they love to feel as though they are making a difference.