Our team at Young Friends Nature Nursery provides your child with opportunities to learn to through the natural world.
Children communicate confidently about their environment and how to protect it and are encouraged to build their vocabulary and understanding around nature, conservation and recycling. They develop physically inside and out and benefit from learning spaces that challenge and provide opportunities to find out about what their bodies can do. We have a focus on caring for others and children develop the social skills they need to work together to solve problems.
We provide activities that are centred around children’s interests and current patterns of behaviour. We use natural biodegradable/compostable materials and objects found in nature and ensure that everything we plan and do develops children as they interact with the environment, build an ethos of respect and responsibility and construct an environmental awareness for life.
We refer to biodiversity, climate change, ocean awareness, the different ecosystems and use our recycling, composting and upcycling to allow children to develop skills in maths, literacy, creativity and understanding the world around them
We are a passionate bunch who each find this way of teaching and learning rewarding and exciting. As a result our children are communicative, confident, developing well in all areas and have an environmental knowledge that would normally far exceed their years.
We believe our unique and trailblazing way of teaching the children will go some way to ensuring the next generation are creative in protecting our planet.
“Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations.”
At Young Friends, our focus on sustainability means working in partnership with each other, our families, other settings and the wider community to develop plans that combine long-term successful economic viability with maximum social responsibility and environmental care. Following our principles of sustainability means we are always working together to enable Young Friends to forge a path toward larger environmental, social, and economic responsibility goals.
We have taken part in the new Early Childhood Sustainable Citizenship Bronze Award from OMEP-UK and are now working towards Silver. The scheme has been designed to promote the idea that humankind lives interdependently with the natural world. Children and families take part in the award too and receive a sustainable citizenship ‘passport’ summarising the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the importance of living sustainably. Children collect award stickers for their ‘passports’, attained by completing educational activities at home and nursery ranging from the identification of three wild birds and the recycling of waste materials to recognition of cultural diversity.
All the activities are based around five educational areas which are designed to broadly address the UN Sustainable Development Goals:
· social-cultural education
· economics education
· environmental education
· emergent literacy education
· emergent numeracy education
Our children are encouraged to think about others and the interlinking development between people and the earth, through play and investigation. This ensures they develop appropriate social skills. Our visits to our local community encourages a respect for others and a valuing of different views and opinions. At Young Friends we are completely dedicated to encouraging children to learn about how they respect and care for each other and their wider environment.