Sustainability is a much talked about topic in education and care settings across the world. From Forrest Schools in Denmark to the consumption and waste in childcare centres here in Australia, there are many dimensions to the case of sustainability in childcare. There is, however, one point that cannot be argued, reconnecting children with nature is a priority.
Sustainability & The Natural World
There’s a spare block of land just behind Mr Ahmed’s corner store. There’s a few brittle and broken bushes, a smoke coloured gum tree and lush grass that Mr Ahmed’s son mows every few months. Everyone in the neighbourhood knows the corner store; its deli full of Mrs Ahmed’s home-made cheeses, tasty smoke hams and the freshest salads. You’ll find kids hanging around after school, nagging parents for an ice cream or a bag of lollies. But there’s another reason kids hang around in the spare block of land. It’s their space.