News from Unit­ingCare Gal­ston Early Learn­ing Cen­tre

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - My Council -

It’s a New Year at Gal­ston Early Learn­ing Cen­tre, the ed­u­ca­tors have come back from their hol­i­days ready to start with en­thu­si­asm and in­spi­ra­tion. The chil­dren have shown a great in­ter­est in the progress of our veg­etable gar­den over the past month and we have been fo­cus­ing to em­bed our sus­tain­able prac­tises for 2016.

Late 2015 the chil­dren started to plant our veg­etable / herb gar­den and can now see what has hap­pened to the small pump­kin seeds that they have been wa­ter­ing ev­ery few days since De­cem­ber. We cur­rently have a lovely pump­kin grow­ing in our gar­den al­most due for har­vest, as well as some toma­toes and a va­ri­ety of herbs. In a few weeks’ time the chil­dren and our cook will har­vest what is ready from our gar­den to cook and use the pro­duce in our daily lunches.

The chil­dren are also in­volved in as­sist­ing with look­ing after our worm farm and com­post bin. On a daily ba­sis the chil­dren are able to col­lect the food scraps from their meal times and are then place them ei­ther in our com­post bin or feed them to our worms. We be­lieve this process is a very im­por­tant link to our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren to learn to re­spect, un­der­stand and be ac­tive con­trib­u­tors to our com­mu­nity as they as­sist in look­ing after our nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.

Here at Gal­ston Early Learn­ing Cen­tre we strongly be­lieve that there is an im­por­tance for chil­dren to be a part of em­bed­ding sus­tain­able prac­tises into their ev­ery­day life and we hope that they con­tinue to share these prac­tices with their fam­i­lies back at home.

If you would like to come and have a look at the cen­tre or ask any ques­tions re­gard­ing our Ed­u­ca­tional Pro­gram please feel free to con­tact the Cen­tre Di­rec­tor Daniela Balmer on 9653 1475.

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