In a bid to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly, pre-schoolers in Mittagong have had a new vegetable patch installed in their main yard.
The tots at Best Kidz Early Learning Centre were given a helping hand by Bunnings Mittagong to build the garden, which features three coloured garden bed boxes packed with herb, fruit and vegetable plants.
Teacher Claire Economos said the garden was part of a long-term sustainability project being pursued by the pre-school.
“We believe that young children can be supported to become environmentally responsible and show respect for the environment, and that it is our responsibility to teach them,” she said.
“We have ordered mini red and yellow bins for our classrooms to help the kids understand recycling and general waste, and we’re considering the swap to ‘green cleaning’, which is an alternative chemical-free method of cleaning.”
Pre-schoolers will help maintain the garden by watering and feeding the plants, as well as picking produce for afternoon tea.
Best Kidz has also recently introduced the concept of “environmental monitors”, where students are encouraged to monitor their peers’ paper towel and water usage, and make sure the compost is emptied and lights are turned off when leaving a room.