Coffs Harbour Community Preschool embraces sustainability and has a strong commitment to environmental education. We promote a sense of responsibility, respect, active participation and enquiry – empowering our future generations to make a positive difference. Our curriculum and everyday practices include education on our shared Aboriginal history of connections with the land; biodiversity – nature connections, gardens and animals; the goodness of fresh food – we grow our own herbs and vegetables to use in our cooking sessions; resources – responsible use of water and energy and minimisation of waste; and living in harmony with the natural environment. Early childhood is a key time to involve children in education for sustainability and develop lifelong practices to ensure the respect and protection of each other and our planet. We believe a sense of wonder, belonging to and love of the natural environment, living things and animals is critical for young children to develop lifelong respectful, positive and proactive attitudes towards protecting our environment, caring for all living creatures and creating a sustainable future. We are grateful to our generous families and Government environmental grants that have allowed us to move towards greater sustainability by installing solar panels, rainwater tanks, a vegetable garden and worm farm. We also thank the children for embracing waste sorting and recycling, power and water saving measures, and continuing to delight us with their discovery of the natural environment in and around the preschool.
“This preschool has been such a positive place for Abi to come to and you have brought out such a wonderful confidence in her. I know that the care and nurturing she has received here over the past 2 years has played a major role in that. So I want to say thank you and let you know that we will really miss our time here but are so very grateful that we had the chance to be a part of this fabulous preschool and experienced the wonderful sense of community that you offer.”Nicole