Incorporating sustainability learning and practices in early childhood settings
Sustainability has a very natural and exciting place in early childhood education. Sustainability in Action will help educators to incorporate sustainability learning and practices in their settings and support them to model and engage young children in day-to-day sustainability.
Chapters 1 to 3 introduce sustainability and show how it can easily be embedded in early childhood settings through curriculum and pedagogy. Chapters 4 and 5 explore ten important aspects of sustainability to provide a valuable foundation for the many actions that are suggested and for others that readers will come up with themselves. Lastly, Chapter 6 offers ways to involve everyone in a setting, whether taking first steps in sustainability or building on current practices, with interest and enthusiasm for making it ‘just the way we do things’ every day.
Written by highly-experienced educators, Sally Sneddon and Anne Pettit, this book will assist educators, managers and coordinators in all kinds of education and care settings for young children to embed sustainability in everyday teaching. It is also a valuable resource for lecturers in tertiary institutions, pre-service teachers, out-of-school hours care providers, playgroups and parents.
Target Age: Early Years (1-5)
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About the Authors:
Sally Sneddon completed a Bachelor of Arts: Nature Tourism in 2000 and has worked with a range of organisations around Australia to deliver environmental education activities, outdoor education programmes, conservation projects, community engagement initiatives and volunteer programmes. In co-writing Sustainability in Action, Sally has also drawn on her experience as project manager for the Australian Association for Environmental Education WA Chapter’s Little Green Steps pilot. In this role she worked closely with early years professionals and linked with government agencies and community-based organisations to identify needs and provide support to educators to embed sustainability in their settings.
Anne Pettit has provided sustainability education and support in early learning environments, schools, local government and various community settings in Perth and regional WA for many years. In 2012 she was awarded the Australian Association for Environmental Education Brian Foreman Scholarship for commitment to environmental education. Anne has a multi-disciplinary science degree and is a qualified home sustainability assessor/advisor. Her particular interests include rethinking waste, the significance of language for sustainability and the knowledge and skills that enable people of all ages, in all situations, to easily adopt practical aspects of sustainable living. Anne also writes poetry and environmental and sustainability material and programmes.