Resources to support Early Years practitioners
In the guide below you'll find a wealth of information and resources to help you and your setting commence or develop its sustainability journey.
We are all too aware of the difficulties and challenges practitioners face when trying to integrate sustainable practices and learning opportunities into your setting.
In order to fulfill the three pillars of sustainability, we would strongly encourage you to involve families, the local and wider community, colleagues, local similar provision and most importantly, the children in your settings. Use the advice and guidance located throughout this toolkit to help you on your journey. We are always here to help too so please feel free to contact us.
Setting implementation pack
We all benefit from education for sustainability.
When children, young people and adults develop sustainability knowledge, skills and values, they become better equipped and more motivated to create a fairer, greener society. It has the power to be transformative for all.
Research shows that embedding an education for sustainability perspective in England has positive impacts on wellbeing, behaviour, motivation and cognitive skills that also benefit the whole school community. Settings will benefit holistically from engagement with this ECEfS framework remembering that people, animals, plants, insects, rivers, oceans and skies now and in the future benefit hugely too.
We believe that this framework will support providers to develop an education for sustainability lens and encourage young children to become agentic.
Underpinning the whole framework is the recognition of the importance of reflective practitioners, the values they hold and place upon the characteristics of effective learning – how children learn.
The Early Childhood Education for Sustainability framework complements the fundamental British values as they are an intrinsic part of the social/cultural dimension. Core values of equity, justice, rights and inclusion are clearly embedded throughout and will offer examples to support practitioners to fulfil this duty. Additionally, the framework recognises the nine themes of the Eco-School England programme to help practitioners plan activities.