Growing Together for Great Futures
Sustainable Living Works for Everyone
At KatiKids Educare in Katikati, we care about the environment and we encourage our tamariki to engage with the world in ways that ensure sustainability for future generations. Daycare is a great place to start habits that will serve your child going forward, this means learning about the natural world, how we are all connected, and taking practical steps to reduce our negative impact on our local and global environment.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
At our Katikati early childhood centre we eat together, and we prepare nourishing food for your tamariki every day, some of that food comes straight from our very own garden! Teaching children about food production is a great way to help them understand ways to live sustainably and to allow them to feel that they are part of something larger than themselves. Our garden is a great source of learning from starting seeds, watching them grow, watering and feeding the soil and learning when to harvest our vegetables.
The Cycle of Life
Another way we engage with our environment in positive ways is to reduce what we are sending to council waste management facilities. At our childcare in Katikati, while we are preparing vegetables from our garden as part of our healthy eating approach, we make sure to compost the scraps. This helps tamariki to learn about the cycles that can benefit our soil and make even bigger and juicier vegetables next year!
Children love to get their hands dirty, so combining a yummy dish of food that they helped to grow along with an opportunity to dig and water is a brilliant tactile learning experience that promotes sustainable thinking and practical skills. We provide a safe space in Katikati to start your tamariki on their sustainability journey – we even have a worm farm which is a big favourite for watching and learning.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Outside of the garden, we have recycling and reusing systems which the children are encouraged to learn at KatiKids early learning centre. There are dedicated bins for different types of rubbish and we make sure that everyone knows what goes where – and why – and we learn which items can be useful again after a good wash. If we can instill these values in the children in our community, the future can be a more mindful place, and we also get to preserve our wonderful environment.
Less Paper, More Trees
We encourage all whanau to engage with our great Story Park app, this is first and foremost a way for you to keep up with all the great work your child is producing at daycare. Additionally, this is the way we like to relay messages to whanau about events and communicate other important information. By utilising the Story Park app, all whanau can join us in reducing paper waste at KatiKids early childhood centre, which means fewer trees getting cut down!
Get in touch with KatiKids Educare today to get involved in sustainable learning in the Katikati community.