Sustainability at Guardian Childcare
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children
Native American Proverb
Sustainability practices guide and drive everything from our Curriculum to the way we design and run our Centres.
We work closely with our children and families to develop a sense of responsibility and care for our environment. After all, our Centres are there for you and your children.
We are always looking at ways to reduce our impact on the environment, including:
- Reducing our consumption of environmental resources, such as being water-wise.
- Reducing our consumption of resources that have a negative impact on the environment, such as single-use plastics.
- Reducing waste in general.
- Recycling and composting.
- Using safe biodegradable cleaning products.
- Designing our play spaces to provide more natural settings, making the most of natural light to reduce energy use and using natural play materials.
At Guardian, we aim to help shape the environment of tomorrow by:
- Educating and inspiring our children about the wonders of the environment and the importance of sustainability.
- Inspiring our teams and families to be more sustainable in their own homes.
- Partnering with our families to participate in positive environmental projects, such as tree-planting initiatives.
The Guardian Exchange
This space was created to bring our sustainability focus to life. Working with the local community in Richmond (Melbourne), our team collect, sort and display resources for Educators to take back to their Centres. These resources provide Centres with a great range of open-ended materials that spark creativity, ignite imaginations and encourage cognitive and physical development in children.
Here we bring children, families, Educators and the local community together to share experiences and knowledge. The Exchange is home to a resource Centre, workshop and exhibition space which showcases children’s work, on-site café and kitchen, our Richmond Centre, and the Guardian Victoria support office.
To further inspire Educators, the resource team develops creative projects using resources at the Centre and shares with Educators how materials can be used in different ways.
Everything is shared and nothing goes to waste.
The Guardian Pedagogical Exchange brings to life Guardian’s Early Learning philosophy and vision. Inspired by the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Italy and the Remida Centre in Western Australia, The Exchange is how we have interpreted the Reggio Emilia approach for our Australian culture.
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