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Sustainability in Action

Understanding sustainability and successfully incorporating it into everyday learning and practices.

Sustainability in Action will assist educators, managers, coordinators and other staff in all kinds of early education and care settings embed sustainability to meet and exceed the requirements of the EYLF and NQS. It's for those who are taking first steps in sustainability, as well as those wishing to extend current practices. It is also relevant to playgroups, out of hours school care and school environments, and to lecturers and students in training and tertiary institutions,

Ten interconnected aspects of sustainability are explored - biodiversity, water, energy, air and transport, waste, children’s wellbeing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, cultural and social diversity, community and partnerships, and economics - enabling readers to grow their own knowledge as a basis for their actions.

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Ages: 1-5 | Pages: 118 | Code: TS0104 | ISBN: 9781925145069

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Sally Sneddon

Sally 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 programs, conservation projects, community engagement initiatives and volunteer programs.

In co-writing Sustainability in Action in Early Childhood Settings, 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.

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Anne Pettit

Anne 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 programs.


Foreword iv
Preface v
Acknowledgements vi
1.\tYoung children and sustainability1
The importance of sustainability for children everywhere1
Sustainability in early childhood education and care settings2
Sustainability and the Australian curriculum4
Some resource suggestions4
2.\tUnderstanding and taking action for sustainability5
What does ‘sustainability’ mean?5
What are the challenges for ensuring a sustainable future?6
Our ecological footprint and social handprint7
What sustainability can include in early childhood settings8
Some resource suggestions9
3.\tPedagogy and curriculum in educating for sustainability10
Intentional teaching10
Responsiveness to children11
Holistic approaches11
Learning through play13
Learning environments13
Information and communication technologies14
Continuity of learning and transitions14
Assessment for learning15
Cultural competence15
Ongoing learning16
Reflective practice16
4.\tTreading lightly – our ecological footprint17
Air and transport43
5.\tReaching out – our social handprint61
Children’s wellbeing62
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures70
Cultural and social diversity80
Community and partnerships97
6.\tEmbedding sustainability in early childhood settings105
Some thoughts to guide our actions105
Making a difference through individual actions105
Working together to embed sustainability106
Some notes for managers, coordinators and owners of early childhood education and care services110
Calendar of dates related to sustainability112
References and further reading113