Aren’t the children too young to represent themselves?
We have seen children in early years settings actively involved in Eco-Committees, however, realistically we acknowledge that some children in nurseries are very young. When children are too young to represent themselves we would like to see a relevant adult representing them to ensure that these children are still involved in Eco-Schools work.
Does the Eco-Committee have to change every year?
No, this is entirely up to you, as long as you ensure a broad age range from your school or nursery is represented.
Do the Eco-Committee have to be displayed on the Eco-Board?
Yes, this provides evidence that helps the Eco-Schools team assess your Green Flag application, ideally you should include a picture of each committee member accompanied by their names and ages.
We understand that sometimes Safeguarding or other issues can make displaying children’s names or photographs difficult – if this is the case please just let the Eco-Schools team know when applying for an Eco-Schools Green Flag.
How often should the Eco-Committee meet?
This is entirely up to you, some Eco-Committees meet weekly, whilst other meet monthly or even less frequently. Our criteria asks you to meet at least once every quarter.
What adults should be on the Eco-Committee?
You choose the adults (that comply with your safeguarding policy) who you would like to invite to join your Eco-Committee. Additional adults may include: teachers, room leaders, learning support assistants, senior leaders/managers, site managers, lunchtime staff, parents or governors.
Do we have to record evidence from Eco-Committee meetings?
Yes, this acts as important evidence towards a Green Flag application. You can either ask an adult to record meeting minutes or record more informal evidence in the style of a learning journey – we have a variety of resources listed above to help with this.
Do we have to display evidence from Eco-Committee meetings on our Eco-Board?
Yes, these should be displayed on your Eco-Board to inform your community about the progress of your Eco-Schools work. A photograph of your Eco-Board will be asked for when applying for an Eco-Schools Green Flag.