The staff at Milford are passionate about proving that age is no object when it comes to being eco-friendly.
As a pre-school, Milford have shown other settings how they can join in and what they can do to become more environmentally aware. At meetings, our Eco-Coordinator, Sarah, regularly tells other pre-schools how they can be more eco.
We harvest the power of pester by teaching our pupils about being eco in school and at home: for example switching off taps, to make sure no water is wasted (we have even installed a water butt in their allotment and mud kitchen). The lights are only on in Milford when the sun is hiding behind clouds and we harvest the sun for our solar pizza ovens! On the topic of food, we grow all of our own fruit and vegetables (mostly using seeds that parents have donated). Each term we hold allotment workshops for the parents, parents are invited to come along, give advice and share the workload – a great way to get everyone involved. We regularly send messages home to parents to encourage them to follow our eco-friendly actions like swapping plastic straws for paper, making sure our wider community is informed about environmental issues.
Our wildflower meadows and planters encourage biodiversity and this stimulates our children’s learning and we invite many visitors in such as worm watch and the local council’s waste department. To make recycling easy for parents we collect pens, pouches, stamps and batteries to recycle or donate and three times a year we support our community by holding a collection for our local food bank.
As the children are so young, they don’t attend formal Eco-Committee meetings, instead, they learn through their daily routine and activities. By involving parents in everything eco, we make sure to provide these learning opportunities are also available at home.
A note from Eco-Schools
One of the best ways of involving the whole school is to hold a ‘Day or Week of Action,’ there are some examples of these on our Topic pages. These provide an opportunity for everyone in your school to get together to work towards achieving some of the targets set in your Action Plan.