How to Create a Green Child Care Center
Maintaining a healthy environment for kids is an important part of early education. Parents, teachers and kids can work together to create green spaces at home or in the classroom. Support a green child care center with these helpful tips.
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Greening your child care space is an opportunity to engage kids in environmentally friendly practices that can also save you money.
These steps are easy to implement and most are easy for kids to help set up and maintain. Involving kids in the planning and delivery of a green child space will help create a more meaningful learning environment.
What is a green environment?
'Green' is a buzzword, and one we use a lot these days. It's all about respecting our environment by finding ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Kids often here about environmental issues around Earth Day. Hands-on activities are included in preschool and kindergarten programs to create awareness of harmful practices such as pollution, as well as healing practices such as recycling and reusing.
7 tips for creating a green child care center
- Use separate containers for garbage and recyclables, as well as bins for compost. Colorful labels will allow children to identify the contents for proper sorting. Include teaching kids how to sort garbage in your daily lesson plan.
- Reduce your use of paper products. Consider using individual personal hand towels, rather than disposable paper towels.
- Provide adequate energy-saving lighting. New efficient light bulbs consume less energy and keep costs down. Remember to turn lights off when leaving a room.
- Reuse old clothing for cleaning. Put your hand into a sock to use as a duster. Cut up t-shirts to make rags to use as cleaning cloths.
- Recycle household items for craft projects. 1) Pour paint and glue into jar lids. 2) Decorate cardboard tubes for telescopes. 3) Recycle t-shirts as protective cover-ups for painting projects. 4) Glue craft eyes and yarn hair to mittens to make homemade puppets.
- Look to your community for freebies. 1) Collect lightly used toys and books from parents, friends and garage sales. 2) Promote toy and book exchanges with other child care centers. 3) Request paper scraps from a printing company or wallpaper samples from a paint store.
- Reduce water temperature. This may be required in some classrooms and licensed centers but it can be beneficial at home as well. Lowering the maximum hot water temperature on your tap saves you money and is safer for the kids.
Promoting green practices in your child care center is is good for the environment and saves you money!