Alison Featherbe and Louise Lloyd-Evans discuss nature and sustainable citizenship this week on Early Years TV.
Louise Lloyd-Evans owns Young Friends, an Eco-Friendly nursery in Hove and is the founder of SNAP – Sustainable Nurseries Against Plastic. She is passionate about all nurseries not only becoming sustainable but alsso teaching the next generation to look after our planet.
Alison Featherbe has been a private nanny, teaching assistant in a special school, childminder, nursery practitioner, crèche manager, Pre-School SEN Advisor and Early Years Development. Alison now offers advice, support, consultation and training for the Early Years sector through her consultancy company, Orange Caterpillar.
Alison and Louise are working together at Young Friends nursery to educate young people, staff, owners and parents from day one, so sustainability becomes a natural responsibility for all.
In this interview, Alison and Louise explain how the routines and resources at Young Friends nursery encourage children to be aware of nature and appreciate it – whether that is in the garden, on the beach or indoors.
They go on to explain how sustainable citizenship – from recycling to litter picking – is encouraged and explained in an age-appropriate way from babyhood.
Alison and Louise explain how to support parents to recognise the benefits of an environment that is not full of ‘traditional’ nursery resources, the value of play and being in ‘flow’.
This is all whilst still meeting the needs of the EYFS curriculum.
Alison and Louise finish with some top tips and strategies for starting out and creating your own sustainable setting.
Young Friends Nature Nursery website: https://youngfriends.co.uk/
Young Friends Nature Nursery Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YFNNursery/
Young Friends Nature Nursery Twitter: https://twitter.com/YFNursery
Young Friends Nature Nursery Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youngfriendsnursery/
Facebook SNAP for change: https://www.facebook.com/SNAPFORCHANGE
Orange Caterpillar website: https://orangecaterpillar.co.uk/
Orange Caterpillar Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EYSussex/
Alison Featherbe Twitter: https://twitter.com/allyfeatherbe
SchemaPlay website (including OMEP awards): https://schemaplay.wordpress.com/
Flow: The Psychology of Happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi https://amzn.to/2IxwgdH