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Hitchin children have won a prestigious Bronze award for their efforts to turn Highbury Lodge Day Nursery a deeper shade of environmental green.
The Ofsted–rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in Highbury Road is not only well on the way to ‘zero waste to landfill’, it has an Eco-Committee of practitioners and children who organise initiatives like giving out seeds to grow at home, sourcing Fair Trade books and levels of walking to and from the nursery.
Celebrating the internationally recognised Eco-schools Bronze Award for excellence in environmental activity, the day nursery is already working towards a Silver Award and enjoying every minute of it, as Manager Carol Kewley explains:
“Respecting and protecting the environment is an important part of our commitment to give our children the best possible future but we have been surprised by just how many children are fully engaged in these projects.”
The scheme was originally introduced for the nursery pre-school but children as young as two are now enjoying their own age-appropriate green activities.
“All the children love the activities and are learning so much about maths, science and the environment as they go. We are excited about the levels of collaboration we are seeing between the children and how much they have taken on board,” said Carol.
Eco-Schools aims to help make every school in the country sustainable and to bring about behaviour change in young people, and those connected to them, so that good habits learned in schools are followed through into homes and communities.