Stirling educators take on environmental education

We have launched a professional learning course to engage hundreds of Stirling nursery children in learning more about food and our environment.

Twenty early childhood educators from across ten nurseries and primary schools in the Stirling Council area have come together to take part in our professional learning programme on food and the environment.

The course which will run from April to November will see participants explore how they can further engage hundreds of Stirling nursery children in using food to discover the natural world, our dependence on it and how we can take care of it, increasing staff confidence and capacity to use sustainable food as a context for learning across the curriculum.

The following nurseries are taking part:

  • Balfron Nursery Class
  • Cowie Nursery
  • St Ninian’s Nursery Class
  • Arnprior Nursery
  • Croftamie Nursery
  • Newton Nursery Class
  • East Plean Nursery Class
  • Fallin Nursery & Out of School Care
  • Raploch Nursery
  • Park Drive Nursery

The first session, which took place at Raploch Nursery on Wednesday 25 April, saw participants gather to explore how climate change impacts food and our environment. The course aims to support whole community development around the nurseries, including its grounds and systems, using food as a context for learning aligned with Curriculum for Excellence Health and Wellbeing as well as Learning for Sustainability.

Eve Keepax, Food and Environment Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented: “It’s inspiring to see so many nurseries from across the Stirling area approach this programme with such enthusiasm. It is vital that we involve children in environmental learning from a young age. The skills learnt on this course will support educators to develop their practice in encouraging young people to engage in their environment, improve their relationship with it and allow them the opportunity to make practical choices to protect it.

“We hope that this course will provide the inspiration, understanding and experience for educators to support the children in their school to explore food and the environment issues important to them such as climate change and climate justice, supporting them to make informed choices and - having a positive impact on their everyday lives.”

Councillor Susan McGill, convenor of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “We are pleased that so many early childhood educators from Stirling are participating in this course. This is a great way to increase knowledge and help incorporate the environment into lessons.

“Stirling Council is always looking at innovative ways to develop learning for young people and I am looking forward to see how this will encourage pupils to get further involved in their local environment and help them to make smarter choices in their everyday lives.”

Raploch Nursery is a registered Eco-School. Eco-Schools Scotland is designed to encourage whole school community action on Learning for Sustainability.

27 April 2018

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