At Oma Rāpeti we recognise the importance of caring for the environment. If children are immersed and involved from a very young age they will develop a respectful disposition towards the world, helping to make it a better place to live. We are an environmentally conscious centre, recycling where we can, and using natural and recycled resources for teaching and play.

Te Whāriki:
Exploration – Goal 4: Children experience an environment where they develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical and material worlds.

Procedures:

  • Children and whanau will be involved as much as possible in the procedures and practices of caring for the environment.
  • We will ensure our outdoor environment includes the 'wonder' that nature has to offer. For example flowers, vegetables, and native flora and fauna.
  • There will be dedicated recycling bins located around the centre to ensure teachers and children can recycle where appropriate.
  • We will have a compost bin, bokashi bins, and worm farms to recycle food waste. As well as feeding fruit and vegetable scraps to the rabbits and chicken.
  • We will use cloth nappies and reusable wipes whenever possible.   We will also support any parent who wishes to use cloth nappies at the centre.
  • To reduce power usage we will employ strategies such as turning off lights when not in use, installing eco light bulbs and turning off computers and electrical appliances at night.
  • To reduce paper waste we will employ strategies such as reusing non-confidential office paper for art purposes, and accept kind donations of paper/cardboard to reuse.
  • We will use bar soap instead of soap that comes in plastic.
  • We recycle soft plastic. 
  • We minimise use of plastic items.We grow our own vegetables to eat.
  • We buy in bulk to reduce packaging.
  • We will use washing lines to minimise use of dryer where possible.
 

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