Seedlings

Council supports early childhood education and care services (that is, kindergartens and childcare centres) to include sustainability education in their curriculum and to reduce their energy use, water use and waste generation.

About Seedlings

This program provides the supports early childhood services to reduce their impact on the environment. It is also an opportunity to link in with the children, families, clients and the broader community to increase their environmental education and to promote behaviour change initiatives.

Read about how the Seedlings approach provides a foundation for lifelong learning for sustainability in this edition of Eingana journal from Environment Education Victoria (PDF 4.5MB).

Resources available

The material resources for the ‘Seedlings - Early Years Education for Sustainability’ program are now available for all Early Childhood services to access.

While the City of Port Phillip is responsible for housing and distributing the Seedlings resources, we are not able to mentor services outside of the municipal boundary.  

The Seedlings resources include:

  • Guidebook
  • Milestone checklist
  • Case studies
  • Sustainability Philosophy examples
  • Loose Parts Play manuals
  • Energy, Water, Waste data collection worksheet

The program framework is designed for flexible delivery and allows a range of services to use the same approach. Suitable services include centre-based education and care (childcare and kindergarten), playgroups, Family Day Care and Maternal and Child Health services. 

To request the digital folder of Seedlings resources, please send your enquiry to: enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au, or call 9209 6690.

 

Nature Play 

Find out about the importance of nature play on children’s brain development and access resources to help you incorporate nature play activities with your child. Watch our webinar.

 

Latest news 

Australia's first carbon neutral kindergarten

Albert Park Preschool has become the first certified carbon neutral early childhood service in Australia.We worked with them over the past 5 years as part of Seedlings to reach this milestone which also included reducing their gas use to zero, cutting electricity consumption by 59%, water by 71% and waste by over 50%.The children play a big role, including reading the electricity meters, distributing organic waste to the four worm farms on site, and caring for the community garden.

To achieve carbon neutrality the kindergarten partnered with us to identify and implement opportunities to reduce emissions. Actions included installing solar panels, solar batteries, a solar heat pump and energy efficient LED lighting.

In recognition of this huge achievement together, we recently won the 2019 Cities Power Partnerships Award for community engagement.

 

Clarendon Children’s Centre

It’s official, Clarendon Children’s Centre are excellent and they’ve got the rating to prove it.One of the keys to their success is their approach to embedding sustainability in their teaching practice and the way they operate.

Find out how they do it.

 

Read previous news here.

ALBERT PARK KINDER

When it comes to sustainability Albert Park Kinder like to dream big. Their most recent achievement was to become certified carbon neutral.

Read about their journey here

The IMPACT

With the ongoing support of the Seedling Program the services are reducing their energy use, water use and waste generation. Here are four services that achieved outstanding results between October 2018 and September 2019:

 • Albert Park Kindergarten: Gas use decreased 100%, electricity decreased 95%

 • Bubup Womindjeka Family and Children’s Centre: Gas use decreased 82%

 • Neighbourhood House: Gas use decreased 74%

 • Cheder Menachem ELC: Water use decreased 15%, gas use decreased 29%, electricity use decreased 24% 

"Our centre’s partnership with City of Port Phillip as a member of the Seedlings program has had a significant impact at our service. The mentoring provided by Brett and Verity supports our service to continue to learn and grow. With their guidance we have not only become more sustainable, we’ve strengthened program, community engagement, and developed the skills needed to turn dreams into reality. Every day the Seedlings team comes to visit is a great day for us all and there is always something new to discuss and discover." — Jenny Whelan, Albert Park Kinder’s Director

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