Education for Sustainability

UNESCO says “As early childhood education is about laying a sound intellectual, psychological, emotional, social and physical foundation, it has an enormous potential in fostering values, attitudes and skills that support sustainable development.”

National Recycling Week Challenge 2017

As a focus for National Recycling Week 2017 we asked families and staff to assess their reducing and recycling  practices. This included their best tips to help with recycling and their recycling dilemmas.

The links below take you to our Recycling Right news which provides more detail of our learning:

Sustainable futures for children

Waite Campus Childrens Centre is committed to exploring and implementing ways to save water and energy, reduce waste, expand children’s environmental education and foster sustainable lifestyles.

The approach to education for sustainability (EfS) for young children is an experiential one providing opportunities for child-initiated experiences that support children to learn through discovery, using very day teachable moments. Children are actively involved in growing and monitoring plants, recycling, water and energy saving.

Waite Campus Childrens Centre is carbon friendly and has offset their carbon usage for each year since 2007 through the purchase of renewable energy credits from Climate Friendly.

Waite Campus Childrens Centre in an AUSSI SA site. Through this process we have looked at our guiding principles and developed a Site Environment Management Plan (SEMP) which details our action plan for 2015-2017.

WCCC site environment management plan 2020


Education for Sustainability curriculum

Education for Sustainability (EfS) is integrated throughout the curriculum. Educators use intentional teaching both at planned group times and during play experiences across the day to explore and enhance children's understandings.

Here are some examples:

The Centre employs an Education for Sustainability Teacher during Term Time, who is responsible for working with children in Pilyabilyangga, the outdoor play spaces and the kitchen gardens to observe and document the natural environment and seasonal changes, weed, mulch and plant as required, and document the curriculum and learning. The role also includes building and maintaining knowledge and understandings of the traditional owners of the land, and for maintaining the Centre's Site Environment Management Plan (SEMP).

2019 Education for Sustainability reports

2020 Education for Sustainability report



Waite Campus Childrens Centre is proud to have received an award at the 2016 KESAB Expo as the Early Years site with the greatest reduction of waste to landfill. Between July 2014 and July 2016 we reduced our waste by 43%.

Waite Campus Childrens Centre thanks the University of Adelaide's Office of Sustainability for it's Green Projects funds which have enabled us to upgrade to a 10KW solar PV system.

In 2011 Waite Campus Childrens Centre received a commendation award from SA Water for water saving strategies and  'Most Outstanding Site' for Education for Sustainability award from NRM Education.

Waite Campus Childrens Centre is proud to be the winner of the gold award in the Schools and Communities section of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Native and Sustainable Gardens 2011.

You can read the story of how we achieved this: The making of Pilyabilyangga, the butterfly place