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What is sustainability?

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is just one word and yet has invoked hundreds of definitions. 

A widely accepted definition of sustainability is to " the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Brundtland Commission, 1987).

How to build sustainability in your childcare centre.

*Include recycling as part of everyday practice at the education and care service.

*Discuss sustainable practices with the children and families as part of the services education and care curriculum.

*Provide information to families on sustainable practices that are implemented at the education and care service and encourage the application of these practices in the home environment.

*Use a worm farm or composting bin to reduce food waste in the education and care service. Children will be encouraged to place food scraps into separate containers for use in the worm farm or the composting bin. Educators will discuss with the children and families which scraps worms can eat and which foods can be composted. The children will be involved in maintaining the worm farm and compost.

*Aim to purchase equipment that is eco-friendly where possible. Educators will reduce the amount of plastic and disposable equipment they purchase and select materials that are made of natural materials and fibres.

*Use local Council and Government departments as sources of information on sustainable practices used in the local community. They will liaise with the Council and Government departments for possible grants available to put in place water and energy conservation practices in the education and care service. These may include water tanks, grey water systems, converting toilet cisterns to dual flush and converting to water saving taps.

How we are being sustainable in the work place at EIM?

This month the students in the Early childhood and Education class contributed to the world around them, their eyes were opened up to sustainability just as you would open up the eyes of a 3 year old.

They participated in recycling their drink bottles and making them into a vertical indoor herb garden.

We plan to use the herbs in some cooking and tasting experiences in class. YUM!

The students thoroughly enjoyed this activity and learnt about the sustainability processes along the way.


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How many learning stories?

How many learning stories?

Often as Educators we are asked how many learning stories are you doing? Is there a certain amount of learning stories per month that need to be completed? Is one learning story per month enough? These questions are often seen on social media and heard in staff rooms across the nation. Where do we find the answer to these questions?

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Recognition of Prior Learning

Would you like to RPL your qualification or do you know someone who is nervous or worried about gaining formal qualifications to work as an early childhood educator?
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Time Flies

Wow!!!!! We have had a few very exciting times since my last blog. 


Our first Childrens Services class has gone off with out any hitches and the students are having a wonderful time. Have you checked out our facebook page to see all the photos? 


We have also held our first of many Industry Breakfasts for Childrens Services with Caroline Fewster presenting a wonderful session on "documenting in childrens services". This breakfast was very successful with all of the industry bodies (department of education, centre directors, centre owners) who were able to attend. We look forward to our next one in Novemeber where our guest speaker will be Dr Brenda Abbey talking about learning stories.


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Changes to the National Regulations

Did you know minor amendments to the Education and Care Services National Regulations have been made and approved and will come into effect on 1 September 2013?

For more information head on over to ACECQA.


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Industry Breakfast

We are holding our first Industry Breakfast and Workshop 5th September


PRESENTER: Caroline Fewster

TIME: 8.30am - 11.00am

VENUE: EIM Training, Robina Campus


INCLUSIONS: Breakfast & Workshop


If you would like to come please click on the link below to secure your place


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Our First Blog!!!!!!

Hello and welcome to our first Children's Services Blog.

I am going to use this space to provide you with news, information and changes to do with our profession. If you would like to know more about anything to do with Children's Services please leave me a comment and I will do my best to help find you the answers.


Classroom C3G Delivery

I am so excited to announce we will be holding our first Certificate 3 Guarantee class on the 27th August 2013. This course is designed for people who do not hold a certificate 3 or higher in any sector to gain a certificate and enter the work force. We have limited place available so if you are interested please call the campus and speak with Stormie and she will be able to tell you if you are eligible or not.

Check out our changing child care room...........




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