Sustainability in the Early Years

The aim of this course is to explore how to introduce the principles of sustainability through pedagogy, process and practice, enabling staff to become Green Champions in Early Years settings.

Delivered in six sessions, every two weeks, the course will explore each of the learning outcomes listed below in detail.

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The course content was varied and the leaders were outstanding. The quality of teaching was brilliant, due to the knowledgeable and approachable nature of the educators.
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What does certification mean for you?

Impact – Your expertise in sustainability will raise the next generation of responsible global citizens

Influence – Generate new ideas for activities to stimulate and nurture young minds

Ambition – Improve your career capital and add value to your nursery as a sustainable lead

Leadership – Create future opportunities within your nursery around the pillars of sustainability – social, economic and environmental

Society – Increase your social impact in your community to improve outcomes for all

Resource – Building a sustainable nursery will save you money, while educating a new generation

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Course details

Timing: Six modules presented every two weeks

Location: Delivered online via video conferencing

Course materials: Included and sent in advance of the course start date

Course duration: 12 weeks

Cost: £550 (£100 deposit due upon enrolment and remaining £450 due two weeks before start of course)

Entry requirements: You must be currently working in Early Years

Course outline

Module 1 – Build a holistic sustainability approach through the pedagogy, policies and provision of the setting.

Module 2 – Understand how sustainable practice can impact the Early Years sector.

Module 3 – Be able to identify how you can apply the principles of reuse, recycle and repair.

Module 4 – Develop routine procedures for sustainability in Early Years practice, with particular reference to how we can decrease food waste and consumption of materials and resources.

Module 5 – Be able to teach respect and responsibility in relation to sustainability.

Module 6 – Develop a reflective approach towards placing sustainability at the heart of policy and practice.

The course was very informative and I had gained a lot of knowledge around sustainability in Early Years that I didn’t really think of or know before. It’s taught me the importance of sustainability and how we can embed this with children.
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Start dates


Cohort 3 – 30th September – 9th December 2022 9am to 1pm (Fridays, fortnightly) – FULL


Cohort 1 – 27th January – 14th April

Cohort 2 – 19th May – 11th August

Cohort 3 – 15th September – 8th December

(Dates may be subject to change.)


The course was amazing in developing my confidence around sustainability, as well as looking at all the different areas it entails.
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