Lead your nursery in creating sustainable impact

Launched in 2021, the aim of this course is to explore how to introduce the principles of sustainability through teaching and learning, process and practice, enabling staff to become Green Champions in Early Years settings.

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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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Course details

The course has six modules and is delivered every two weeks in four-hour interactive online sessions via Zoom. It is accessible to Early Years professionals working anywhere.

Course length: 6 modules taught over 12 weeks made up of 4-hour sessions per fortnight

2024 Dates:

Cohort 1: 5th April running until 14th June

Cohort 2: 6th September running until 15th November

(Dates may be subject to change.)

Timings: Fortnightly on Friday mornings from 9am until 1pm

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Entry requirements

You must be currently working in an Early Years setting.
Course participants must have access to a laptop or tablet.

Listen to Rebecca talk about the benefits of enrolling on the course for her nursery.


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

Please note we do not charge VAT

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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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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

Advocacy – Inspire the next generation of eco-champions and encourage a higher level or responsibility for our planet

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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Contact us

Please get in touch with any questions or queries you may have at green@leyf.org.uk or on 020 7834 8679.

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