|Eco Friendly Child Care
How environmentally friendly is your child care service?
Most people have the option to make an environmentally friendly decision in almost every aspect of life these days.
Among other things children are being raised with an awareness of the importance of being careful with water, recycling, reducing waste and minimising their carbon foot print.
In the USA child care providers now have the option to go green by joining the Eco-Healthy Child Care program.
Nearly 1200 providers across America have now been endorsed as eco-friendly and 46451 children are receiving care in services which are safe, healthy, free of chemicals and managed to be environmentally sustainable.
Parents are increasingly seeking environmentally friendly options to protect both the health of their children and the wider environment.
Adopting a few of the simple environmentally sustainable practices as recommended by the Eco-Healthy Child Care program could be a great way of attracting new business, educating the children about the importance of being green and helping your service 'do it's bit'.
Green child care centres are environmentally sensitive; they take measures to ensure that the care environment offers the best for children, locally grown or organic food, non-toxic products and children are taught to respect the earth and all it has to offer.
The Eco-Healthy Child Care Program provides a Child Care Checklist which identifies 25 environmental health criteria relevant to child care providers.
Of the 25 criteria child care services must meet at least 20 to be able to describe themselves as eco-healthy, two of the 25 criteria are mandatory; the use of nontoxic techniques to control pests and no smoking anywhere on the premises or in sight of children.
You can read a summarised version of the most important categories below and then click through to the checklist for a comprehensive list of ideas you could easily introduce in your centre.
The 10 categories that child care centres should focus on in order to become eco-healthy are:
Pesticides and pest preventionThese guidelines represent best practice as recommended by the Eco-Friendly Child Care program and will complement any environmental practices you already have in place. Many Australian child care services have gardens where they grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs and most centres across the country practice recycling.
Remember, by raising environmentally conscious children we are protecting the future of the planet.
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