A kindergarten’s journey into sustainability through the enviroschools in the early years programme.

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Maxwell, A.
Mawson, B.
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2015
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Sustainability , Enviroschools
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Over the past decade there has been an increasing visibility of sustainable practices in early childhood centres in Aotearoa New Zealand. This article describes a small scale research project which investigated a teaching team’s journey into sustainability in one rural kindergarten over a nine month period. Joining the Enviroschools in the Early Years programme provided the teachers with support, resources and a shared focus, and contributed to a sustained commitment to and ongoing emphasis on sustainability as a key part of the kindergarten’s philosophy and practices. The research found the Enviroschools programme is a good fit with the early childhood sector and can support other early childhood educators contemplating a similar journey. Factors significant to the successful transition into sustainability through the Enviroschools in the Early Years programme are identified and challenges that need to be overcome are also discussed.
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Maxwell, A. & Mawson, B. (2015). A kindergarten’s journey into sustainability through the enviroschools in the early years programme. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 12(1), 14-29. Retrieved from https://teachworkojs.aut.ac.nz/autojs/index.php/nzjtw/article/view/7.
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