Brinds Well Day Nursery wins international environment award
Brinds Well Day Nursery pre-schoolers in Orpington have taken outdoor play and learning to a new level and won the prestigious international Eco-Schools Silver Award for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation.
Planting, tending and harvesting vegetables are just some of the popular outdoor activities at the day nursery in Hawstead Lane, which is powered by energy from renewable sources and diverts all its waste away from landfill.
Brinds Well Manager, Nichola Cass, congratulated her young Eco warriors and staff team on their achievement in the scheme involving millions of school children across 64 countries.
“Respecting and protecting the environment is an important part of our commitment to give our children the best possible future, but outside play, which is essential for healthy development, delivers so much more than just awareness of the natural world,” she said.
“Growing herbs and vegetables provides an introduction to simple maths, science, and the importance of good nutrition, and large scale imaginative and multi-sensory activities and exercise helps them develop their problem solving and social skills,” she added.
The Brinds Well Eco Committee, made up of Vanessa Lawrence, Deputy Manager, Chanel Robinson, Nursery Practitioner and pre-schoolers; lead activities which include monitoring recycling efforts; ensuring taps are not left running and that knowledge about conservation is shared.
The day nursery also holds the sought after ‘Food for Life Served Here’ Award for its ‘Salt and added sugar-free’ home-cooked meals; the use of quality, ethically sourced ingredients and activities which teach children about the importance of healthy nutrition.