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Planet Protectors

By teaching children ways they can help protect the planet, they can learn how to be environmentally conscious and make sustainable choices in their daily lives. This can include things like recycling, conserving energy, and reducing waste. By educating children about the planet and the environment, we are helping them develop a sense of environmental responsibility that will benefit both them and the planet for years to come.

On this page you'll find some ways you can encourage a wider underatanding about the environment at home.

Nursery practitioner exploring the outdoors with two children looking into the grassy area 

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Talk to your child about the importance of recycling and encourage them to do so at home.

• Teaching children about recycling, reducing waste, and reusing materials is important for their development because it helps them understand the impact of their actions on the environment and teaches them to be responsible planet protectors.

• These conversations also foster critical thinking skills, creativity and problem-solving abilities as children learn to find new ways to reduce waste and conserve resources.

• This education also helps children to make informed choices in the future.

Child next to the recycle bin

Get involved in litter picking together in your local area

• Involving children in litter picking has many benefits. It helps to teach children about the importance of keeping their community clean and the impact of litter on the environment.

• It helps to foster a sense of responsibility and community engagement, and is a fun and interactive way for children to learn about the importance of taking care of the planet.

• By participating in litter picking, children may be more likely to think twice before littering themselves.

Children taking part in a litter picking experience 

Caring for plants and living things

This is great way to connect children with nature and to teach them about the importance of taking care of the environment.

• It helps children to understand the importance of taking care of living things and the impact of their actions on the environment, and teaches them responsibility and how to care for something over time.

• Working with plants can also improve their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and is a great way for children to learn about the science of plants, such as photosynthesis, the water cycle and how plants grow.

• Engaging children in gardening can also provide a sense of accomplishment and pride when they see their plants thrive.

Older practitioner helping two young girls water the plants in the train planter outside the nursery
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