Kindergarten Havelock North

Piccolini Havelock North Committed to Sustainable Practices

Sustainability is a bit of a buzzword at the moment, but do we even understand what it means? At Piccolini Private Kindergarten and Childcare Havelock North our sustainable practices are part of a bigger picture, and we believe that when little feet take little steps they can make a huge difference to our collective future. Sustainability is something you can practice at home with your daycare kid, they may even have a couple of tips for you themselves!

Food For Thought

One of the ways we tap into sustainability at Piccolini Havelock North is by composting. At our childcare centre we make healthy snacks for morning and afternoon tea, and sometimes we use veggies from our very own garden! When we have finished peeling and preparing, we pop our veggie scraps into the compost in the kitchen, then it goes out to the garden. Once the compost has gone through the decomposition process, it gets fed back into the soil.

How Does Your Garden Grow

Your garden is a great place to learn about how life cycles and ecosystems work. Our kindy kids can get involved with planting seeds, tending the delicate seedlings, planting them out, and then making sure they are nourished and watered. Once the plants have grown we can learn about the proper time to harvest, we can then bring the plants indoors and turn them into delicious snacks Learning to grow food is a really important part of sustainability at our Havelock North childcare centre.

Start Small

You can grow food at home even if you don’t have a lot of space. A few pots on the balcony will work for lettuce and herbs, even tomatoes are great in a limited garden space. By engaging with producing your own food you are contributing to a reduction in the use of fossil fuels – plus you are saving money! We have a great little worm farm at Piccolini Childcare Havelock North, and your tamariki will have lots of chances to get their hands in the soil during their time at our kindergarten.

The Three R’s

Along with learning about food cycles we also separate out our rubbish at Piccolini Private Kindergarten and Childcare Havelock North. We learn ways to reuse containers in the art space and in the garden, and we work together to bring things into our daycare that have more than one use. So another easy sustainable practice to learn is to reduce, reuse and recycle. Most homes have a rubbish system that is supported to utilise the three R’s by their local council, and if you can do these three things – plus start a compost – you are well on your way to living more sustainably.

We love all our preschool whanau to get involved at our childcare centre, if you have some tips or tricks for us around sustainability we would love to hear them. At Piccolini Havelock North we are helping you grow future-focused children, let’s work together!