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Eco-Schools early years resources from LJMU

Liverpool John Moores University have created a set of Eco-Schools resources for early years providers.  Here they provide some background to the resources, and a link to the full set of resources on the Eco-Schools website:

At LJMU we believe in a more environmentally sustainable and socially just world where people live healthy, enjoyable lives in thriving environments. What young people learn today will influence how future generations live. Eco-Schools is part of a growing global movement that seeks to nurture knowledge, creativity, kindness, wisdom, critical thinking, empathy and many more of the skills and values that will allow sustainable development to flourish and a better world to emerge.

The Eco School project developed as a consequence of a Second year early years module at Liverpool John Moores University.  Whilst researching for practical links and opportunities for the students, I noticed that the Eco Schools Website made no reference to early years. Following a telephone call with Morgan Phillips the Education Manager for Eco School, they agreed to work with LJMU to develop an Early Years framework based upon their nine themes. The group comprised of staff from LJMU (Diane Boyd and Nicky Hirst), two interns from LJMU (Catherine McNeill and Gemma Fisher)  a representative of OMEP UK and Hope University (Zoi Nikiforidou) early year’s lead practitioners from Hampshire/ Dorset/St Helens (Sarah Emerson, Mavis Smith ) and Professor John Siraj-Blatchford (University of Plymouth ). The group has since expanded to include representatives from Birmingham, Hertfordshire and Nottingham (Mark Bird) and the Wirral (Jan Davis and Jenny Jackson).

An Early year’s framework which followed the same format as the Eco School Handbook, linking the EYFS (DfE, 2014) to the themes of Eco School England, was sent to key cluster groups across England to gather feedback. This feedback was then collated and a trial framework was developed as a result of it. Feedback suggested that practitioners wanted a resource that was easy to utilise with similar aspects to the original EYFS (DCSF, 2008) – a poster, themed practical cards and a handbook. This resource also needed to be accessible and relevant to all early years’ providers and provision, including childminders, children’s centres and playgroups etc. The developed trial framework is also now available on the Eco School website under resources for all providers and practitioners to access.

The team would like any practitioner/provider that utilises the Early Years packs to send feedback to us as we are aiming to further develop the framework for September 2017, based upon the trials.

Please send any feedback which can be ideas tried and tested, or suggestions to improve the resource to either Catherine McMeill or Diane Boyd.

Access the toolkit on the Eco-Schools website (external link)