“Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important.” http://www.eco-schools.org.uk/
We achieved our second Green Flag award on 26 March 2015.
The Green Flag award is the top Eco-Schools award. Previously we achieved our first Green flag award on 28th September 2012, the Silver award on 24th November 2010 and the Bronze award on 28th January 2010.
We had to fulfil a lengthy list of criteria, which increases with each Green flag award you achieve. Children and families have been involved in many projects over their time at Caverstede- including the development of Woodland days, participate in Cook with Caverstede and maintaining areas such as the Tadpole pond and growing areas.
We have an Eco-Team that meets up every half term to discuss projects and ways forward for the centre. We set an annual action plan for across the centre, looking at areas we can improve and develop further.
We undertake whole centre projects such as ‘Waste Week’, ‘Power down Day’ and ‘Walk to School Week’.
Eco-schools is embedded within our daily practice throughout the centre, from recycling paper and boxes for children to use for art activities through to growing our own fruits and vegetables to taste at snack. The children are involved in a whole host of activities, including doing an environmental survey of the centre!
We strive to maintain our Green Flag status and continue to encourage children and families to be eco-friendly.