21st April 2022 All Posts Early Years Foundation Stage

Teaching Early Years Children About Earth Day

Earth Day will be celebrated on 22nd April 2022, and with over 50 years since the launch of this celebration, an emphasis on being sustainable for the sake of our planet is even more important. As we look to educate our children about the world, it is crucial to teach them about the Earth and the ways in which we can keep it safe and healthy. 

The future is now, which is why today we want to discuss the different ways we can teach the next generation about planet Earth. 

Our Responsibility to the Earth

Earth Day is celebrated once a year on the 22nd of April, but we can take what we learn on this day and use it throughout the year to make a positive impact on our planet. When teaching early years children about Earth Day, there are a few main concepts to take on board:

The Importance of Trees

Teaching children about trees and their role in our environment from a young age is crucial, and it will allow them to appreciate the importance of nature and steer them towards better choices in their lives. Having a healthy respect for nature is an important part of a child’s development, and discussing trees and their importance can give a child some key perspective.

Reducing Energy Usage

Energy is something children will seldom think about in their everyday lives. Whether playing on a gaming console, watching TV, or heating food in the microwave – it is important to explain to a child how the appliances work and where the energy comes from. Reducing energy usage at home and in a nursery setting is important for the planet – and finding renewable energy sources is crucial for the survival of Earth. We have some tips to help you reduce energy usage in your nursery setting this month. 

The Importance of Recycling

Children don’t often think about the consequences of their actions and Earth Day can be a valuable opportunity to help rectify this. One example of teaching children about consequences is recycling. Explain to children what happens to rubbish when it is thrown away – whether it ends up in a landfill or the ocean damaging the ecosystem. Practice a recycling activity by gathering some recyclable items and asking children to place them in the correct bins. By instilling the need for recycling from a young age, children will grow up being more responsible for their environment.

Water Conservation

Although 70% of the Earth is made up of water, most of this water is not drinkable. The volume of safe cleaning and drinking water we have access to is limited – and it takes a lot of energy to transport clean water to our homes. Teach children about water and show them some of the things they can do to reduce their water usage each day. These changes can be as simple as turning off the tap while brushing their teeth, or taking shorter showers.  Being more conscious about water usage will benefit the planet as a whole as well as help those who are suffering from water shortages around the world. 

Learning About Earth Day Through Play

Earth Day is a fabulous opportunity to teach children key skills while also having fun. Educating a child about our environment is crucial in their early years development. We have put together a fun FREE Activity Guide for Earth Day featuring 8 themed crafts and activities. Help your child shape a more positive future this year by celebrating Earth Day.

Our sustainability pledge

Here at Connect Childcare, we are committed to sustainability, and we are currently planting a tree for every demo booked with us. We are already on track with our goal with 209 trees planted so far! Help us reach 250 by July 2022 and make a positive impact on our natural world.

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