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1st Edition

Creating an Eco-Friendly Early Years Setting
A Practical Guide

ISBN 9781138333703
Published June 3, 2020 by Routledge
288 Pages - 42 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers a comprehensive guide to becoming a more eco-friendly setting, from small steps that can be taken to reduce waste and improve efficiency to setting up partnerships. It illustrates how sustainable choices can become a natural part of every child’s education and how children, parents and staff can all inspire sustainable behaviour across local communities and at national and international levels.

Covering all aspects of practice including colleague and parental engagement, the environment, routines, resources, and teaching and learning, the book helps readers and practitioners to embed a sustainable approach in day-to-day practice. It draws on recent research, studies and stories of success and failure that can be adapted to fit everyone’s own journey towards a more sustainable world. The chapters address topics such as:

  • plastics and their alternatives
  • sustainable food
  • sustainable resourcing
  • transport and trips
  • waste management.

Drawing on the experiences of real nurseries and including a wide range of activities and lists of resources, this is an essential read for practitioners, leaders, policymakers and all settings that want to help make sustainable choices a natural part of young children’s lives.

Table of Contents

  1. Parents
  2. Working with Colleagues
  3. Pedagogy
  4. Plastics, and their Alternatives
  5. Nappies and Wet Wipes
  6. Play Activities
  7. Children’s Gardening
  8. The Natural World and Pets
  9. Electronic Equipment
  10. Building Design
  11. Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting, Personal Care
  12. Sustainable Food
  13. Sustainable Resourcing
  14. Transport and Trips
  15. Waste Management
  16. Legal Framework and Relevant Accreditations
  17. Advocacy
  18. Standards, Curricula and Accreditation Specific to Early Years



I. Tops Supplier Grading

II. Tops CSER Policy

III. Tops Sustainable Travel Plan example

IV. Tops Sustainability Check List example

V. GECCO Disposable/Plastic Nappy v Real/Reusable Nappy Poster

VI. Self-accreditation GECCO draft Wheel

VII. Eco festival dates

VIII. Useful websites

IX. Children’s Books

X. Educators’ Books


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Cheryl Hadland is the Founder and Managing Director of Tops Day Nurseries, Aspire Training Team and Hadland Care Group, and the early years sustainability charity, GECCO, UK.