Poole-based SchemaPlay is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company run by John Siraj-Blatchford and Valerie Huggins. The company produces publications, resources and training opportunities for Early Childhood Education; they are also committed to an early childhood educational philosophy and practice that is grounded in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
SchemePlay is working with OMEP UK, a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the Rights of the Child, on the recently launched Early Childhood Education for Sustainable Citizenship (ESC) Award. The Award has been developed to support a wide range of early childhood providers including childminders, preschools, and nurseries who are working with parents in supporting the objectives of Education for sustainable development in early childhood.
The associated resources and training materials offer an optimistic, and pro-active approach to the subject that celebrates sustainable achievements and innovations and encourages children to feel themselves involved in the creation of a more sustainable future.
The scheme is organised around an OMEP ‘ESC Passport’ that is provided. Each child is able to collect up to 15 award stickers for entry into their passport, and these show their ESC achievements at Bronze, Silver and Gold level. The passport also includes discounted entry to wildlife conservation parks and other related community resources and services.
Sustainable Development in the Early Years – educational resources
SchemaPlay also offers a range of resources for those interested in Education for Sustainable Development in the Early Years. We have published a new page which includes a listing with links to websites and articles of interest: