Being respectful of the environment and acting to reduce, re-use and recycle resources should be an important part of the culture and routine for both the children and staff in a childcare setting, leading by example and helping to educate a generation of children growing up in a world that is grappling with huge environmental issues.
Through GECCO Cheryl shares the lessons learned through creating a business that now provides the most sustainable childcare and education in the UK. Cheryl is renowned for the 2017 “glitter ban” that brought global media attention to a simple crafting product that represents the ever-growing problem of microplastics in the marine environment.
Since then Cheryl, through Tops Day Nurseries, has become a champion for sustainability in the early years – carrying out local beach cleans, investing in renewable energy, electric vehicles, real nappies and more, whilst working hard to cut out the use of all single-use plastics in the day-to-day operation of her businesses.
You can do it too!
- Making a start: download Cheryl’s Sustainability Checklist – adapt it to your needs to help record how well you’re doing and remind you how you could be doing more …
Sharing the learning experiences
Ideas and suggestions you may wish to learn from
Millions of plastic toothbrushes end up in landfill every day; bamboo is the sustainable alternative!
Sustainable Food & Feeding
Making sustainable decisions for the health of the child and the health of the planet
Nappies & Toilet Training
Everyone wins by potty training earlier (except manufactures of single-use nappies)
Real Nappies in a Childcare Setting
Tops preferred option is the super-absorbent bamboo nappy, because bamboo is more sustainable than cotton
DIY Baby Wipes
A helpful way to avoid the environmental and financial cost of commercially made baby wipes
Sustainable Play & Activities
A helpful set of criteria for considering play activities from an eco-sustainable perspective
More examples from Tops
Our blog is regularly updated with the latest sustainability moves by Tops Day Nurseries