Sustainability in Early Childhood

Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia
Award Winning Educator
Use sustainability education to connect children with their world and achieve the outcomes of the EYLF and NQS.
Target Audience
Early childhood educators, centre directors and managers, parents and others working with early childhood services.
26 reviews
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Hi there! We’re Kirsty Costa and Angela Andrews from Cool Australia.

We support early childhood centres to incorporate sustainability into their learning programs through the Early Years Learning Framework.

‘Sustainability in the Curriculum’ is a 6 hour course that will help you find meaningful entry points for embedding sustainability in your centre’s daily routines and practices.

In this course, Kirsty Costa will help you explore:

  • What ‘sustainability’ actually means
  • Pedagogical approaches to Education for Sustainability
  • Sustainability in the Early Years Learning Framework
  • Examples of best practice from other schools
  • Cool Australia’s free-to-access lesson plans and digital libraries

The course contains practical sessions where you will be encouraged to ‘give it a go’. There is also an online forum where you can meet early childhood educators from across Australia.

We look forward to connecting with you.

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Cool Australia is an award winning not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting Australian teachers with tools to foster student learning for life.

Audience

Early childhood educators, centre directors and managers, parents and others working with early childhood services.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.

>> This 6 hour online professional development is open for 6 weeks.
We recommend you allocate some time in your calendar, in advance, to enjoy the activities and get the most out of the course.


This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

Start Date Location Availability Price    
08/08/2016 Online Places available $269 + GST See More

Sessions

1. Introduction

1 hour

- Read about course requirements.
- Meet your group.
- Set a personal learning goal.
- Use a fun thinking tool to consider what ‘sustainability’ means to you.
- Investigate the three pillars that make up ‘sustainability’.

2. Education for Sustainability

1 hour

- Explore the seven principles of Education for Sustainability.
- Find out the importance of personal connection to the natural environment.
- Get outside.
- Consider how Education for Sustainability fits into current education trends.

3. EYLF and NQS

1 hour

- Look at the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) more closely.
- Investigate how sustainability fits into the EYLF.
- Identify how sustainability fits into Standard 3.3 of the National Quality Standard... and more.
- Find out how to integrate sustainability into your Quality Improvement Plan.

4. Find What You Need

1 hour

- Spend some time on Cool Australia’s website, exploring units of work, lesson plans and digital libraries.
- Identify which resources will help your teaching.
- Consider where you’d like to start with integrating or extending Education for Sustainability and make a plan for action.

5. One Hour Practical - Give it a Go

1 hour and 30 minutes

- Spend 1 hour planning or implementing Education for Sustainability.
- Reflect on how you went with your practical and ask additional questions.
- Ask additional questions that will help your teaching.

6. Reflect

15 minutes

- Reflect on what you learnt during the course.
- Give feedback on the course.

Bonus!

No duration specified

Keep on learning with these further study activities:
- Find out what other schools are doing on the Enviroweek website.
- Watch a range of videos from schools around Australia.
- Take action for sustainability in just 10 minutes.
- Create a Sustainability Policy for your service.

User Rating

4.8

Latest Reviews

Please note the feedback listed here is unfiltered, and includes all comments and ratings collected.

Sustainability in Early Childhood / Online - Individual
by Belinda Aniello on 02/05/2016

The course was great. I learned so much and would love to do another one in the future.

Sustainability in Early Childhood
by Skye Beaton on 26/04/2016

I enjoyed the course extremely and was very thankful for the opportunity to complete it. It made us realise gaps that we had in our teaching of what sustainability is and also celebrate the successes we were having.

Sustainability in Early Childhood
by Josefine Cornes on 20/04/2016

Course delivery was excellent as was logistics. Easy to understand and follow from a non-IT person.

Sustainability in Early Childhood / Online - Individual
by Shannon Livesly on 13/04/2016

This is a wonderful course that encourages you to reflect and think on your own thoughts on sustainability, also it gives you the resources you can pass onto other educators and use in learning experiences with the children.

Sustainability in Early Childhood / Online - Individual
by Fatima Hatkic on 13/04/2016

Great course!

Sustainability in Early Childhood / Online - Individual
by Kathryn Stack on 13/04/2016

Great course that opens the pathways to further exploration on sustainability.

Sustainability in Early Childhood / Online - Individual
by Amber Blake on 13/04/2016

This course reignited my passion for sustainability and I an using the knowledge I gained through this course to inspire and educate my team members.

Sustainability in Early Childhood / Online - Individual
by Vesna Turalic on 13/04/2016

Great efficient feedback resources activities and materials provided.

Sustainability in Early Childhood / Online - Individual
by Deanna Taylor on 13/04/2016

The course was set up well and easy to access. I found this particular course to be very inspiring for my current interests in teaching.

Sustainability in Early Childhood / Online - Individual
by Shivaun Nelson on 13/04/2016

I have found this course very helpful. It has opened my eyes to the possibilities with sustainability in early childhood. It was 'enjoyable to complete and was easy to navigate through. the links to rescources were really helpful.

Sustainability in Early Childhood
by Mary Brennan on 25/08/2015

Excellent- full of examples and resources to use in the early childhood setting. I would strongly recommend it to other centres.

Sustainability in Early Childhood
by Sue Ann Thum on 25/08/2015

I thought the course was informative and loved the resources and the great feedback I received from the course facilitator. I thought it was also great to have the chance to read others ideas and also have some where it was private.

Sustainability in Early Childhood
by Rebecca Hanson on 25/08/2015

Good course in nice ‘bitesize’ pieces. Lots of short activities, nothing too scary! Practical and relevant to my situation as an Kinder teacher.

Sustainability in Early Childhood
by Amy Bell on 25/08/2015

"My sustainability course was really good, I loved the practical side of it, being able to use the information I had learnt in my centre and my own life. All of the resources and readings were interesting and useful and I enjoyed the videos of other centres, even stealing some of their ideas! I especially liked the Cool Australia activity resources and have already used some of them in my centre and the children, Educators and parents have really enjoyed them and found them interesting.
I loved that my facilitator Kirsty was really involved and was so enthusiastic about our comments and ideas and also gave us lots of other great ideas and info to follow up on.
Thank you for a great and interactive course that was so relevant to what I am doing at our centre and gave me so many great ideas and information."

Sustainability in Early Childhood
by Samantha Kent on 25/08/2015

The course helped broaden my understanding of sustainability and opened up many websites and resources to continue my learning. Which has helped me to implement into my learning environments at my workplace.

Sustainability in Early Childhood
by Christina Reeves on 24/08/2015

I found the course content to be aimed at a very basic level. I didn’t actually learn a lot of new content but there were good reminders, suggestions for activities, great to network with others and a really great range of resources and links were provided

Sustainability in Early Childhood
by Hannah Noll on 23/08/2015

I really enjoyed the course and have already put in place new ideas into our sustainability programmes.

Sustainability in Early Childhood
by Sue Ann Thum on 23/08/2015

I thought the course was informative and loved the resources and the great feedback I received from the course facilitator. I thought it was also great to have the chance to read others ideas and also have some where it was private.

Sustainability in Early Childhood
by Jessica Pepyat on 23/08/2015

Very informative and inspiring.

Sustainability in Early Childhood
by Adriana Cosma on 11/08/2015

I really enjoyed doing this course and learned few things and gained new skills that I have already or will easily apply at my workplace.


About the team


Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia

Creator

Kirsty lives in her element by working in roles that focus on education and community. Most recently, she’s been a primary classroom teacher, an education consultant and teacher coach.

Kirsty inspires audiences with her fresh ideas and provides pathways that help make a difference to teaching and learning. She delivers online courses, webinars, workshops and keynote addresses to educators across the country. Kirsty helps teachers to build their knowledge, skills and confidence so that they can design exceptional learning for all young Australians.

Kirsty was awarded the 2013 Victorian Environmental and Sustainability Educator of the Year.



Cool Australia

Creator

Cool Australia is an award winning not-for-profit dedicated to supporting educators with tools to foster ‘learning for life’. We help integrate topics around sustainability, ethics, economics and wellbeing across the curriculum. This enables teachers of all age groups and disciplines to engage young Aussies in real-life learning whilst achieving Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. Our accredited professional development is designed to build your confidence, understanding and expertise. You will learn through a mixture of practical and thinking activities as well as hearing the stories of others. Plus you will access a range of teaching tools that can you can use straight away in your teaching.