First Years Early Childhood Consulting and Vegepod have teamed up to bring healthy eating and sustainability to Early Childhood Services.
The concept of ‘patch to plate’ is often a foreign concept for young children, so we are working to make a change.
Using the Vegepod gardening beds, First Years Early Childhood Consulting has designed the KindyGarden Program. This program consists of 5 easy to read lesson formats that help the children prepare the beds, plant the seeds and harvest the produce within 10 weeks (depending on climate). This is perfect for term by term preschools or long day cares that want to share the Vegepod between different age groups.
The program was developed in collaboration with First Years Early Childhood Consulting, Dr Kate Neale from the Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University and Vegepod. It has been created to encourage Early Childhood Education Services to create greenspaces in their facilities, and allow children to take an active lead in how the space is used and enjoyed.
The program not only teaches children all about gardening and gives them an opportunity to taste some organic and yummy produce at its peak of freshness, but encourages children to learn and develop a wide range of skills through doing and playing.
We have taken the hard work out, by linking each lesson plan to the Early Years Learning Framework and providing observation templates for educators to record children’s learning in relation to each lesson. All you need to do is add photos.
Each KindyGarden program pack also comes with educators notes which highlights how the KindyGarden Program helps the service in meeting different elements of the National Quality Framework.
Every pre-school and long day care is able to claim a ten percent discount when purchasing the Vegepod KindyGarden and all the program materials are made available free of charge at purchase.
Vegepod will have a stall at the 2018 ECA National Conference in Sydney, so come and say hi and see the Vegepod Gardening pods in action.
If you would like to know more about the Kindy Garden, please contact Vegepod.
If you would like to know more about the services First Years Early Childhood Consulting offers, including compliance checks and Assessment and Rating support, please head to www.firstyears.com.au or call 1300 251 575