Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Childcare Centre Makes Huge Contribution to Environment

Childcare Centre Makes Huge Contribution to Environmental Sustainability

Child’s Wonder Daycare centre in Papamoa has become Tauranga’s most forward thinking Early Childhood Education Centre.

The centre has changed from using disposable nappies during the day to using cloth nappies full time with the help of The Nappy Lady, Kate Meads who is supported by Tauranga City Council's Waste Minimisation programme.

This was a big step for centre manager Beverly Cruywagen and Jo Wensor the Head Teacher of the nursery section. Jo and Beverly worked closely with Kate, all of the centre families and nursery staff to make the change.

This involved detailing each step of the change over, so that they were able to be an integral part of this initiative.

The project has been really well received by families and many parents have in a very short space of time gone on to using cloth nappies at home with equal success.

‘There is very little effort required to wash the nappies. It is much less time consuming than what we originally thought.’ Says Beverly. ‘We also estimate that we have prevented over 500 nappies from going to landfill in a just a few short weeks.’

Despite the massive impact disposable nappies have on the environment there is an equally massive impact that disposables have on the family’s finances. We expect that our families will notice significant savings every week just through the centre using cloth nappies.

It doesn’t stop there though. Childs Wonder also employ a chef to cook wholesome meals for the children every day.

‘The children and the parents love checking out the menu board every day’ Says Beverly ‘And the baking smells drifting out of the kitchen are just delicious.’

All of this has resulted in there being a huge reduction in the amount of food waste and packaging the centre has to dispose of on a daily basis.

Also with a keen focus on nature their outdoors play area is a childs dream. They have animals like a bunny and sometimes laying hens, and real grass for the kids to play on. It may sound odd but many places nowadays have artificial grass.

The whole environmental concept of Childs Wonder is to teach the kids about nature, protect our environment and only leave a light environmental footprint.

Child’s Wonder and their families feel they have made the right decision and are delighted to be a part of this new initiative.

They even go as far as to encourage other centres in Tauranga to take up the initiative to do the same and they would gladly support these centres in making the change to Cloth Nappies and Sustainability.

-ENDS-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mana Māori: Kawenata Unites Kaupapa Māori Parties

The Māori Party and Mana Party have signed a historic agreement today to unite Māori politically.

Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan said the kawenata or agreement was a huge step forward for Māori in the lead up to the general elections.

"Today is an important day for the Māori nation because today is when the country's only two kaupapa Māori political parties unite to work tactically together in the best interests of our people," says Mr Morgan. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Welfare: WINZ Breaching Privacy Laws With WINZ Vetting Rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices. The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.More>>

ALSO:

Turnbull Visit: Leaders’ Talks Cement Trade Relations, Science Agreement

Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation. Mr English also thanked Mr Turnbull for Australia’s offer of support for those fighting the fires on the Port Hills in Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

Youth Guarantee: Upskilling Fund Used For Retraining

News that one in five of the people enrolling in Youth Guarantee already hold qualifications at the level they’re enrolling in highlights the failure of the scheme to reach the disengaged young people it was set up to assist, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What Trump May Mean For Us

So far not much effort has been put into tracing the possible implications for New Zealand of the stream of executive orders and tweets that have been pouring from the Oval Office. Unfortunately, we may not simply be drive-by rubberneckers at this car wreck for much longer. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news