At Blackberries we are all about investing into our little one’s future! We have already taken some steps towards helping the environment. Across all three settings we use reusable cups and encourage the children to bring in their own water bottles so they can access them throughout the day. By doing so we have stopped using 4,500 plastic cups!
We are switching to cotton aprons for the staff, these are to be worn at snack time, lunch and dinner. This will reduce the amount of plastic aprons by 60% across all settings.
All three of our settings have got the children to design their own recycling bins ready for recycling week. We had a competition based on which family brought in the most plastic water bottles. We had targets above the bins for the children to aim for and extra point were awarded if you hit bullseye.
At Blackberries we run educational sessions throughout the week, teaching the children why we recycle but also the importance behind protecting our planet. We partner with WRAP, and they provided us with interactive videos about recycling and upcycling. The children have plenty of fun upcycling the plastic water bottles into musical instruments, model cars, plant pots, bird feeders and so much more.
There are currently 31,000 baby wipes being used across all settings. We have changed to Bio-degradable wipes and cutting down on how we use them, for example the children will use reusable cloths to clean their hands and faces.
We are adapting to a “switch it off” system, encouraging all members of staff to turn lights and appliances off when they’re not in use.
With our new Forest School and ethos, we are encouraging outdoor learning and exploring. This gives the children the opportunity to learn about their natural environment and the importance of respecting and caring for the environment. Blackberries are adding more recycling bins to encourage the children to recycle and have a scrap corner where they can be creative and build models from the recycled rubbish. Across each setting we are building our own composed heap which can be used in gardening and to help grow our own vegetables.