iStock 000023101183 SmallThe Small Green Steps ONLINE program involves four levels ranging from Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Best Practice.  Each level contains 10 steps to introduce sustainability at your Centre.

Completion of each level will earn your Centre a SMALL GREEN STEPS certificate for that level.

There is no time limit to complete the program however the majority of childcare services participating in the program, complete all four levels within 12 months.

Even after you have achieved your four certificates, you are encouraged to keep actively involved in the SMALL GREEN STEPS program in order to enjoy:

  • Regular updates on the program material
  • Monthly informative e-newsletters
  • The ability to renew the date on your certificates
  • Use of the program material to train new staff
  • Use of the program material for refresher training for staff
  • Continual use of the Small Green Steps logo on all material
  • Continuation of your listing on the Small Green Steps register. 

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In Level 1 we help you communicate your objectives and deal with any negative objections that may arise. We then provide the documents for you to form a Green Team, create an enviro policy and develop a Sustainability Commitment Statement. We then introduce basic environmental activities for children and provide environmental learning resources for staff. Your service can then complete a checklist to earn a Level 1 certificate to proudly display at your Centre.  

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Level 2 concentrates on monitoring and managing your waste. We introduce you to five waste management principles Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle to help you play your part in the war against Plastic Pollution.  Level 2 then asks you to organize a litter pick up, the introduction of food waste initiatives and the hosting of a plastic free lunch day. The completion of a Level 2 checklist will earn the respective certificate.

iStock 000006312413XSmallIn Level 3 we start by creating an edible garden area and sustainable outdoor section. You are then encouraged to encourage parents to get involved in your sustainability projects and also organizing a tree planting activity. Enviro learning resources are recommended for children and we then move on to managing your electricity and water use. By submitting a Level 3 checklist, Centres will receive a Level 3 certificate to take them to ADVANCED level.

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The final 10 steps of the 40-step program are designed to take your Centre to BEST PRACTICE level. This entails the completion of a detailed self-inspection on your premises using the Sustainability Inspection template provided. Level 4 also includes a sustainability review of your main supplies and the sustainability of your key partners/governing body. Completion of Level 4 will allow you to apply for your fourth and final certificate on behalf of your Centre.

The Early Learning Centres, Family Day Care Centres, Kindergartens, Preschools and Out of School Care services that have participated in the SMALL GREEN STEPS program are shown below:

Small Green Steps for Childcare has been designed principally to be delivered as an on-line program to anywhere in Australia with Internet access. However, the program can also be delivered in workshop format in a number of areas and regions around Australia. Contact us to enquire if there is a Small Green Steps in-service workshop available in your area.