Our Social Purpose
We want to create a world where cultural, social and environmental sustainability are just as important as economic sustainability.
Behavior change and life long learning, and supporting communities become resilient regenerative & empowered, creating networks with shared value.
Educational resources that help teachers at the coalface; in classrooms, within families and communities. Practical tools with daily applications. We can help you create and explore the four Sustainability Pillars (Environment, Economic, Social & Cultural) through Medicinal Gardens, Procurement, Policy, Compost, Chooks, Worms and more!
We believe you can’t solve the challenges of the present & future with tools from the past alone. We provide training & mentorship assisting people to rethink & reconstruct their own understanding of sustainability.
- Our program has been implemented in over 500 Childcare centers across Australia & New Zealand.
- Establishment of a Biannual Education for Sustainability Conference in NSW in partnership with Early Years (largest in NSW).
- Wholesale the largest educational resources supplier in Australia & New Zealand (& the second largest by Spring 2016).
- Delivery of Small Space Gardening Workshops with Manly Council.
- Establishment of our very own childcare centre, a Hub and Centre for Best Practice (opening Spring 2017)
- Contract to 32 new and existing Little Learning Schools across NSW and VIC.
Our Sustainable Education Resources
Each Backyard in a Box contains Learning Experiences and General Resources mapped to the Early Years Learning Framework, My Time Our Place, and the Australian Curriculum. Sets of full colour Provocation, Game and Vocabulary Cards, Educator Readers and Training Manuals complete with instructional DVD’s support learning in the classroom while Child Readers, Literacy and Numeracy Packs support learning into homes and the broader community.
Free access to the Backyard Collective Online Resource Library is granted for 1 Year when you register your product directly with Backyard in a Box here
Developing a sense of wonder, exploring the world, appreciating diversity build the important foundation of connecting kids with natural world.
Investigating the web of life and finding examples of the interdependence and connectedness, complexity and fragility of life, figuring out what in the world speaks to them, what they love.
What actions can be taken to Protect and Defend what they love, their efforts are not in vain and that there can be immediate results, acknowledging that creativity is required to face these challenges, making education for sustainability, a learning by doing process.
In 2003 when Kiri began the process to establish her first EcoPreschool on Sydney’s Northern Beaches she faced considerable risk because, unlike primary and secondary schools, there was practically no push for the introduction of sustainable practice in early childhood education.
It had only been in December 2002, less than a year earlier, that the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the 10 year period beginning January 2005 as the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, so Kiri showed great initiative, as her idea was completely new within that sector.
Today the landscape is completely changed due to the introduction of sustainable practice as compulsory learning in the National Curriculum Framework.
A major impact of the new National Curriculum Framework is that early childhood educators are now under enormous pressure to educate preschool children about an area that they themselves have no training in because until this year, tertiary institutions have provided no units of competency in this subject area.
This is where Eco Kids Preschools’ new enterprise, Backyard In A Box comes into it’s own because, as an owner/operator of childcare centres in Seaforth and Balgowlah, Kiri was able to identify and develop a method of training educators to connect children with nature. Backyard In A Box, as well as complying with the National Law and National Curriculum Framework, dovetails neatly into electives currently being taught in Registered Training Organisations.
Kiri is available to share her vision for sustainable practice in early childhood education with you at your earliest convenience. Click here to contact us.