Sustainability within our Kindergarten Programs
Our Kitchen Garden Program
At Woodhouse Grove Kinder we are constantly working together with children, families, educators and the community to embed sustainable practises in our program and educate children on how to care for and respect their environment. We are always looking for new steps to take to become more sustainable and to learn more about the importance of caring for our environment.
We are proud and excited to be a part of the ‘Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program’. We are continuously learning from experiences, planning, professional development and the abundance of resources which continues to grow.
Throughout the program we implement a range experiences for children to learn about and engage in cooking, gardening, caring of our environment and much more. The Kitchen Garden program is about ‘Pleasurable Food Education’
Below is a description of what the program is about!
This is what it is all about
Pleasurable: Children love kitchen and garden classes because they’re fun. Pleasurable food education is about children experiencing the joy of digging in the garden, picking fresh veggies, smelling and tasting the food they prepare, and sharing the experience with their classmates and helpers.
Food: Pleasurable food education teaches students to grow fresh, seasonal produce and use it to prepare nutritious, delicious food. Students are given all the skills, experiences and role modelling they need to learn to love their veggies and make healthier choices about what to cook and eat, for life.
Education: Pleasurable food education is ripe with learning possibilities. In the kitchen and in the garden, students discover ideas and concepts first-hand, through real-life experience.
Food education can be integrated into any curriculum, from preschool to secondary school, to provide a hands-on understanding of literacy, numeracy, science and much more. Students also learn life skills they can take beyond the classroom that will help them to make healthier choices into the future.
Within our program
The Kitchen Garden Program is embedded in our practice here at Woodhouse Grove Kindergarten as we teach and guide children in being respectful and aware of their environment, being sustainable and learning about cooking, and the connection between the food we eat and our environment.
Children engage in sustainable practices as they care for our natural environment, watch the garden grow and help to care for plants, use our crops to cook/eat and much more!
Within our 4 year old program we have a more structured Kitchen Garden Program which runs every 3 to 4 weeks throughout the year. During these classes we reach out for volunteers to come and help run the sessions as well as share knowledge and experiences with us.
Here are some examples of experiences we provide: Composting, planting, outdoor art projects, tool/kitchen utensil licenses, seed exploration, scarecrows, bug catchers, observational drawing (the list goes on!).
The Kitchen Garden Program is a fantastic, engaging and valuable part of our program which provides enriching experiences for children to learn about and engage in sustainable living.
Please call us to organise a tour with one of our educators or if you have any questions.
112 Woodhouse Grove
Box Hill North VIC 3129
03 9898 1994