Mary Jeavons presented a talk to a large group of children’s services staff in the City of Knox on June 20. The subject of the evening was the importance of nature in outdoor play settings, especially in early childhood.
Knox City Council has an important program called Kinder Gardens for Wildlife , which encourages centres to plant indigenous species to attract the local butterflies, birds, invertebrates and other creatures into their gardens. This enriches children’s experience of the environment and improves habitat and biodiversity.
Organised by Deb Moore, the early year sustainability co-ordinator for the City of Knox, the evening also promoted the EEEC – Environmental Education in Early Childhood a resource centre for early childhood centres and parents, now located in Northcote