The Little Diggers team, our local communities and families are working hard to change the direction of our future to make a dramatic impact on our surroundings and the world around us. The centre staff and children have been embedding sustainability with everyday practices by up-cycling materials we no longer use and finding a new purpose to recycle these items instead of throwing them away. We have turned broken toys into planters, or we can re-use as loose parts for play. Parents have donated old tins to help us build vegetable planters for strawberries and other vegetables we are growing. Our food orders from the major supermarkets are delivered bag-less to help stop the amount of plastic bags used within our communities.
We have solar panels on the roof to help reduce our energy consumption, and we have installed L.E.D. lights throughout the centre for energy efficiency. The children worked closely to build a herb garden for our community to come and pick when needed for their families. We have our own library in the foyer where used books are available for all children to take home and read, or swap with other books and even bring back a new book for someone else to enjoy. We also have a shared food pantry in the foyer where families can donate to or take from if they need. We have created an exchange children’s clothing rack in the foyer, where families can donate to or take if they are in need. Our centre has been recycling paper and shredding paper for our worm farm and the children are feeding the worms their leftover food to turn into worm juice. In addition, we have introduced native stingless bees to help pollinate native flora to create food supplies. Another dramatic change was moving forward with OWNA a computer program that allowed the centre to start using minimal paper throughout the day to day operations of the business.