Sustainable Development Goals

The aim of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals is to

“secure a sustainable, peaceful, prosperous and equitable life on earth for everyone now and in the future.”

The Early Years Education for Sustainable Development Award

The Education People in collaboration with Kent County Council and an international lead have developed a new programme to introduce Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to the Early Years and Childcare Sector for the benefit of young children and their families. The award links to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is available nationally and potentially internationally.

The Early Years Sustainable Development Award enables settings to gain accreditation, whilst practitioners, children and their families receive certification in recognition of their active involvement.

The Award comprises an audit tool to be used in the setting, activity booklets for children and their families, training for early years staff and ongoing mentoring support.

The ESD Activity Booklet

  • Inspires and broadens children’s minds
  • Promotes children’s self esteem
  • Strengthens partnership working with families/carers and promotes continuity of learning between home and the setting
  • Incentivises a family approach to learning and exploring
  • Promotes sustainable behaviours at home and in the wider community

The ESD Audit Tool

  • Sets up learning opportunities which link to the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Enhances an appreciation of the immediate environment and the wider world
  • Promotes new skills and concepts for children and adults
  • Encourages positive attitudes and habits
  • Strengthens community awareness and fosters links
  • Assists financial sustainability

For more information or to register for the award please e mail EducationSustainableDev@theeducationpeople.org

Early Years Global Action Programme

The Education People in collaboration with Kent County Council have developed a Global Action Programme to introduce early years settings to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  The programme operates on a rolling basis focussing on  individual SDG’s providing information, advice and practical activities.  This enables early years professionals to raise awareness and introduce the Sustainable Development Goals to pre-school children in an age appropriate way.

In addition to the presentations, activities and networking opportunities early years providers can view a wide range of innovative installations and inspiring displays incorporating ‘living’ and natural materials.

The programme has raised awareness and excitement with Early Years settings in Kent with 100 nurseries already registered providing a potential reach of some 4,000 pre-school children!

For more information and to register for the Global Action Programme please email Lesley.harvey@theeducationpeople.org