|8 April 2019
The children of the Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre in Millicent have been developing their green thumbs with an introduction to Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden program.
The program focuses on growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal, delicious food with the aim of forming positive food habits for life.
Funded by the Centre’s Parent Committee, the program is being guided by educators Sandi Spink and Ellie Sullivan, both having attended training with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation in Adelaide earlier this year.
Centre Director Clara Walker is excited about the learning opportunities the program provides – “The educators will be integrating aspects of food education into the curriculum across all three rooms of the Centre,” Mrs Walker explained.
“It is perfect for the early learning environment. Play based learning in the garden and the kitchen offers endless possibilities to reinforce literacy, numeracy, science, cultural studies and even environmental sustainability, where we can teach the importance of reuse and recycling.
“The children have been planting and caring for many varieties of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. When they harvest, they will be learning to prepare and taste fresh healthy foods, or alternatively to share them with their community.
“They all love digging, watering, picking, collecting, cutting, mixing and tasting. These hands-on sensory experiences are what helps to foster a love of gardening and cooking with fresh seasonal produce and ultimately has a positive impact on the food choices the children make, now and into the future.”
Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre is open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday. Offering full-day, half-day and casual care for babies and children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. For enquiries please call the Centre on 8733 3030.
For further information please contact:
Clara Walker, Director Childcare Services
Telephone: (08) 8733 3030