Eco-Schools Green Flag Award

Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging millions of children across 64 different countries, making it the largest environmental schools programme in the world.

The programme provides a framework for learning and action around nine topics – biodiversity, energy, litter, global citizenship, healthy living, grounds, transport, waste and water. It follows a very simple seven-step process to lead schools on their journey to achieving a Green Flag Award.

Once all seven steps are in place and project work in three topic areas has been demonstrated, nurseries can apply for their first Green Flag.

In order to receive a Green Flag recognition, nurseries need to undertake steps 5 and 6 of the Green Flag criteria. These involve monitoring the effectiveness of the Eco-Schools topic actions by collecting data, sending out surveys, with before and after photos, etc. Findings would then be communicated within the nursery and displayed on the eco-board.

The nursery would then also need to agree on an environmental statement that is drawn up by the children. The Eco-Code would reflect the topic actions being worked on and would be displayed on the eco-board.

Although nurseries must apply for the recognition, the Green Flag application is not a test but is a chance to celebrate all of the amazing work carried out! The application for Green Flag provides an opportunity for your Eco-Committee to showcase their fantastic work on the Seven Steps. Once submitted, it is reviewed by Karyn our Eco-Schools Delivery Officer, who will then arrange for a Green Flag assessment visit from one of our assessors.

To find out more about what Tops Day Nurseries are doing to become more sustainable please see below.

Providing happy, nurturing childcare for the hours you need, across over 30 nursery settings in: BabbacombePlymouthBournemouthCharminsterCopnorFawleyGillinghamCorfe MullenHavantLakesideLymingtonTauntonNewportPoolePortsmouthSalisbury,
SouthseaWarehamWimborneWinchester, and Yeovil

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