I’ve just written about how I try to live and raise my family in a way that respects the environment and the natural world. In practice this means making choices about what we buy, our leisure activities, our household chores and what we teach our children. But what does this mean with respect to my childminding business and for mindees and their families?
1. Happy children
Number one should definitely be the fantastic experiences I can provide for children. We will explore woodlands, meadows, moorlands and all the wild places we can find. We will learn how the world works by experiencing it together. And by experiencing all that the natural world has to offer the children will learn to love and respect the environment.
When exploring outdoor environments with the children I encourage Natural Play, where children are given the freedom to explore natural spaces and play with the natural materials that interest them. I also adopt a lot of Forest School practices to provide fun, creative and educational experiences.
2. Healthy children
We spend as much time as possible outside so the children will get lots of fresh air and exercise.
We have a healthy diet – loads of fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, healthy proteins and limited processed foods or refined sugar. Most of our fresh foods are organic and some from our own allotment. Sweet treats are homemade, often by the children.
The children’s exposure to toxins and chemicals is minimised as our toys are mostly made from non-toxic and safe materials and I used non-toxic natural cleaning solutions.
3. Green childcare options for parents
For those who already consider the environmental impact of their lifestyles I can offer childcare in line with these values. Some day to day practices I adopt may differ from other childcare providers for example I use washable cloth wipes instead of disposable and I am happy to change cloth nappies if that is what the child is already using at home.