Children and staff at Gartocharn Early Leaning and Childcare Centre.

Children and staff at Gartocharn Early Leaning and Childcare Centre are celebrating after being  awarded their third prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

The centre received the award from charity Keep Scotland Beautiful due to  their commitment to the environment  , their work to reuse  litter and their learning about water and biodiversity.

The centre is committed to integrating Eco-learning into the curriculum and  ensuring  children develop an understanding of how to care for the environment and planet through a play based curriculum. Children used litter as their focused topic and planned, designed and created costumes using junk and presented an Eco fashion show for parents, school pupils and local community.

Eco-Schools Scotland aims to make environmental awareness and action a key part of the life and ethos of all schools, for both pupils and staff.

It also provides a framework to engage the wider school community in action and support aligned with the purposes of Curriculum for Excellence and Learning for Sustainability. Eco-Schools Scotland offers schools a choice of ten topics to engage with, from food and the environment, to litter, to energy.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Congratulations to the Eco Committee, and all other pupils and staff at Gartocharn ELCC who worked so hard to achieve their 3rd Green Flag Award. Keep Scotland Beautiful is committed to supporting all our children and young people to develop the capacities, skills and attributes required for learning, living and working in a changing environment and world.”

He added: “The Scottish Eco-Schools programme is regarded as world-leading; with almost every young person in Scotland playing a part in driving environmental excellence forward. Now the pupils and educators of Gartocharn ELCC can proudly say they are engaged in a real movement, across over 60 countries in five continents, striving to improve our environment through learning for sustainability.”

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone at Gartocharn ELCC for their part in being awarded the Green Flag for a third time.  This is an outstanding achievement and everyone should be very proud of how they have helped the environment and made West Dunbartonshire a cleaner, greener area for us and future generations.”

Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “It’s great to hear young people learning from an early age about how the right choices can have a positive impact on the world around them. This award recognises the commitment from everyone at the centre who collectively have the same goal of making positive changes to protect the environment.”

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