Sustainability Action in Early Childhood Settings – 2nd Edition


Incorporating sustainability in early learning, development and wellbeing

Sally Sneddon, Anne Pettit

Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF V2.0) and the National Quality Standard (2018) acknowledge the significant role of sustainability in children’s learning, development, and well-being. Sustainability Action in Early Childhood Settings is a comprehensive guide for early years educators, school environments, and lecturers and students in training and tertiary institutions. It aims to integrate sustainable practices that impact early years programs and the broader community, aligning with EYLF principles and practices, and NQS quality areas.

The book begins by defining sustainability and discussing climate change. It then explores ten environmental and social aspects, highlighting their interconnections and providing actionable suggestions.

Key Aspects Covered:

  • Ecological Footprint:
    • Biodiversity
    • Water
    • Energy
    • Air and Transport
    • Waste
  • Social Handprint:
    • Children’s Wellbeing
    • Australia’s First Nations Cultures and Perspectives
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Community and Partnerships
    • Economics

This book will deepen your current understanding of sustainability in the early years, fostering a more sustainable and inclusive future for the children and communities you serve.


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Sally Sneddon

Sally Sneddon’s career has taken her across Australia, working with a range of organisations to lead environmental education activities, sustainability programs, nature conservation projects, community development outcomes and action on climate change. Sustainability Action in Early Childhood Settings came about from her role as manager of the Little Green Steps program in Western Australia. In this hands-on program, Sally worked in early childhood settings with early years professionals, community-based organisations, local governments and agencies to support staff and involve children in everyday actions for sustainability.

Anne Pettit

Anne Pettit has a background in science and is a qualified and experienced home sustainability assessor and sustainable living educator for all ages from early years to seniors. Pursuing her interests in science, nature, gardening, waste, creativity, literacy and the arts, she has a breadth of experience working in and with small business, local government and not-for-profits, developing programs and materials and delivering engaging sessions that explore and share ideas and activities, with sustainability and its many connections at heart.

Additional Information
Weight 0.34 kg
Dimensions 297 × 210 × 8 cm