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Home - Healthy Spaces & Places Download: for all practitioners and decision makers who are working within the built and natural environment, who can help tackle some of Australia’s major preventable health issues by – walking, cycling and using public transport – every day. But it’s also for everyone who can make a difference to the overall health and wellbeing of Australians – design professionals, health professionals, the property development industry, governments and the community. Healthy Spaces and Places supports and complements planning and design initiatives throughout Australia.

organic playground equipment If you don't have trees to climb, then this certainly looks like the next best thing: New Zealand company Dreamweavers make all their play equipment from organic, naturally shaped tree branches and strong colourful ropes. We at Dreamweavers believe that all children need a magical place to climb, play and daydream in. Therefore we create beautiful organic jungle-gyms custom built into your special spot in the garden, whether it’s built into a tree, freestanding, by the pool or tucked away in that secret corner - we build them all. After Effects region of interest After Effects CC 2015 (13.5) is now available. For details about what’s new and changed in After Effects CC 2015 (13.5), see this page. IMPORTANT: Before installing the new version of After Effects, please read this page about the default behavior of the updater, which is to remove all previous versions of the application, and this page about why you might not want to do that. The biggest piece of work for After Effects CC 2015 (13.5) has been a complete re-architecture of how rendering occurs, specifically regarding separating the main render thread from the thread that controls the user interface. Because of this very large change to the fundamental workings of After Effects, most plug-ins needed to be updated; this includes the hundreds of plug-ins included with After Effects, as well as the thousands of plug-ins provided by various third parties. Please, check with the vendors of your third-party plug-ins for updates that are compatible with After Effects CC 2015 (13.5).

What is education for sustainability? / EfS in the curriculum / Home - Education for Sustainability Education for sustainability is about learning to think and act in ways that will safeguard the future wellbeing of people and our planet. What will my students do in education for sustainability? Many contexts, topics or issues that students could explore have a connection to education for sustainability. There are opportunities in most areas for students to examine how the resources we use and what gets left over from living how we do affects the Earth.

Poisonous plants Disclaimer: This fact sheet is for education purposes only. Please consult with your doctor or other health professional to make sure this information is right for your child. Lots of plants are poisonous or capable of causing highly allergic reactions. Some will also pierce you with their sharp spines. Few actually do lasting harm but some should be treated with care and respect.

The Green School Builds Beautiful Bamboo Bridge by Hand in Just Four Months! We have fawned over The Green School in Bali many times before, and they have wowed us once again. Overseen by Indonesian firm PT Bamboo Pure, students and visitors constructed a bamboo bridge in only four months! The hand-built Millennium Bridge consists of 192 bamboo poles to symbolize the world’s numerous countries and was entirely funded by donations. The team not only used local materials, but also implemented ancient and traditional building techniques, including a lalang-alang thatched grass roof. The Green School is an international holistic learning center for people to visit and collect sustainable practices and principles. The 20-acre campus runs solely on solar, micro-hydropower, and bio-diesel power, making the construction of this beautiful bridge incredibly hands-on, sustainable, and eco-friendly.

Early Childhood SIG « Australian Association for Environmental Education About this Group The EC SIG was established in 2003 by AAEE to recognise an emerging group of early childhood professionals working across the early childhood sector to promote education for sustainability. The group includes practising early childhood educators, lecturers at university and TAFE, primary school teachers, educators in extension education services and others with a professional interest in early childhood education for sustainability. The group functions across Australia as a network for coordinating, advocating and resourcing early childhood education for sustainability.

our space: Story tables What are story tables and why do we use it in our site? Story tables are a rich litracy experience where children use props to sequence, recount and retell the story . They are exposed to concepts of print as they help create story tables of their own.Using story tables is an excellent tool for children with English as a second langauge as well as special rights, as they use the props and use verbal and non-verbal communication to tell the story. The story tables can be a functional or factual book with props and adjuncts from the story, for children to retell the story or recreate the story their own way. We often try and use non representational props for (e.g a block for an oven) to extend children's ability to represent ideas and objects. 

Sustainability resources - NSW Department of Education & Communities Quality Area 3 of the National Quality Standard focuses on the physical environment, assessing that it is safe, suitable and provides a rich and diverse range of experiences that promote children's learning and development, and children becoming environmentally aware and responsible. Standard 3.3 of the National Quality Standard requires services to take an active role in caring for its environment and contributes to a sustainable future. For a service to be meeting the National Quality Standard element 3.3.1 requires that sustainable practices are embedded in service operations. Here is a list of useful resources for services wanting to learn more about sustainability:

Be Reggio Inspired: Indoor Learning Environments Welcome to the second of the series Reggio-Inspired Preschool Environments. Reggio-Inspired Learning Environments Space has to be a sort of aquarium that mirrors the ideas, values, attititudes, and culture of the people who live within it.- Loris Malaguzzi Sustainability in Children's Services : Children's Services Green Earth by digitalart © Teacher, DET NSW 2012 SWSi Libraries have created a new LibGuide on Sustainability. The Websites by Industry tab highlights three useful resources for children's services. Or visit the Sustainability LibGuide and browse the hand picked collection of links to websites, online videos, and other on-shelf resources. Don't forget professional journals are a high quality source when researching a topic. You can search the online journals by selecting Databases from the SWSi Libraries webpage.

Transforming our Learning Environment into a Space of Possibilities: August 2012 During our "Great Beginnings" conference/course, we read Mrs. Spitzer's Garden by Edith Pattou, to teachers who were new to the Full-Day EarlyLearning-Kindergarten program. I discovered on Google Books that Edith originally wrote this book as a gift to her daughter's kindergarten teacher, "whose watchful, nurturing spirit reminded her of a gardener tending her garden." In the story, the principal gives Mrs.

Early Learning Incursions - The Sustainability Hub CERES Early Learning Incursions are designed specifically for younger children, with the aim to introduce them to environmental issues in a fun, interactive environment. Our Early Learning Incursions have been developed in conjunction with Environmental Education in Early Childhood (EEEC) and delivered in partnership with Learning Happens (consultants in early childhood and children’s services). Programs are run with props, costumes, books and songs.

Creating a powerful inside learning environment Introduction Caring for infants and toddlers in a group care setting is a relatively new field in early childhood education in New Zealand. The increasing demand for care of this much younger age group has been swift, and caught many of us unprepared for the special nature of working with very young children and their families. Spaces for infants and toddlers often resemble simplified versions of environments for older children, with toys, furnishings and activity areas that do not meet the developmental strengths or interests of this younger age group.