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Understanding Nature’s Balance at IDEA Early Learning Centre

by Belinda Breeze

As the world faces increasing environmental challenges, equipping children with knowledge about sustainability prepares them to address these challenges as future leaders and change-makers.

At IDEA Early Learning Centre in Victory Heights, Dubai, they are paying more than just lip service to this, announcing the launch of the first sustainability curriculum designed specifically for nursery-age children.

Teaching sustainability involves skills like problem-solving, innovation, and resourcefulness. These skills are valuable not just for environmental issues but for navigating various aspects of life, with IDEA Early Learning Centre introducing a programme that integrates sustainability principles into its early childhood curriculum.

Sustainability education encourages critical thinking, and the curriculum is crafted to instil an understanding and appreciation for environmental conservation among young learners. By way of hands-on activities, absorbing lessons, and interactive experiences, children will embark on a journey to explore the miracles of nature, recognise the significance of conservation, and learn practical ways to contribute positively to the planet.

Claire Walker, Director of IDEA Early Learning Centre, explained: “We believe that early education plays a pivotal role in shaping environmentally conscious individuals”. Our sustainability curriculum goes beyond traditional learning by providing hands-on experiences that empower children to become stewards of the environment.

“At IDEA Early Learning Centre, we believe in fostering a profound connection between children and nature. Our innovative farming curriculum for our children is designed to instil a deep understanding of the agricultural world and cultivate an appreciation for sustainable practices from an early age. Through hands-on experiences, our young learners engage in various farming activities, from planting seeds and nurturing crops to caring for animals. These experiences provide invaluable lessons on responsibility, teamwork, and the interconnectedness of our ecosystem. By immersing children in the farming process, we aim to nurture a sense of stewardship for the environment and an appreciation for where our food comes from”

Recognised as one of the best international nurseries by the Nursery and Day Care Association in the United Kingdom, IDEA Early Learning Centre is committed to empowering children to make informed decisions, become responsible global citizens, and actively contribute to creating a more sustainable world.