Learn how you can support children to become environmentally friendly, and take responsibility for their surroundings. This short online course is designed to build STEAM concepts in to your early years practice.
Start DateStart Anytime
Course Duration1 month
Education has a key role in addressing sustainability concerns. While we currently raise awareness of the care of living things, plants etc. There is limited guidance on how sustainability links to children’s learning and development. As early childhood practitioners we are well placed to support children to become environmentally friendly, and take responsibility for their surroundings. Children should be encouraged to be actively involved and engaged to share their understanding and awareness with activities set at an appropriate level for children concerned.
Parents and carers should and can also become involved. This module builds practitioners’ awareness on how to support a sustainable future for children through engagement with STEAM activities and concepts.
Why should I study this course?
The module aims to promote the following:
- Raise awareness of how to support sustainability in early education
- How to become a sustainable eco-friendly setting
- Highlight the value to children and links to STEAM concepts
- Introduce activities you can explore with children to reach this goal
Who will recognise my qualification?
This is a CPD qualification, and is aimed at those who which to expand on and extend their knowledge to help them in their daily role.
What will I study during this Going Green – STEAM Learning Supporting Children’s Learning and Development course?
- Learn about sustainability and how it reinforces development of STEAM concepts in children
- Highlight the importance of the adults’ role in enhancing STEAM concepts in relation to sustainability
- Explore different activities which can help develop STEAM concepts while raising awareness of ‘going green’
- Engage with suitable activities – this is a practical element using own materials
How will I learn?
This course is delivered through online learning, enabling you to work at your own pace.
You will have 3 months to successfully complete this course.
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How long are you working in Portobello?
I have been working for Portobello Institute for over 5 years now.
What do you enjoy about working in Portobello?
I love the interaction with students. Every day I get to meet different individuals and learners who are looking to change their lives and I get to be the person who advises them on the best programme to take. It is a fantastic feeling to be part of their journey. For many learners this is a huge decision and I get to be the person who supports them in making that decision. There is an incredible sense of pride when I see our learners graduate and achieve their education goals.
What inspires you about working in education?
I believe that education is impowering and it can often change people’s lives. It increases the learner’s confidence and it allows the learner to reach their full potential. Coming back to education hugely lifts the learner’s self esteem.
Have you a story that you recall that touched you/made you laugh/made you cry?
One particular lady struggled with dyslexia all her life. Her disability really affected her years in school, her career choices and when this learner approached Portobello Institute I worked with her to establish the best way forward, the right course for her was without a doubt in childcare. This lady registered on the course and she needed a lot of hand holding throughout her studies from both myself and the academic team. I recall that the day of her graduation, she received the “Student of Year” award. We were all thrilled and delighted for her! This learner has since gone on to open a very successful Montessori setting.
How do you feel when you have helped a student reach a decision on their course choice?
I am there to be the deciding factor for our learners. We support people in making the right choice of programme for them. We reassure them the whole way and we support them throughout. It is a very rewarding feeling to be part of this process.
How do I apply?
Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic or experience requirements.