As a result of the East Dunbartonshire pilot's success, the Fair Trade Nurseries Programme is now going national! The East Dunbartonshire Fair Trade Steering Group and the Scottish Fair Trade Forum are working together to roll out the initiative across Scotland; interested councils, and individual nurseries, are encouraged to come on board and replicate East Dunbartonshire's success.
One of the great things about Fair Trade is that it fits into nursery activities very easily - you may find you are doing Fair Trade activities already! The themes and values of Fair Trade compliment many other awards and schemes, such as Learning for Sustainability, Ecoschools and Food for Life.
The Fairtrade Foundation has recently opened up the Fairtrade Schools Award to nurseries. There are three stages to the award: FairAware, FairActive and FairAchiever. To start working towards your award you need to register on the Fairtrade Schools website.
The Fair Trade Nurseries team is here to support Early Learning establishments in their applications for the FairAware (or higher) status, and we have created a quick guide to the award - download it here.
The structure of the award aims to help nurseries and schools to achieve three broad goals:
We have developed learning materials that are tailored to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence to help 3-5 year olds learn about Fair Trade through their experience; whether it be through play, arts and crafts, music or discussions. Find out more about links to the curriculum.
Raise awareness within the nursery, and with parents, relatives and the wider community. Hold an event like a Fairtrade bakesale or have a Fairtrade producer come and visit your nursery. The Fairtrade Foundation have developed challenges for schools and nurseries to take one - why not give one a go?
This includes in the staffroom at meetings, in meals and snack for children, in uniforms and in cookers and sport activities.
We have some great resources to help you use more Fair Trade products here.
There is, of course, a wealth of other activity ideas, ranging from 'playing shop' to making Fair Trade sensory play dough. We also have a number of Fair Trade Nursery activity ideas that you can use and adapt in your nursery. You can of course sign up for the Fair Trade Nurseries Newsletter for regular updates of new resources, information and news.
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