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Here at Juniors we’ve been bothered by this topic for a long time and have taken the time to consider more ways that can emphasise the importance of our role as citizens of planet Earth!
Our practices are surrounded by the importance of our planet and the human attributes that are taken for granted. We demonstrate, practice and discuss all these areas in how each of us can do our part, which is why we have taken it a step further.

Yes we recycle, re-use and reduce – we even have a low wastage policy, but is it enough? No it’s not.
The products and supplies that we use and endorse on our premises will be bio-degradable and environmentally friendly. In particular to the services that we provide to the children in our care – Nappies, wipes and creams. All of these items are available to purchase as we have attained an exciting partnership with Beaming Baby, supplying everything from bio -degradable and reusable nappies to 100% chemical-free natural wooden toys! Yes you will see there is a price difference; but, like we said; you have a choice.

To give you an idea of why:

A child is changed on average of 5 nappies (including pull ups) per day, for the first 3 yrs of their lives that’s roughly 5,500 nappies for 1 child. The population of children under the age of 3yrs in Northern Ireland is approx. 46,875. That means there is currently a landfill of 256,640,625 nappies and counting. It takes up to 500 years for 1 nappy to decompose…

1 NAPPY?!

We cannot continue to use products that are chemically lined, create huge landfills, the oozing waste that is filtering contamination into the earth and water supply and say that we are doing ‘our bit’ for the environment, because it’s wrong. More can always be done we just have to work out a way of doing it right.

This is our choice – will you join us?  

Click HERE to find out how you can reduce your carbon footprint.

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#LetsChangeTheFuture

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Where to start…

Well, it all starts with you really…

 

Our own practices are closely monitored by our children. What they see from us is the foundations of what they will learn and how to use it when it comes to many things in life.

‘Without an influence there can be no habit, without a value there can be no practice’, and so on.
All we want is to make sure the next generation are going to be ok and provide only the best for our children, but at what cost? How do we measure this? Is it in terms of providing toys, technology, materialistic desires? or is it bestowing our values, ethics, principles … our wellbeing practices?

Really, it can be any of these providing no harm is coming to humanity or our planet as a result.
Now, you can sign up to many Facebook pages, share every post about how we can save the planet, sign every Change.org petition going as much as you want- and that’s great! However the action part is a whole different ball game. The ACTION is the bit that gets things done!

The photo above was taken at Rossnowlagh beach,  an active beach community that hold numerous beach cleans throughout the year. You too can get involved by attending or organising a Beach or River Clean. Just follow the link to register HERE

You could set up a Community Garden – talk it over with your neighbours on how you could bring the community together, share responsibilities and unite people for a good cause. Want to know how? Click HERE to find out.

Everything we do or purchase has an environmentally friendly alternative and it’s up to us to decide whether the value of ‘cheap and convenient’ outweighs the value of ‘our planet’s future’. We do have a choice.
From protecting our environment, growing our own, recycling, reusing, reducing packaging etc. Every little helps! It’s about simply caring for our world. We are setting the bar of investing in our children’s future and allow their nurturing nature skills evolve.

 

 

This is our choice –will you join us?

#LetsChangeTheFuture

 

 

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Have you been outside lately?

What’s the plan?

With a new year kicking off for us in the Hangout and Day Care and the exciting launch of Varsity it brings us a shimmering light of thought provoking concepts.
Every September we gather the Kids Committee in order to prepare for the New Year. We get a great mix of interests brought to the table but also a lot of concerning ones revolving around screen time.
Now don’t get us wrong we love our movies but when gamers and bloggers and bring our own mobiles come into the equation we ask ourselves

”What happened to play?”

Same applies to what they will plan to do when they get home – rarely we will hear a reply that doesn’t include a screen or a jammed packed schedule of extra curricular activities; but, we do worry that ‘Free play’ is slowly being pushed out of children’s daily activities.
One of our Standards for Inspection is regarding outdoor facilities. Being an urban setting this can present some challenges but we are lucky to have a variety of spaces as well as those in and outside the Omagh area that we avail of daily. We still aim to continue to build more areas in order to provide kids with what we had when we were younger – the old school ways of play and boost their aspirations to create play.
My point is; if our steady focus is emphasising the consideration and awareness of emotional, physical or mental health to help generate the imagination flow, then why has technology become a dependency rather than the aid it was supposed to be?
I’m sure you would agree when you watch this amazing video created by Nature Valley. This is their take on Richard Louv’s research who coined the phrase: ”nature-deficit disorder” in identifying the major decline on children being outdoors and losing their affinity with nature.
*”What’s happening to children about losing their connection is real and we have some very real reasons to be afraid of the consequences.”

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