Little Beacons has successfully shown its commitment to sustainability, ticking off the ‘Climate and Health’ pathway as part of the Cancer Council Victoria’s Achievement Program.
Both Little Beacons centres have now achieved all six key health areas of the government program, adding a new ‘Climate and Health’ case study as an extra benchmark. The climate actions included increasing active travel, eating more plants, reducing waste and electricity and connecting with nature.
For example, Little Beacons children can visit more than 10 main garden areas and three Indigenous gardens, all providing fresh produce for the children’s meals, canteens and charity groups. Children are involved in growing and harvesting foods and are encouraged to contribute ideas and recipes to the menu.
Individual Programs Co-ordinator Cathi Orr said being physically active has always been a big part of the Little Beacons philosophy. Even the youngest children have to chance to experience the College grounds, taken on walks to feed the ducks, visit the library or art exhibitions.