Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (Online Workshop)

14:30:00 to 16:30:00

As teachers we are required to uphold our code and our standards. In the Code of Professional Responsibility, commitment 4.1 states that kaiako must “promote and protect the principles of human rights, sustainability and social justice”.

This workshop will unpack what sustainability means and why it is important to understand all aspects of sustainability – environmental, sociocultural, and economic. Using these three pillars of sustainability, developed by UNESCO, we will discuss and share ideas for promoting sustainable practices in early childhood settings. Participants will also explore ways to support tamariki to become active and informed citizens who contribute to making their environment and community a more sustainable place to live and grow.

Participants can expect to:

  • Gain an understanding of what sustainability really means
  • Take away ideas on how sustainability can be incorporated into their teaching practice and centre life
  • Approaches for empowering tamariki to make change

Facilitator: Anita Croft

About Anita Croft

Kia ora, my name is Anita Croft, and I am the owner and educator of Growing Kiwi Gardeners. I am a qualified early childhood teacher and hold a Master of Education degree where I studied pre-service early childhood teachers' preparedness to teach education for sustainability.

Based in Christchurch, Growing Kiwi Gardeners runs a hands-on gardening programme for tamariki in early childhood services, and consultation on gardening and sustainable practices. I also offer a fully supported 12-month online gardening programme designed for kaiako and/or services starting out in their gardening curriculum that is available to early childhood services across Aotearoa.

To further support kaiako and services to be successful in their gardening and sustainability practices, I offer specialised professional learning and development that is available through webinars, workshops, and whole-centre professional learning tailored to your centre needs.


  • Online teacher workshops are not recorded, but presentation slides will be made available to registrants.
  • Each workshop costs: $65+GST (ECC members), $95+GST (non members)
  • Any cancellations made more than 24 hours in advance of the workshop will incur a 10% administration fee. Any cancellations made within 24 hours of the workshop will not be eligible for a refund.
  • We will endeavour to provide as much advance notice of a change as is possible, but we cannot accept responsibility for staff time or backfilling positions