Dec 6 2011 Wirral Council, It's Our World
Youngsters at a local nursery school are proving it is never too early in life to start learning the benefits of saving energy and the different ways in which we can do it.
Nursery school children who go to Brentwood Early Years Centre in Wallasey were among the 4,500 local youngsters who have been supporting efforts to promote Switch It Off Fortnight in the borough.
They dressed up as ‘Bright Sparks’ as they welcomed Wirral Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr. Brian Kenny, to their school to tell them about what they had been learning about.
The lessons they learn are appropriate for their age, but pertinent to everyone; they learn that energy won’t last for ever so we need to save it. When they are not playing with toys, they should turn them off or the batteries will run out and they will need charging to get more energy as energy doesn’t last forever we need to save it not waste it.
If they see a room with no one in and the light on, they are taught they should tell their teacher to switch it off. And if a tap is left running after painting or washing hands, it should be turned off.
During Switch If Off Fortnight, the bright sparks were monitoring their water and electricity usage in the nursery and logging it using a smiley face rating system.
While he was visiting the school, Cllr Kenny also saw some of the other exciting Eco work the children have been doing at nursery. They have a wild flower garden, a tot’s potting area, apple trees, compost area, a wicker sculpture and a bug hotel, which is a habitat to encourage bugs, frogs, hedgehogs to live in.
Cllr. Kenny said: “I’ve been so impressed with all the work the children at Brentwood have been doing and at their enthusiasm for the environment. They were telling me all about the checks they do and that they also tell their parents to switch things off at home. It is fantastic that children so young are educating their parents about the importance and benefits of saving energy!”
Switch Off Fortnight has been running since November 21st and ends tomorrow, 4th December. It has been well-supported in Wirral schools this year with 15 of them taking part, involving around 4,500 pupils, significantly more than took part last year.
During the two weeks the pupils learn all about energy and are encouraged to think about how they can cut down on the amount they use both at school and at home.
Taking part in Switch-Off Fortnight activities also helps with their application for an EDF Eco-Schools award, whether they are just starting out and ready for a bronze award or looking for a major project for their Green Flag Application.