Austrian Eco-label - we are back again
“When I dream alone, it is only a dream. When we dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.”
– Dom Hélder Càmara –
In this spirit, our locations Am Heumarkt, Dornbach and Heiligenstadt are now also applying for the Austrian Eco-label for Kindergartens and are in the process of taking stock of the sustainable activities that have already been developed in the past months and at the same time testing new pedagogical impulses. There are no limits to creativity and the fun of implementation is not missing either. The examination of the various criteria enriches our everyday work just as much as the general handling of the available resources.
We wish our teams much joy in this lively application process!
Nature Time at the Schmetterling Kindergarten
As part of the nature time at the Schmetterling kindergarten, the children learn about the seasons intensively.
We introduce the children to nature and herbs in a playful and fairytale-like, wild and healthy way.
In spring, the garden beds were prepared so that our fruit and vegetable plants as well as flowers could be planted immediately afterwards. Soon the snack or lunch table was enriched with harvested vegetables, salads (radishes, tomatoes etc.) and fresh herbs.
We also got to know our trees and wild herbs in the garden and observed them throughout the year. Last but not least, the children of the Owl Group made a “butterfly immune” oxymel from the nasturtium, which is now available in our Kindergarten for a donation, in accordance with the snuff nose season.
Preparation week 2022
This year again, our preparation week was under the motto “Together we can create everything new for the start of kindergarten” on 05.09.2022.
Many different trainings such as first aid and fire safety were on the programme as a refresher. Our teams made the groups flourish again and equipped them with many new games and furniture made of high-quality and sustainable materials. Team building on the individual sites was not neglected either. From happiness to mindfulness training but also topics like resilience and many different dynamic team games refreshed the programme.
As always, our employees were treated to the best barbecue from the Rathstraße kitchen team. From venison fillet to vegan dishes, there was everything to please the palate.
And the joint team day was again spent very differently from location to location. While the team from Heiligenstadt went out on the pedal boats, the staff from Dornbacher Straße went into the forest. The staff at the Am Heumarkt site dealt intensively with the local flora and made healing ointments and tinctures. The Neustift team spent an intensive “city farm” time in the Augarten, where they harvested, planted, fertilised and finally conjured up a lunch together from freshly harvested vegetables.
Now we are re-energised for the time with your children and look forward to the new start.
Environmental Week April 2022
For us, spring is all about healthy, conscious and peaceful community. This year, we also celebrated the environmental week extensively. From energy saving day, discovering spring in our nature garden, the bicycle workshop with our enthusiastic fathers to the car-free day, everything was there again. The highlight, as always, was the manifestation on the street “More space for children”, which was safely supported by the police.
The song “Do something” (environmental song based on “Bella ciao”) accompanied us during the gathering and the presentation of our messages:
- More meadows, trees & forest – less concrete desert
- More bicycle paths – less car roads
- More wooden toys – less plastic
- More bicycles, buses and trains – less cars, trucks and motorbikes
- More space for children – less space for cars
- More fresh fruit and vegetables from Austria – less blueberries in winter
- More curtains, blinds – less air conditioning
- More playgrounds – fewer department stores
Thank you to all children, parents and our Schmetterling team for their efforts this week!
We have done it! The Neustift site is a proud recipient of the Austrian Eco-label.
In a playful way, loosely based on Friedrich Schiller’s “making nature our friend”, we teach the responsible use of our earth’s resources and the fascinating diversity of nature and landscape in the kindergarten. This automatically creates a sense of identity with the respective home area as well as with nature itself.
In April 2022, the Environment Week will take place for the second time. The focal points here are the car-free day, the fascinating world of energy saving, the exploration of the home garden with its spring flowers as well as vehicle repair with our committed fathers. The highlight of the Environment Week is a joint street party with the parents under the motto: “More green space for our children”.