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Another Bronze Award Won by a Preschool from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

Mad Hatter's Nursery, a brilliant preschool in Hampshire, has been given a Bronze Award from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots for efforts in Conservation - Spring Term 2022. After gaining a Silver in 2019 and a Bronze in 2018 before Covid, Mad Hatter's is over the moon about this further Bronze, so thank you very much Roots & Shoots!

Liphook Infant School - another school I work with - also won a Bronze Award for the same reasons; please see the previous post for more info.


The owner of the nursery - Mrs Chiverton - and her lovely team, and children at the preschool have been overjoyed with this Award. It's been a wonderful year for the nursery and by all reports from teachers and parents alike, the children have loved their weekly workshops with me where I'm - Teaching Children Conservation Through Art.


Endangered species - lesser known animals such as pangolins - along with elephants, rhinos, and big cat conservation have been covered. Pertinent worldwide issues such as climate change, logging, coral reef conservation, etc have also been coloured in a relaxed, fun, and creative way and the kid's artwork is beautiful, as you can see from the photos.


The children's colouring skills and ability to retain the most important facts about how we can help protect and preserve our planet, have been wonderful and got better as the year has progressed, so, I know they will be starting big school equipped with a good, basic knowledge of conservation.


As the summer holidays are beginning to kick off and people will be visiting beaches all over the world, the children and I were colouring in marine reef conservation. A really simple way in which we can help marine life would be to buy suncream without the ingredient; Oxybenzone, which is not ‘Reef safe’ and which adds to the detrimental effects of coral bleaching, as well as harming sea life.


Did you know that according to a report by the Australian Government scientists at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - coral bleaching has affected 91% of reefs surveyed along the Great Barrier Reef from 2021-2022? (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/10/devastating-90-of-reefs-surveyed-on-great-barrier-reef-affected-by-coral-bleaching-in-2022). However, we can help just by being careful of the things we purchase!


More information about interesting activities with children which can be explored during the holidays can be found here, https://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk.