Activity Introduction

sustainability audit early learning photoframe 2Quick summary: This activity is designed to help your early childhood service conduct a sustainability audit. This activity includes all the information you need to conduct an audit as well as a range of ways to involve children and extend their learning. You can then use the results of your audit to improve how sustainability is being embedded into your service by staff, children and families.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

CERES logo small4This audit has been developed in partnership with CERES Community Environment Park. CERES provides programs for learners of every age and background to help them acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. This not-for-profit organisation works with kids, teachers, youth and adults at the CERES site and in early childhood, schools and universities around Victoria (and across the world). Find out more at


EYLF Learning Outcome


Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

3. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies, and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

1. Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

3. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media


Equipment needed: Early Learning Sustainability Audit, pen/pencil. Biodiversity Flashcard, Energy Flashcard, Water Flashcard, Waste Flashcard. Optional – camera, drawing materials.

Additional resources:

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents… Sustainability from Cool Australia on Vimeo.


The team at Cool Australia continually reviews and refines our Early Learning resources in line with expert advice and current educational practices.


Teacher Worksheet

sustainability audit early learning photoframe 1Background information

Learning goals: This activity has been developed to give children the opportunity to participate in a sustainability audit of their service. This resource includes a range of opportunities through which children can be involved in the auditing process, including observing, recording, counting, naming and mapping. Children are encouraged to think about what their service is already doing, what other actions could be taken and how they can help to implement these actions. By participating in this activity, children will begin to make connections between their own actions and our environment and will recognise the ways that they can help improve the health of our environment through their everyday practices.

Content information for educators -

About sustainability: You may have heard people talking about the word ‘sustainability’. It’s a big word and a big idea. But it’s also a really important idea and we want to help you understand it.

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