Professional development sessions
"Discovering Nature and Biodiversity - a heart connection!"
15 September, 7pm - 8.30pm.
Session will be presented by Deanne Jones from CERES.
Please download our flyer (PDF 220KB) for more information.
Sustainability education programs
There are a number of sustainability education programs for schools, preschools and early learning centres that we subsidise or can assist with.
In our early childhood services we follow National Quality Standard 3.3. This standard asks services to take "an active role in caring for [their] environment and contribute to a sustainable future". As a Council we declared a climate emergency in 2018 and are committed to making sure our centres play a part in caring for our world.
These incursions and excursions engage students on topics such as local habitat and fauna, waterway health, food webs and the environmental impacts of transport and food. A limited number of free sessions are available to Moreland schools each year.
Little Sprouts is a sustainability and environmental program for early learning services in Melbourne. Their activities link with the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards to help centers achieve their sustainability and educational goals.
Little Sprout offers creative, science-based incursions for babies to five year olds to support children to explore, appreciate, and actively participate in caring for their environment. To book a visit, or find out more about the Little Sprouts program visit the Little Sprouts website.
CERES educators will guide students through problem solving and action planning during these sessions. They will be shown opportunities to create change within their school community and explore solutions to increase sustainability at school or home. All of CERES' excursions, incursions and virtual excursions link directly to the Victorian Curriculum.
Their programs include:
- Caring for climate and change (years 3 to 10): excursion, incursion or virtual excursion options available
- Exploring ecosystems (years F to 10): excursion, incursion or virtual excursion options available
- Towards zero waste (years F to 10): excursion, incursion or virtual excursion options available
- Farming our future (years F to 10): excursion, incursion or virtual excursion options available
- Water cycles and solutions (years 3 to 10): excursion, incursion or virtual excursion options available
- Indigenous perspectives (years F to 6): excursion and incursion options available
- Global perspectives (years F to 6): excursion and incursion options available
- Shadow puppets (years 3 to 10): virtual excursion option available
You can explore the topics available for different year levels through the CERES incursions and excursions page.
The Merri Creek Management Committee provides schools with engaging and diverse environmental education opportunities. These sessions teach children about the native flora and fauna of the Merri Creek catchment. They also offer incursions or excursions.
Their programs include:
- Waterwatch (preschool to tertiary level)
- Learning Grounds (indigenous gardens for primary and secondary schools)
- Fascinating Frogs (prep to year 8)
- Five Senses in the Field (prep to year 6)
- Crafty Creek Creatures (prep to year 6)
- Habitat Surveys (year 3 to tertiary level)
- Plant Prints and Botanic Drawing (preschool to tertiary level)
- Volcanoes Rock (prep to year 8)
- Food Webs (prep to year 8)
- Indigenous Cultural Heritage (prep to year 10)
- Stormwater Story (prep to year 8)
- Picture This (prep to year 8)
- Kingfishers on Kids (preschool to year 6)
- Catchment Map
- Maths and measurement in nearby nature (years 3 to 8 - program can be tailored to other levels)
You can find out more about the different topics available for different year levels through the Merri Creek Management Committee school environmental education page. To book a sessions email JuliaCirillo@mcmc.org.au or call 9380 8199.
Waste education programs for Moreland schools, kindergartens and early learning centres
ResourceSmart Schools is an award-winning Victorian Government program that assists schools to embed sustainability in everything they do. This program is managed by Sustainability Victoria, and provides practical support to reduce resource use, make cost savings, integrate sustainability into the curriculum and share learnings beyond the school gate. Each year we provide some funding for schools and early learning centres in Moreland to participate in this program.
CERES coordinates and delivers the ResourceSmart School in the Northern, Southern and Eastern Melbourne metropolitan regions. For more information go to the CERES ResourceSmart Schools page, the CERES ResourceSmart in Early Childhood page, or visit the Sustainability Victoria website.
Envirocom provides a range of in-person or online waste education sessions for schools, kindergartens and early learning centres. The sessions are designed to educate students about how waste and recycling impact our environment, and how they can reduce waste at home and at school.
Below are the 6 different educations sessions available. All sessions can be adapted for preschool to year 10 students. A limited number of free sessions are available per year. Individual or multi-class sessions can be arranged. You can email email@example.com to organise a booking or get more information.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Students will be introduced to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle which encourages them to reuse materials for other purposes. They will also be introduced to the concept of waste disposal and learn about the importance of recycling correctly. An exciting relay game allows participants to test their newly gained knowledge.
- Students will discuss where litter comes from and how it affects our local and natural environment. This will be followed by an interactive activity about litter moving through the environment. Students will also have the opportunity to brainstorm solutions to help reduce litter.
- These sessions are great to have around the time of Clean Up Australia Day, with a focus on why students might be involved in a litter clean up, the impact of various types of litter and why it is important to keep our environment clean and free of pollution.
Nude food - rubbish-free lunches
- This session explores the waste that can be produced by everyday school lunches.
- Not only can this session help reduce a school's waste and litter, it can also help promote healthy eating through curriculum based activities.
Worms and composting
- Students will learn the difference between a compost bin and a worm farm. They will also learn how to look after one at home or at school.
- They will get the chance to get a close look at worms and other critters that live in the complex compost community. Sessions cover the benefits of composting food waste as a way to reduce waste going to landfill.
Waste Wise shopping
- Students will learn the reasons behind waste wise shopping. They will also learn how to reduce waste by changing purchasing patterns at home.
- The concept of a product life cycle is explained and how buying certain types of products can help save both the environment and money. Examples are used to show differences in packaging. Students will then get the chance to put their new knowledge into practice in a simulated supermarket.
- Waste audits are a great way for a school to identify what waste they are generating and how they can reduce waste. This session runs for 1 to 1.5 hours and can have up to 30 students involved.
- Students will collect a sample of waste from the school bins and sort this into categories according to item materials. Each category is weighed and the data is used to determine a waste profile and an estimation of how much waste the school created.
- The waste profile and estimate are then used to assist students in assessing the school's current waste practices and developing a plan to minimise waste.
- Participating schools will receive a summary report containing audit results, recommendations and observations and the waste minimisation actions suggested by students throughout the audit.
Cool Australia has joined with Visy to deliver free recycling education resources to teachers and schools in Moreland.
The resources, prepared by leading Australian curriculum designers in collaboration with Visy, includes 32 free and effective curriculum-based lesson plans focused on the best ways to recycle, demystifying the collection process and what happens to the recovered materials once delivered to a Visy sorting facility:
Free resources for teachers at a glance:
32 curriculum-aligned lesson plans
Saving 49 hours of teachers' time
For students ranging from Early Learning to Year 10
Designed by trusted, industry-leading education experts
Schools can start using the resources today to get kids involved with hands-on learning to encourage confidence in recycling-related topics and enthusiasm for how they can be advocates for closing the loop.
In addition, Visy is providing fully-funded scholarships to the first 125 teachers who enrol in our Professional Development Course Introduce Primary Students to Design Thinking. We will provide the 100% discount coupon to interested teachers from your LGA in the coming weeks.
For more information contact Naomi from Cool Australia by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainability education programs and networks
CERES offers a Student Environment Leadership Program (SELP) for students from year 3 to year 10, and for staff. This program is designed to let students’ inner leader shine and help them develop and deliver sustainability projects.
When paired with a staff professional learning workshops, teachers can help to empower students to become sustainability leaders by tapping into their interests, talents and skills. For more information go to the CERES Student Environment Leadership Program (SELP) page.
In partnership with CERES we host a quarterly Teacher Environment Network (TEN) meeting for teachers and parents from Moreland schools. This network is a forum for schools to share ideas, and to provide teachers and parents with information about engaging students on sustainability topics.
Each quarter the TEN focuses on a different area of sustainability with guest speakers and and news about programs that schools can get involved in.
To find out about TEN's sustainability news and upcoming events you can subscribe to email updates through this microsoft form. TEN meetings will also be posted on our What's on page. You can register to attend these meetings through the event page.
The Moreland Early Years Sustainability Network is run in partnership with CERES. It hosts a quarterly network meeting for early childhood educators to share ideas, information and new approaches to engaging children and families in sustainable practice and learning experiences.
Each quarter the Network will focus on a different area of sustainability. There will be guest speakers and news from Council about programs that services can get involved in. If you would like to be involved in the Network, contact Moreland Children's Services on 9240 2337 or email email@example.com. You can also visit the Facebook page Moreland Early Years Sustainability Network.
Curriculum-linked sustainability education resources
We have gathered a list of resources to assist educators teaching units related to environmental sustainability. Many are linked to the Victorian curriculum content.
These documents have been developed to assist teachers to find sustainability education resources specifically suited to the year level and subject they are teaching. Some of these resources are free and others may involve a cost.
The content of these documents was correct at the time of publication, however providers may change details and links over time. Please let us know if you find any broken links or other problems by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preschools and early learning centre resources
Primary school resources
- Foundation to Year 2 Sustainability Education
- Years 3 to 4 Sustainability Education
- Years 5 to 6 Sustainability Education
- Public Transport Victoria (PTV) Teachers Hub
- Road Safety Education Victoria
Secondary school resources
- Secondary Science Sustainability Education Resources
- Secondary Geography and Civics Sustainability Education Resources
- Secondary Teachnology and Maths Sustainability Education Resources
- Secondary Capabilities Sustainability Education Resources
- PTV's Public transport teachers hub resources
- Road Safety Education Victoria resources
Other sustainability programs and classroom resources
- CERES online resources: curriculum resources to support teaching and learning about sustainability in the classroom and at home.
- Earth Ed resources: information specialising in STEM and Earth Sciences.
- Ecolinc programs: offer a range of onsite, online, outreach and fieldwork programs addressing all AusVELS and VCE requirements.
- Zoos Victoria: a range of educational resources and programs for early childhood to year 12.
- Zoos Victoria Teacher Tribe Facebook page: a place for teachers to share stories, ideas and resources with zoo staff and other teachers.
- The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria: curriculum-aligned resources and programs aimed at all levels from Early Childhood to Tertiary.
- Melbourne Water: has a range of curriculum linked resources and tours for Foundation to year 10.
- Museums Victoria: offer online and onsite education programs.
- Parks Victoria: offer a learning in nature program with a range of educational resources and excursion opportunities.
- Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium: has a range of guided and self-guided excursion programs.
- Birds in backyards: this is Birdlife Australia's research education and conservation program website which has teaching resources and programs.
- Gould League: offers excursion and incursions on environmental sustainability topics.
- ABC Education: has a wide range of sustainability and climate change resources searchable by subject and year level.
- Cool Australia Curriculum Materials: lesson plans and online courses mapped to relevant year levels, learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities.
- CSIRO Sustainable Futures Program: designed to support teachers working with years 3 to 10.
- UNICEF World’s Largest Lesson: teaching resources on the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Design and Technology Teachers Association: a range of design and technologies resources which focus on sustainability.
- Geography teachers Association of Victoria: specialising in geographical information.
- Environmental Education Victoria: a range of environmental and sustainability information.
- School Environmental Education Directory: environmental resources mapped to year levels and specific topics.
Grant opportunities for educators
We have grants, partnerships and other funding opportunities available for educators to support their projects. Some examples of this support include partnership projects with community gardens, aged care facilities, family health programs and sustainability programs.
We support early learning centres and other educational organisations to implement projects and programs that benefit the Moreland community.
The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) offers grants to support education programs for not-for-profit community groups and other community organisations, prioritising projects that support vulnerable road users (people walking, riding bicycles and motorcycle riders).
Early Childhood Infrastructure Funding and Grants Programs
Building Blocks is a planning and funding program run by the Victorian Government to help deliver early childhood infrastructure.
There are three Building Block Grants available for early learning providers:
- Building Blocks Grants - Capacity Building
This grants stream provides funding for projects that create additional kindergarten places for three and four-year-olds by building new infrastructure or expanding existing infrastructure.
- Building Block Grants - Improvement
This grants stream provides funding for upgrades and minor expansions to early learning facilities, or investment in IT equipment for not for profit, funded organisations offering a three and four-year-old kindergarten program.
- Building Blocks Grants – Inclusion
This grants stream provides funding to upgrade facilities, or purchase equipment, to provide safe and inclusive environments for children of all needs and abilities.
The Early Childhood Refurbishment and Minor Works Program improves the learning environments, condition or character of kindergartens. Funds can be used for minor upgrades or refurbishments such as playground upgrades, roof repairs, landscaping, installing accessible ramps, fencing, kitchen or staffroom upgrades.
For more information on early childhood infrastructure grants, visit: Early Childhood Refurbishment and Minor Works Program (schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au) or contact your local Kindergarten Inclusion Advisor, Hume Moreland Department of Education and Training (DET) on 1300 338 691.
Supporting Information for Early Childhood Infrastructure Grants
Letter of Support from Council
All local early childhood infrastructure grant applications require a letter of support from Moreland City Council. To discuss this further, please contact Julie Gianfriddo, Children’s Services Liaison Officer on 9240 1111.
Municipal Early Years Plan
Moreland’s current Municipal Early Years Plan, the Moreland Early Years Strategy 2016-2020 supports the need for early years infrastructure which meets community needs. In particular, Outcome 2: An integrated and responsive family and child centred service system in Moreland includes an objective to “increase the availability of accessible, fit-for-purpose facilities that support high-quality care and education for all Moreland families” (p.14). For more information, visit: early-years-strategy-2016-2020.pdf (moreland.vic.gov.au)
The Moreland Children, Young People and Families Plan 2021-2025 is currently being developed and once endorsed by Council, will replace the Moreland Early Years Strategy. The draft Plan includes an objective to ensure infrastructure meets the needs of the growing population. See draft Plan (p. 6) in the Document Library here: Moreland Children, Young People and Families Plan 2021-2025 | Conversations Moreland For more information about the Moreland Children, Young People and Families Plan, contact Amy Carson, Early Years Planning and Development Officer on 9240 1111.
Kindergarten Infrastructure and Services Plan (KISP)
Moreland’s Kindergarten Infrastructure and Services Plan (KISP) is currently being finalised and will detail future forecast Kindergarten supply and demand. The Moreland KISP will be added to this page once finalised. For more information on the KISP, contact Amy Carson, Early Years Planning and Development Officer on 9240 1111.
Research and Data
The Moreland Early Years and Youth Data Profile details current and future population, cultural and linguistically diversity, education and employment, housing and homelessness and health and wellbeing. In particular, the current and future population forecast and information on early childhood developmental vulnerability may be useful.
The Moreland Health and Wellbeing Profile is a series of briefs which explore a range of topics informed by the social determinants of health, city resilience and liveability. To access the Early Years and Youth Data Profile or Health and Wellbeing Profile, visit: City of Moreland profile
Active travel events
Getting your school involved with events is a great way to make educating children about topics fun and exciting. These events can promote lifelong habits and help to make sustainable, healthy and safe practices a part of their daily life.
Walk or ride to school events
We work with schools, as well as health promotion and cycling advocacy organisations, to encourage more people to get to and from school in a physically active and environmentally sustainable way.
A few of the walk or ride to school events that you can promote at your school include:
- National Ride to School Day: a nationwide program that enables students to get physically active on their journey to school.
- National Walk Safely to School Day: an annual event seeking to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment by encouraging primary school children to walk or commute safely to school.
- A 'Hands Up!' counts day: this is a day where you can measure the number of students riding and walking to your school and use this data to advocate for improved walking and riding in the local community.
- Bicycle Network's National Ride to Work Day: a nationwide program that encourages everyday people to jump on the bike and get active on their way to work. Teachers can use this event to show their support for their schools physical and sustainable activity efforts.
- VicHealth's Walk to School month: an annual initiative encouraging primary school children to walk, ride or scoot to and from school to encourage healthy habits and make the streets around schools safer.
We would love to hear if your school is doing something great to promote walking and riding to school. You can update us on your efforts by emailing email@example.com.
VicRoads' Bike Ed program aims to help students aged 9 to 13 to develop the skills they need to ride safely and independently on paths and roads. The program involves a mix of practical activities conducted off-road in the school grounds and on local roads, as well as classroom activities.
Bike Ed is delivered in schools and community settings, usually by teachers. To deliver the program a teacher needs to have their Bike Ed instructor qualification.
If you are in need of bicycle trailers with student bicycles, adult bicycles, helmets, vests and dome markers, you can find a list of organisation that can provide these on the VicRoad's Bike Ed page. Please note that there is often high demand for this equipment so you will need to contact and book these items in advance.