Graces

Looking after the planet

Sustainability

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Boy looking at a tree

It goes without saying that our children are the future.

We feel that it is important that they learn at an early age that they need to look after our planet a lot better than previous generations, including ourselves, have done.

Therefore, we create an environment where the importance of sustainability is nurtured and encouraged. Whether that be through activities at our Forest School and learning about the importance of nature, recycling in the nurseries, engaging with the wider community or helping the vegetables to grow in the vegetable gardens!

At Grace’s we believe that we have a responsibility to make a difference through educating, engaging and impacting, so that we have a better planet, better community and better business for our children, parents and team. Here are some of the ways we plan to achieve this in our settings:

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Better Planet.

We always ensure we recycle and re-use where possible as well as being more efficient with our use of water and electricity. A core part of our curriculum is to encourage our children to foster environmental awareness and engage with nature.

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Better Community

Our charity team encourage fundraising throughout the year to support national days such as Red Nose Day and Children in Need.  We also support local food banks and encourage well-being for our team, parents, children and community.

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Better Business

Offering training and development is something that is really important to us and over 70% of our leadership team have been promoted internally! We have also been accredited by ‘Great Place To Work’ and in the 2024 list have been ranked 28th in the medium size business category as a best work place as well as 10th in the UK’s Best Workplaces for Women!

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Eco-Schools

As an organisation we are continually looking at ways to be ‘greener’ and to lessen our carbon footprint and that is why for the past couple of years we signed up to Planet Mark.

Planet Mark required us to measure and reduce our annual carbon emissions by a minimum of 2.5% every year. This process helps us to understand and optimise the carbon associated with our energy, travel, water, waste and procurement.

This year we have signed up to Eco-Schools and are working towards their Green Flag Award.

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The Green Team.

Each year the new carbon footprint becomes the next year’s baseline, driving continuous improvement and helping generate outstanding results.

Delivered through an employee-led approach which is driven by our very own ‘Green Team’, the programme helps unlock the passion in our business and helps to build a culture of sustainability from within.

 

Forest School

The natural environment and hands-on learning

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Our values

What is important to us at Grace’s?

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