Hopes & Dreams Nurseries – the Island’s largest and long established pre-school childcare provider – has announced its partnership with the Biosphere Isle of Man pledge.
Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture presented the pledge certificate to Hopes & Dreams Nurseries’ owners, Gary and Laura Peirce at their early years’ nursery based in Mooragh Park, Ramsey.
The UNESCO Biosphere pledge signifies that Hopes & Dreams will help to protect the Island’s natural resources, as well as to develop the economy sustainably, and to make a positive environmental impact wherever possible.
Hopes & Dreams Nurseries has been recognised for its Curiosity Approach initiative, a project dedicated to raising the standards of Early Years provisions by motivating educators to be passionate and curious professionals, who in turn provide incredible opportunities that bring awe and wonder into children’s play.
Gary Peirce, owner of Hopes & Dreams Nurseries, told B365: ‘Hopes & Dreams Nurseries has always played an essential role in supporting the Island’s economy and growth of the economically active population.
‘Our ethos, ‘Happy Children, Positive Futures’ is a fundamental aim to nurture children to respect the Isle of Man’s unique environment, shaping the decision-makers and leaders of our future.
‘We have been actively reducing the natural resources we consume, and we’re proud to be involved with the Government’s ‘Green Loan’ initiative. The initiative has replaced the lighting in our nurseries with energy-efficient LED lighting, which has reduced our operating costs and the need for replacement and disposal of bulbs.’
As part of the Curiosity Approach, Hopes & Dreams Nurseries is moving to replacing all plastic toys and equipment with natural resources. Children are now using bamboo drinking cups, and lunch menus contain more local produce to support local suppliers and limit food miles. There are also plans to replace all existing vehicles with electric ones.
Minister Boot commented: ‘I am pleased to welcome Hopes & Dreams Nurseries as a Partner of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man. The organisation is making excellent progress embracing sustainability in its settings and services and in encouraging our youngest citizens to take an interest in and get out into the natural world.’
Speakng of their UNESCO Biosphere affiliations, Gary added: ‘’Biosphere Isle of Man does fantastic work promoting our cultural heritage by engaging with the community, and we hope to support them with promoting our outstanding land and seascapes through our active involvement with UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.
‘We hope that our UNESCO affiliation will form part of our early years’ curriculum going forward.’
Laura Peirce – Director of Hopes & Dreams
Hon Geoffrey Boot MHK – Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture
Gary Peirce – Director of Hopes & Dreams