To accompany our other SDG resources for children and young people, in 2021 we worked with Montessori Europe to produce the SDGs Handbook for the Early Years. The Handbook is free to use, but schools are being encouraged to sign up to become part of a supportive action network.
It’s never too early
From the moment of birth, and even before, children are part of ecosystems which support and nurture their well-being, sense of belonging and learning about their environment. Their families and communities create such ecosystems and support their holistic development. In today’s world, pre-school experiences at childminders, nurseries, kindergartens and daycare centres are a vital element of these systems and nurture curiosity, offer new ideas and plant seeds of later understanding of our planet and how it functions.
We believe that young children are key agents of change, and they need experiences and activities which will promote positive attitudes of care, respect and responsibility.
"We would like to invite educators and parents to help plant seeds of social awareness, solidarity and care for our planet and its people in young children’s learning. By identifying key aspects of the individual SDGs, we provide mirrors for the children which reflect their own joy, curiosity, well-being and sense of self. We also offer windows into the wider world and to lives of other children and communities, providing foundations for a sense of global belonging.
Young children are ready for big ideas, it is our role to prepare the environment which offers time and space to explore them and to hear the child’s voice. We hope this handbook will serve as an inspiration and that the suggested activities will be shared with joy and curiosity. The children of today are our future."
Barbara Isaacs, President, Montessori Europe