The OMEP-UK Education for Sustainable Citizenship Award was launched on May 1st 2019. SchemaPlay originally created the ESC Award in partnership with preschool settings, children their families in Kent, and with the Kent County Council Early Years and Child Care Service who launched their own parallel project across the Kent local authority from January 2018. The OMEP ESC Award provides the foundations for learning sustainable citizenship in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Award has been developed to support the English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the English Key Stage 1 National Curriculum requirements and Guidance for Citizenship Education in schools (DfE, 2015). The resources include a package to support early childhood settings that includes:
- An ESC audit tool to support settings identify curriculum development objectives.
- 18 x ESC Activity Guides for use in the classroom.
- ‘Passports’ that record each child’s progress in their ESC and provides them with discounted entry to out of school ESC related centres such as wildlife parks.
- 15 x ‘i-Can’ booklets that provide suggested activities for parents and carers to support the child at home.
SchemaPlay offers training for trainers in support of the award and has developed associated training materials for curriculum support mentors to apply in local settings. There is a SchemaPlay book Early Childhood Education for Sustainable Citizenship providing support for the training with background explanations and many illustrations of excellent practice. SchemaPlay also provide Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS) Guidance styled on the British Association for Early Childhood Education (BAECE) ‘Development Matters’ publication. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information related to the ESD award provided for settings in the Kent LEA are available from: ESD@theeducationpeople.org