our ethics & values

We believe it is important to gain an understanding of social responsibility and to care for the world in which we live. To achieve this we aim to:

  • Recycle as much as we can.
  • Compost as much as we can, and then re-use for growing plants and food.
  • Teach our children about where our food comes from and to grow some of our own.
  • Buy seasonal fruit and vegetables that are responsibly sourced, from the UK, fairtrade or organic. Buy our general resources from sustainable sources whenever possible.

It is important to us to be a part of and take care of our community.  We have taken part in local litter picking days and have collected and donated to our local food bank.  We celebrate and take part in Sport Relief, Children in Need, local and national charity events.  We look forward to future volunteering and welcome any suggestions from you.

Reducing Waste

Since Clare’s Little Bear’s opened in 2016, we have been shocked at just how much waste we were creating.  We realised we needed to make a conscious effort to do something about this.  We are also in a unique position to teach the next generation about a greener future. Taught early, recycling will become second nature to them.  Reduce, reuse, recycle.

We started with recycling bins - encouraging the children to deposit their snack and lunch waste into paper, plastic/metal and food bins.  We then started our own composting bin.

While we recycle plastic, we are still throwing away a lot of plastic wrap.  We feel we have to set an example so from 2018 we aim to buy our fruit and vegetables loose where possible, avoiding plastic wrap.  We will try to use Tupperware boxes or foil (which we recycle) instead of clingfilm.

We send our newsletter by e-mail unless a parent specifically asks for a paper copy and we re-use waste paper for drawing. All our printer cartridges are recycled through HP.

Every little counts and we encourage you to join us in reducing waste.

Our Garden

We collect rainwater to water the plants.  There are raised garden beds where we grow salad and vegetables that can be used at snack. We encourage insects and birds into the garden by planting flowers, hanging bird feeders and bird boxes for nesting.