The National core curriculum for early childhood education and care 2018 contains a weighty sentence on sustainable development: “All activities take into account the necessity of an ecologically, culturally and economically sustainable way of living.”
For example, ecological sustainability includes:
- sorting and recycling
- use of electricity and water
- monitoring the amount of plastic.
Social sustainability comprises
- friendly interaction
- taking into account children's strengths and feelings
- safeguarding children's participation and opportunities to exert influence.
Economic sustainability is represented by
- wise choices
- acquisitions from charity shops, recycling centres, etc.
Cultural sustainability comprises
- Traditional play and games as well as cultural diversity
- accepting different values and views.
The public access rights as a Nordic speciality are also part of cultural sustainability. Similarly, observing the architecture of buildings, such as admiring the colours, forms and the symmetrical placement of decorations.
The National core curriculum for early childhood education and care also mentions the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2030 Agenda. In this context, Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre Ltd has created the Palloässät website, which provides a wealth of practical ideas for implementing the 2030 Agenda for children. In 2020, Palloässät covered all SDGs 12–17, including the climate goals. The website contains instructions for play and games, stories, videos and music. Palloässät can also be downloaded as a mobile application enabling children to play and do exercises independently.