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Meet Podcast Guest: Cheryl Hadland

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Cheryl Hadland is the founder and Managing Director of Tops Day Nurseries, Aspire Training Team, and the founder and chair of GECCO (Green Early Years Champions for Change) – a charity that helps the early years sector become more sustainable.

After 35 years working in early years, Cheryl believes that the sector has a vital responsibility to safeguard the healthy and prosperous future of children by doing what we can to embed sustainability in every decision we make. She has done everything from lobby politicians for a more sustainability focus in the
EYFS; work with the DfE; made many everyday changes to the way children are educated and cared for, as well as trying to lead her own life and run Tops and Aspire in as pragmatically sustainably as she can. 

Sustainable Development in the Early Years

Her organisation has been awarded the Queen’s Award in 2022 for her thought leading, inspiration and walking the talk in Education for Sustainable Development in the Early Years. This is testament to the innovation and sustainable development she gladly shares with everyone.

Episodes coming soon

As a guest on our new TTS Talking podcast series, Cheryl offers practical guidance for creating eco-friendly Early Years settings.

Cheryl’s episodes explore recycling and reusing, planting and eating sustainably, as well as an introduction to climate action plans.

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Cheryl Hadland: Creating sustainable Early Years settings

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