Vineyard Fit Kidz Early Learning Centre pupils grow their own vegetables

In this say and age, many childcare centres are getting back to their roots and teaching pupils about nature, and growing their own food.

Fit Kidz Early Learning Centre at Vineyard is no exception.

Green thumb: Alice of Fit Kidz Learning Centre Vineyard with some home grown vegetables. Picture: Supplied

Green thumb: Alice of Fit Kidz Learning Centre Vineyard with some home grown vegetables. Picture: Supplied

The children at the centre have been growing their own zucchinis and cucumbers at school, as part of a focus on sustainability.

Centre Director Samantha Mamo said the school "embeds sustainability" within its teaching, with the notion of sustainability being a strong part of the centre's philosophy.

"We strongly believe in teaching the children these wonderful elements of growing fruit and veg to consume whilst at school or even taking them home for cooking experiences with the family," Ms Mamo said.

The school-grown vegetables are not only teaching the pupils about where their food comes from, but they are also making a difference to people in need.

"The school asks for a gold coin donation when taking the fresh produce which then goes towards the Fit Kidz Foundation Centre out at Dural which supports families with children of different kinds of additional needs," said Ms Mamo.

"The Fit Kidz Foundation is a not-for-profit Early Intervention Service which supports children with Autism or other Developmental Disabilities, their families and the local community."

Fit Kids Vineyard has a huge vegetable garden on site as well as grazing chickens.