Margaret Sear is a passionate Early Childhood Practitioner working as director and educator in community kindergartens since 1969 and is a leading practitioner in the area of Education for Sustainability. This was reflected in all areas of her teaching and included working to enrich the outdoor environments as stimulating, challenging and natural play-spaces for children that encouraged free choice, and constructive risk taking. She is also passionate about the inclusion and use of natural and repurposed play materials. Margaret has been recognized by Redland City Council in 2010 and presented a World Environment Day Workplace Champion Award for her efforts to promote sustainable practices in industry.
Margaret worked for many years to achieve sustainable environments and embed ‘education for sustainable development’ practices and in 2013 she and her centre were awarded the C&K Eco-Efficiency Award for Sustainability. She was privileged to be asked to participate in the ECA PLP EYLF videos http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/nqsplp/e-learning-videos/talking-about-practice/embedding-sustainable-practices/ and several ECA TAPS articles.
Margaret is President of and a long time member of QECSN Inc. (Queensland Early Childhood Sustainability Network) and is presently consulting with and mentoring services in sustainable practices including curriculum and environments.
A member of ROGI Redlands Organic Growers, Margaret is also now enjoying retirement and building a productive garden that provides much of her food needs and supports permaculture and organic principles.