This paper introduces learning for sustainable development as a new task for the OMEP organisation and for OMEP’s members. Sustainable development could be perceived as a new perspective for the early childhood curriculum.
The concept is defined and discussed. A preschool project on hens and egg is presented as an illustration of how learning for sustainable development could be carried out in preschools. The children were encouraged by their teachers to explore questions about life and death, about the life of hens and the different conditions hens have. With the help of continuous pedagogical documentation and an enquiry-based approach the teachers organised rich learning opportunities. The children were active and involved and the projected also resulted in changes in the economic routines for the preschools and schools in Värmdö.
As a conclusion learning for life is suggested as a possible guideline for early childhood education and care. The six R:s, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Respect and Refuse, also reach out towards sustainability and could serve as Reminders for the every-day activities.