Preparing Your Child for their First Day of Childcare
Jul10

Preparing Your Child for their First Day of Childcare

By Venita Rutley Preparing to enter the workforce, or return to the workforce after maternity leave can be a very busy, stressful time for you and your child/ children. So many considerations; which centre will suit me and my child?  What are my expectations of a centre that I am going to leave my child with? How will I know that my child is settled and happy? Is the staff genuinely interested in my child and their interests and development?  From the moment we make the decision to leave our children with others outside of our own family environment, it is very normal that we begin to think about how to best prepare for this transition. Children are incredibly intuitive and pick up on the emotions of their primary caregivers. If we feel doubtful and stressed about leaving our child with others, it is reasonable to acknowledge that our children are going to pick up on these emotions. So how do we best prepare our child for this transition whilst still managing our own emotions? Trust your gut instincts. You may have visited numerous centres to choose the one that feels right and is going to suit not only our needs, but more importantly the needs of our child. You have met the staff, spent time going on a tour, and having orientation visits. I would encourage you to take your child in for as many orientation days that you can. By doing this at different times throughout the day, it will help your child to know what the routine entails, as well as the most important part- building relationships with their carers and other children to help with the first few days of settling in. Talk with the staff about what to expect on your first day of being in care. This will help reassure you that your little ones will be in good hands. Before your child begins Drive past your centre, stop and walk around the outside, explain how many sleeps there is until your child starts playing with new friends and new toys. Acknowledge that you will be busy at work while your child will be busy having fun and playing. Give as many positive details as possible; say things like: you will do lots of painting, building with blocks, playing with train sets etc. Ask them what they are excited about and share in this excitement with them. Start getting up at the time you will when your child starts care, prior to the actual start date. Set the morning routine where possible, so your child will know what to expect:  getting changed, having...

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Pea, Mint and Ricotta Soup
Jun28

Pea, Mint and Ricotta Soup

An easy way to get in extra vegetables.   Ingredients Serves 4 2 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, diced 2 zucchinis, chopped into small cubes 500g frozen peas 1L salt-reduced vegetable stock ¼ tsp white pepper ½ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped 125g fresh ricotta   Method Heat oil in a large sauce pan. Cook onion until softened. Add zucchini and frozen peas and cook until peas defrost. Add stock and bring to the boil. Stock should be covering peas, add a little extra water if necessary. Once boiling, add pepper and nutmeg. Reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes. Add chopped mint and cook for another five minutes. Remove soup from heat and stir through ricotta. Using a stick blender, process the soup until smooth. Time Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes   Good nutrition is essential for the health and wellbeing of young children. We are proud to partner with NAQ Nutrition, the Qld Division of Nutrition Australia, by producing recipes that are healthy, delicious and aligned with the Australian Dietary Guidelines.  ...

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Vaccination & Childcare
Mar03

Vaccination & Childcare

Today we’re talking about whether or not it is possible to send your child to childcare if they have not been vaccinated. Some changes have been made to the Public Health Amendment (Vaccination of Children Attending Child Care Facilities) Bill 2013, which came into effect on 1 January 2014. This article will explain what these changes mean, and how the affect your family. We have put together a Q&A to explain the changes to the legislation:   Can I Enrol My Child at Greenwood if They Have Not Been Vaccinated? As a childcare facility, we cannot enrol your child unless you provide documentation showing that: Your child is fully vaccinated for their age, or; Your child has a medical reason not to be vaccinated, or; Your child is on a recognised catch-up schedule if they have fallen behind with their vaccinations, or; You, as the parent/guardian, have a conscientious objection to vaccination If a child has not been immunised, they may be excluded from care during outbreaks of some infectious diseases, even if their child is well, as per the advice from the Public Health Unit. In this case, full fees apply and the child will be unable to return to care until it has been deemed appropriate.   What are the Forms I Need to Provide to Enrol My Child? At the point of enrolment, you will need to provide a copy of: An ACIR Immunisation History Statement which shows that the child is up to date with their scheduled vaccinations; or A Medicare Immunisation History Form (IMMU13) on which the immunisation provider has certified that the child is on a recognised catch-up schedule; or A Medicare Immunisation Exemption – Medical Contraindication Form (IMMU11) which has been certified by an immunisation provider, or; A Medicare Immunisation Exemption Conscientious Objection Form (IMMU12) which has been certified by an immunisation provider and a parent.   Why Are These Documents Required? These documents ensure that your child, and the other children who attend Greenwood, are protected from serious diseases. In 2011 and 2012 NSW experienced measles outbreaks that were prolonged due to people having missed vaccinations in childhood, or being late with vaccinations. The more people who have their children vaccinated on time, the greater the ability to control serious vaccine preventable disease outbreaks. While around 90% of children at 1 and 2 years of age in NSW are fully immunised, at least 95% coverage is needed for effective disease control.   What If I Cannot Provide the Appropriate Documents? Unfortunately, we will be unable to enrol your child at Greenwood unless you can provide the documents as outlined above.   What is...

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Your first day at Greenwood Concord!
Mar22

Your first day at Greenwood Concord!

For all of the wonderful families who are starting with us at Concord, this post is designed to be a guide to help answer your questions. If there is something specific that we don’t address below please call us on (02) 9743 5552 or email concord@greenwood.com.au   What we need from you before your child can start: Entire Child Profile completed online Birth Certificate, Immunisation ACIR and EZI Debit form provided If you are unable to upload these documents please bring them with you on your first day and we will scan for you What to bring with you: A spare change of clothes If your child has formula please put it in meal portion dividers and label with their name and bring along with bottles For older children wearing pull-ups please provide if required (we provide all wipes and nappies but these may not be suitable for older children) What we have for your child: A Greenwood hat – that will stay at the centre A Greenwood backpack – Parents who have attended a preview session will have received a Greenwood backpack, t-shirt and drink bottle. If you haven’t got yours yet you will receive it when you sign in on your first day! These are not designed to be a uniform, but as a little gift to say ‘welcome’, we are so glad you are part of our community! All linen provided – for cots and stretchers, these will be washed on site in our laundry fitted out with professional grade appliances All food provided – Greenwood children have 5 meal opportunities during the course of a day from 7am – 6pm. Learn about our approach to Nutrition and view a sample of our 4 week rotating menu A great curriculum! Learn more about our programs and our Pre-Kinder program Who to look out for on your first day: Maggie and Karishma – Centre Leaders and Nominated Supervisors What to expect when you arrive each morning: Upon entry to our Mepunga Street foyer you will be greeted by our Centre Leaders who will help you to register your access details for your child at our sign in kiosk. This will allow you to mark their attendance and will require you to enter your mobile phone number as provided and a unique PIN Please note, a child may only be dropped off and picked up by the approved people as you have specified in your Child’s Profile An additional level of security will be in place from mid next week in the form of a swipe card system to gain access through the first set of doors into...

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