We’re all in this together: How Greenwood is sharing kindness in our community
Apr09

We’re all in this together: How Greenwood is sharing kindness in our community

Every day, the children in our centres give us more reasons to smile. We’ve guided them through the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, teaching them the importance of handwashing, good hygiene and keeping a safe social distance. And now they are showing us all the goodness in their little souls with heart-warming displays of thoughtfulness and kindness. Here are a few stories from our centres that have warmed our hearts. If the world has been getting you down, we hope they warm your heart too… Greenwood Gladesville At our Greenwood Gladesville Centre in Sydney the kindergarten children have created a video to say thank you to all the police officers and nurses who have such an important role to play in managing the crisis. Greenwood Central Park Duo Our brand-new Central Park Duo centre in the inner-Sydney suburb of Camperdown has had children busy creating a giant canvas to display at a local school to say thank you to the teachers for looking after big brothers and sisters. Greenwood Artarmon Greenwood Artarmon has been busy creating a beautiful reminder that there is still colour and joy in the world with a brilliant rainbow on the front door and teddy bears placed in the window for the bear hunt. The centre chef has created a recipe book for parents and a community help pantry is constantly being replenished by staff and families. What every intrepid bear hunter needs, is a set of binoculars and young Claire at Greenwood Lane Cove fashioned hers out of a couple of Yakult bottles. She’ll be spotting plenty of bears with those. The centre has encouraged all its families to put a favourite bear in the window for children to spot as they go on their daily neighbourhood walks with parents. And we haven’t forgotten that Easter is almost upon us with the kitchen ramping up to send Easter cookies home with families this week. Greenwood Rowville Greenwood Rowville in Victoria has been extra busy trying to make life a little easier for families, particularly front-line workers, who may be finding it difficult to shop for essential pantry items. The community pantry is stocked with hard to find items like pasta, rice, egg replacer, gluten free and allergy products that parents can access without having to come into the foyer. We’ve also been thinking about how to keep children amused at home when so many of the things we take for granted are now in short supply. Rowville centre staff have been making chalk and packing them into the community pantry so that children can do their rainbow driveway drawings and take part in the...

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Clean hands and big hearts: How Greenwood is handling COVID-19
Apr02

Clean hands and big hearts: How Greenwood is handling COVID-19

In this time of uncertainty and change, the health and safety of Greenwood families and team members remains our highest priority. We understand that information, kindness and support are currently essential in keeping all children, families and teams feeling reassured. Below, you’ll find a number of resources to help at this time. Where to find the latest information & updates G8 Education, who operates our centres, is liaising regularly with health and education authorities for the most up-to-date advice and recommendations. Please find the latest Government Advice here. This is an ever-evolving situation, and G8 Education is dedicated to updating our network with the latest advice. CLICK HERE to find all updates related to centres, along with further details on how to protect your family from illness, and more information for support at this time.   Key contacts If you have specific questions relating to individual situations, please contact the relevant state or territory public health agency: ACT call 02 5124 9213 NSW call 1300 066 055 Qld call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) SA call 1300 232 272 VIC call 1300 651 160 WA visit healthywa.wa.gov.au or call your local public health unit If you have a child currently enrolled at a Greenwood centre, your Centre Manager is your best contact for up-to-date information and answers to any centre-specific...

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One stop drop-off to restore your “me time”
Mar19

One stop drop-off to restore your “me time”

If there’s one thing every working mum knows, there is never enough time in the day. When you’re juggling roles as a chief carer, cook, taxi driver, cleaner and holding down a job, “me time” goes flying out the door. That’s something we thought long and hard about when we were setting up our Greenwood Mulgrave centre. How can we make life easier for our families? And the solution was right under our own roof. By happy coincidence, the community of businesses at our 9 Miles Street premises includes a gym, a café and a hairdresser – all of life’s essentials for mums and dads who realise that even with children you still need to look after yourself. With that kind of convenience, and our early 6.30am opening time, it’s easy to fit in a power workout at the ground floor gym, enjoy a relaxed and healthy breakfast at Kitchen Bar Café, or grab one of their famous mixed berry and coconut muffins to munch on the run. And if you’re needing to smarten up for a business meet or the special other in your life, White Ivy Hair Studios has blow driers at the ready. Even with Melbourne’s horror commuting times you can be in the office on time, looking and feeling fabulous. And if you work in the Mulgrave Business Centre, as many of our mums and dads do, you’re already one step ahead. In fact, Kitchen Bar is a great place to schedule your first meeting of the day, with an all-day breakfast menu and opening hours from 7 till 3. Our flexible fee structure and operating hours from 6.30am to 6.30pm, mean that you don’t have to be an early bird to make the most of our one-stop convenience. It’s up to you and what works best for your job and family. You can take heart that while you are taking some well-deserved time to maintain your health and wellbeing, your most precious possession is receiving the best care possible. Our Greenwood Mulgrave educators and early childhood teachers are highly qualified and have many years of experience. In fact, amongst our team we have four masters degrees and two bachelor degrees. Even our chef holds a degree in hospitality. Another thing you’ll love about our centre is the huge 1000-sqm outdoor play area which includes a cubby house, slide, sandpit, waterplay area and a vegetable and herb garden. That’s equivalent to two and a half times the size of the average Melbourne block. There’s also a technology and sensory processing room with interactive whiteboards, touch tables, and Beebots, a fun device that provides age appropriate...

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Come and see us at The Glen!
Feb06

Come and see us at The Glen!

Have you heard the news? The Greenwood team will be popping up at The Glen Shopping Centre from February 19 through to February 23, and we’d love to see you there!  Our highly qualified educators will be in attendance to answer your questions about Greenwood, or talk you through the Child Care Subsidy and how to make it work for you. This includes our Victoria Stand-Out Educator of the Year from Greenwood Scoresby, James Horgan, who would love to chat about how we inspire children at Greenwood.  Be sure to bring the whole family along. From block play to a music station, maze wall and a reading corner, there’s something to engage and entertain everyone. When: Wednesday 19th February – Sunday 23rd February Where: Find us at The Glen, opposite Target.     Win a hamper By attending our stand, you get the chance to win a hamper full of goodies from our child care centres. To enter, just take a photo at our stand, and upload it to your Instagram account tagging @greenwoodearlyeducation. Good luck!*  *Terms & Conditions apply – click here   Our subsidy experts Confused about how to make the child care subsidy work for you? Our experts are on hand during the week to help. Look out for the centre managers on the schedule, who will be able to answer your questions! The full schedule Click here to download a copy of the schedule We can’t wait to see you at The Glen! Can’t make it to The Glen, but still hoping to tour a Greenwood centre? Speak to our family specialists and book a tour by calling 1800 413...

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Little Learners Lend a Helping Hand for Bushfire Relief
Jan16

Little Learners Lend a Helping Hand for Bushfire Relief

From lemonade stands and fundraiser barbecues through to stitching joey pouches for young orphaned animals, even the littlest Australians are doing their bit to support those devastated by the bushfires. Children and educators attending Greenwood early education centres are activating several initiatives to support the communities from bushfire-ravaged areas. And to bolster their efforts, G8 Education who owns and operates our centres, has announced it will match all donations dollar for dollar. The announcement is part of G8’s Bushfire Relief Package aimed to support families, team members and volunteers protecting the communities within which they operate. This follows the evacuation and temporary closures of 25 of G8’s early childhood education centres due to the current fire crisis. As a result of the bushfires: 121 G8 Education centres have been on watch and act alert. 22 centres were closed temporarily. Three centres were evacuated. Greenwood Katoomba was among those centres evacuated due to threat of nearby bushfires. Team members and children from all three centres had been practicing their fire evacuation procedures in the weeks prior and the evacuations went smoothly with all children safe and well. “Our immediate focus has been on the safety and care of the children, families and team members from our centres located in the impacted areas,” says G8 Education Managing Director Gary Carroll. “Over the past few months we have been working closely with relevant authorities and acted quickly to ensure their safety. “Our families and our people are at the heart of all that we do and the Disaster Relief Package is designed to lessen the burden for those who have been directly impacted by these devastating fires.” G8’s Bushfire Relief Package includes: Matching dollar for dollar all donations raised by its national network of centres with proceeds donated to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. Free access to early childhood education and care for children of the tens of thousands of volunteer firefighters and Australian Defence Reserve members fighting fires and in need of assistance. Counselling support for team members and their families directly impacted by the fire crisis. Direct financial support for G8 Education families and team members severely impacted by the bushfires. “Our hearts go out to those impacted by the unprecedented bushfire crisis which has had all of us asking how we can help – even the youngest members of our communities,” Mr Carroll says. “The children want to give and help out in any way they can. In fact they have led many of the fundraising activities at our centres, coming up with ideas and ways in which they can help families, wildlife and volunteer firefighters from those...

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Notting Hill Makes News Headlines
Nov25

Notting Hill Makes News Headlines

Greenwood Notting Hill has captured the attention of national news media with its adoption of risky play, a woodworking activity that involves real saws, real nails and even real hammers.  Having been featured across Weekend Sunrise and the Herald Sun, this initiative aims to teach children resilience, perseverance and problem-solving in an increasingly risk-averse world.  Check out the feature on Weekend Sunrise below: Learning through play  With children loving the woodworking activity, risk-taking in a highly supervised and safe environment has become a fun way of setting children up for a resilient future.  What happens when things don’t work out? They learn to persevere until they are satisfied with their creation.   Read more about risky play here.   More about Notting Hill Beyond risky play, there’s a lot on offer at Greenwood Notting Hill, including:   – State-of-the-art facilities includes two large outdoor play areas, rainbow bike tracks, cubby houses, water play areas and veggie garden.  – Modern early learning resources including interactive whiteboards, Touch Learning Tables, as well as Blue-Bots and Bee-Bots which teach numeracy and coding fundamentals.  – Specialised programs including sport, Music Box and Science Lab to build a solid foundation in learning and skill development.  – A sustainability program that teaches children a sense of responsibility and connection to the world around them.  – And of course, a comprehensive play-based curriculum guided by the national Early Years Learning Framework for children from nursery age through to kindergarten; along with highly qualified educators, and a kindergarten program taught by a passionate team of early childhood teachers.      Have you had a chance to visit Greenwood Notting Hill yet? Book a personalised tour with our experienced educator team today.  Enquire...

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