Prawn and Avocado Lettuce Cups
Dec07

Prawn and Avocado Lettuce Cups

Fruit, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats – the perfect starter to a meal. Ingredients Serves 8 1 large avocado, diced 1 mango, diced 200g cooked, peeled prawns ½ long red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped ½ large lime, zest and juice 1 tsp olive oil ½ tbsp. parsley, finely chopped 8 leaves from iceberg, cos or gem lettuce Method In a bowl combine diced avocado and mango. Chop prawns into small pieces and place into bowl with avocado and mango. Add chilli, juice and zest from the lime, olive oil and parsley and stir to coat. Place lettuce cups on a tray, divide prawn mixture between cups and serve immediately. Time Prep time: 15 Cook time: 0 Notes: Shredded chicken breast could be used as an economical replacement for prawns, or if you have friends or family with a seafood...

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Child For School
Nov01

5 Ways to Prepare Your Child For School

By Lisa Lamont Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes   There are many ways parents can assist in preparing their children for school. Here are five simple ways: 1.Reading With Your Child We all read to our children; however, reading with your child is even more beneficial for their early literacy development.  When you sit down and read a story with your child, ask questions and talk about what they think is happening.  Encourage your child to sit down and have some quiet time with some books by themselves.  Have their books where they can reach them and encourage them to sit down and look through them when they want.  Just remember a picture can tell a thousand words- ask your child what the pictures are telling them about the story.  Your child does not need to know how to read the words in the story to comprehend what is happening in it. 2. Improving Communication Help encourage language development by talking with your child. Expressive language will assist in preparation for contributing to conversations and asking questions when they start school.   Through communicating with your child, they can develop many skills both mentally and socially.  Communication and language skills assist in the development of understanding various social skills to assist your child in being able to communicate appropriately with their peers. 3. Building Fine Motor Skills To help your child develop their fine motor skills provide them with the simple activities such as playdough, puzzles, tongs and scissors.  This will help them develop the muscles in their hand which are required to develop correct pencil grip.  Show your child how to hold a pencil properly, and encourage this when they are writing or colouring.  Teach children how to hold scissors and discuss the process of cutting. Give your child plenty of opportunity to practice and build these skills. 4. Teaching Your Child Independence/Self-Help Skills Help your child to become independent by encouraging them to do simple things for themselves including dressing, toileting and feeding themselves.  This means they may take a little longer to do things, but this is a fundamental life skill for them to develop and they will soon become efficient with practice – which is not only great for them, but will also save you a lot of time! Encourage children to pour themselves drinks using a jug or using cutlery to eat their food. Practicing how to put shoes and socks on. Your child can choose between eating a banana or an apple for morning tea, what spread to put on their sandwich. Choosing what activity they want to do or play with. Encouraging a...

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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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