We’re all in this together: How Greenwood is sharing kindness in our community
May15

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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How to keep the whole family healthy & active
Apr15

How to keep the whole family healthy & active

Karla Gilbert is a former Ironwoman, a mum of two girls and a certified Level III and IV Fitness Trainer. She knows exactly how to keep your whole family active, even in difficult times! Enjoy her top tips below…   Reducing social interaction is a challenging prospect. It’s unchartered territory and although you may be juggling work from home while doing your best to uphold any mental burden of what’s upon us – there is also the added responsibility of spending more time with our children at home, looking after their unspent energy!  As extracurricular sporting activities are discontinued, we need a strategy for now. Staying active is important, perhaps even more so as a vital ingredient of staying physically and psychologically healthy in these testing times.    Don’t focus on the ‘can’t’  Our current situation is not ideal but rather than focusing on what we can’t do, it’s time to revisit what we can.  There are undeniable benefits to remaining active so let’s view this as an opportunity to build healthier habits together!     Find what works best for your family It is recommended that adults partake in at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, while children need around 60 minutes of ‘huff and puff’ each day to reap health benefits.   Begin with setting small targets each day – you may involve your child/children in the decision-making process to help with motivation. 15- 20 minutes in small chunks throughout the day might work best for you.   You might like to place post-it notes on a wall every morning and take one down each time you take a step towards your health goals that day (e.g. took the dog for a walk or tried a new veggie for lunch).    Why not try some of the below…   Practice social distancing while walking around the block on a ‘nature walk’, finding pretty flowers and insects. This helps divert the attention away from ‘exercise’, and children may be able to even transfer these into art projects or google the flowers and insects to identify them.     Play balance games with your children with statues or hopscotch. Chalk makes easy markings on concrete and brings another element the children can engage in.     Music brings atmosphere, so rock the tunes like no one is listening, hosting your own version of ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ at home with singing and dancing.    Ball sports are always a winner. Throwing, bounding, kicking even poison ball on the trampoline keeps active minds busy.    Take things inside and return to games. Twister is always popular and my daughters love dancing to Go Noodle. Teach your child how to hula hoop or skip but don’t be intent on them getting it the first time. Revisit it often, reminding your children that it’s OK for them to not to ‘get it...

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4 things you didn’t know about child care at Greenwood
Oct17

4 things you didn’t know about child care at Greenwood

With 26 centres scattered across New South Wales and Victoria, Greenwood Early Education Centres are a popular option when it comes to child care – and with good reason. Everything from the design of the buildings to the large play spaces have been specifically designed with a child’s brain development in mind. They also incorporate some unique features to set them apart from the rest. Here are four things you may not have known about child care at Greenwood… 1 – The extra-curriculars Busy parents may not always have the time to expose their child to every extra-curricular activity they might like to do, which is why Greenwood is so dedicated to providing a range of activities to form a strong foundation in education. Sport, art, language and music are embedded in the daily program throughout the year, offering a huge variety of programs designed by professionals to keep your child engaged. Whether it’s trying out a musical instrument, learning French, testing a science experiment or painting a spectacular work of art, there’s something for everyone. This also includes a specialised yoga program, which encourages children in a busy environment to slow down, breathe and relax, making them feel good inside and out. 2 – The most delicious food Homemade veggie pizzas, nasi goreng, Moroccan beef, blueberry pikelets, butter chicken… the rotating menu for a Greenwood centre can look like the most delicious international food menu. Children get five meals throughout the course of the day – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack – and all incorporate organic produce where possible. Some centres such as Greenwood Bronte in Sydney even have a veggie patch, where children can pick herbs and vegetables for the centre’s chef to include in their meals throughout the day. Chefs may even provide you with recipes for your child’s favourite meal so that you can re-create it at home. Less meal planning = always a good thing! 3 – The Xplor app Possibly the cleverest thing to be brought into the world of child care, the Xplor app allows you to be consistently up-to-date with your child. Educators will update the app throughout the day so that you can see real-time visibility on everything from nappy changes and sleep time to the meals eaten and the activities they’re doing. You can book casual days with a simple tap, view your fees easily and even dive deeper into education via the web-based portal. 4 – The community Everyone has heard the old sentiment that it takes a village to raise a child; but in 2019, it can be harder to find that...

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