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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Embracing Risky Play at Greenwood Notting Hill
Nov15

Embracing Risky Play at Greenwood Notting Hill

Gone are the days of over-protecting children when it comes to risky play. Here at Greenwood Notting Hill, you’ll find them going hammer and tong with real saws, real nails and yes, real hammers. Learning through play Woodworking is a big skill-set that is gaining popularity amongst children within the under-five age group. The idea is being embraced as a fun way of learning new skills they’ll need later in life. Not so much a future in cabinetry or building, but through qualities like resilience and perseverance. What happens when they’ve accidentally hit a thumb instead of a nail? They learn to pick themselves up and have another go until they are satisfied with their creation. In an increasingly risk-averse world, Greenwood Notting Hill is taking a different approach, of course in a highly supervised and safe environment. Centre Manager Melissa Syer says risk taking is connected to problem solving, a skill the children will need throughout their lifetime. “Risk is about not being afraid to trying something new,” says Ms Syer, who has a 20-year pedigree in early childhood education. “It’s a learning process; if something doesn’t work you learn how to do it better next time. “This is as an aspect of learning that many children are missing out on. The woodworking classes help them to deal with setbacks and find solutions to problems. “We don’t want a generation of children so worried about what might happen that they are too frightened to try anything challenging or new.” What do the parents have to say? Ms Syer says the children love the woodworking activity and parents have gradually warmed to the idea. “Generally, it’s parents who are risk-averse,” says Ms Syer. “They worry about them playing barefoot, going outside in case they get a cold, so we also have to educate the families to view risk as a positive.” G8 Education Pedagogy and Practice Manager Dr Melinda Miller says risk-taking is essential to setting up children for a resilient future. “It’s about taking off the bubble wrap and allowing them to take measured risk and understand that not everything goes to plan,” says Dr Miller. “Sometimes taking a risk will result in an unexpected outcome, but children quickly learn about their own boundaries and that of the environments in which they play.” Exposure to the real-world Working with real materials on a construction project comes with even greater benefits. Children also learn about: the properties of different materials, and the process of design “The woodworking activity allows children to manipulate real objects and this translates to real life learning,” says Dr Miller. “It helps their learning around...

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Greenwood Artarmon Turns One!
Nov08

Greenwood Artarmon Turns One!

Hip, hip, hooray! On Saturday the 2nd of November, Greenwood Artarmon celebrated its much-anticipated First Birthday! Activities on the Day The day was filled with a range of exciting activities for the children and families. Set up by our passionate educators, we had a variety of stations including: Squishy bags for babies to encourage sensory play Interactive white-board stations A STEM (Science, Techonology, Engineering, Mathematics) station for kindergarten-aged children, and Origami for the older children   From balloon twisting to face painting, there was something to keep the families entertained all day long!   Dress to Impress In celebration of the centre’s birthday and with Halloween having taken place recently, families were encouraged to dress their best. Two adorable babies won the Ultimate Children’s Gift Card, giving them access to a range of children’s toys from different stores. We love the outfits of Baby Pumpkin and Baby Witch! Do you have a favourite?     Who’s hungry? With a day full of activities, we know how important it is to refuel. Our lovely chef kept the hunger pangs away with some yummy treats and a sausage sizzle.   But what’s a birthday party without cake? We couldn’t believe our eyes when our talented Greenwood Chef presented this stunning cake for us. It was complete with our Greenwood mascots Jimmy and Gracie, as well as our signature rainbow track. Isn’t it beautiful?   Learning Environments At Greenwood Artarmon, we’re passionate about education and giving your child the best start to their early learning journey. Our latest interactive whiteboard enables us to integrate technology into children’s play experiences and projects. With over 30 educational apps to choose from, there’s plenty of opportunities for collaborative learning amongst the children and educators. The Greenwood Cubby house was also a huge hit amongst our little friends who loved taking in the cityscape views. Our play environments are designed to meet the developing needs of every child and are built keeping all weather conditions in mind! A word from Centre Manager Venita At Greenwood Artarmon, we have been overwhelmed with the support from our local community at our First Birthday party! Thanking our hard-working team for all their efforts, Centre Manager Venita Rutley said, “Having a team as passionate as I am means that we are working together to provide a high-quality nurturing environment, supporting each other and caring for our families. We look forward to many more years together with our team and families”.   Visit Us! Missed out on attending our First Birthday? Don’t stress! Simply pop into our centre or give us a call on 1800 413 921 to book in a tour at a...

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Greenwood participates in the Chatswood StreetFair
Sep12

Greenwood participates in the Chatswood StreetFair

On Saturday 7th of September, Greenwood participated in StreetFair. Hailed as the North Shore’s biggest community street party, this was the flagship event of the Emerge Festival. Over eight-hundred people came together to celebrate their cultures through song and dance. This included three of our very own centres: Chatswood East, Artarmon and Chatswood. Hear it from our teams  ‘We were up bright and early on Saturday morning, full of excitement to share the day with our North Shore community. It was wonderful to march in the parade and talk to our families as they visited our stall. Seeing all the children smile with their faces beautifully painted made our hearts feel warm. What a great experience we all had!’ Said Venita Rutley, our Greenwood Artarmon Centre Manager. Our Chatswood East educators were there to make the day even better. Educator Siksha said that she loved the overall experience. In her words, “It was great to see the parents enthusiastically participating in the experience and having the community together in one fair was the best part of all.’ Educator Israa told us “Participating with Emerge has been an amazing experience, I was able to see the Chatswood community come together to celebrate cultural diversity and multiculturalism. Being part of the fair allowed me to be a part of the Chatswood community and to introduce our Greenwood family to them.” We were even featured in the North Shore Times! Read about it right here. There’s no doubt that a fabulous day was had by all. We already can’t wait for next year! How does $89 a day sound? In celebration of our Chastwood East centre opening, we have a special family offer just for you. We’re sharing the love of learning for only $89 a day*, if you enrol at Chatswood East by Thursday 31 October 2019. Call 1800 413 921 today to speak to our Family Support Team to secure your spot. *Terms & Conditions apply: Valid for current families and new enrolments that commence care by 31 October 2019. $89/day fee applies to permanent bookings only, up to and including 31 January 2020. Standard fees apply from 1 February 2020. Fees must be paid two weeks in advance or standard fees will apply. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Subject to availability of care.  ...

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What to bring on your first day of child care
Jun25

What to bring on your first day of child care

Are you worried about forgetting something essential or over-packing for your child’s first day of care? Our checklist will ensure that your little one has everything they need to feel comfortable and secure. Babies Large bag or backpack to store belongings Nappy rash cream Dummies (3 per day if needed) Bottles and teats Breast milk or formula (if your centre doesn’t provide them) Sippy cup (if needed) Comfort toy or blanket Fitted cot sheet and top sheet (if your centre doesn’t provide them) Sleeping bag (if needed) Sun hat Three spare outfits Spare socks Jumper Wet bag or plastic bag for wet clothes Medication (if needed) Toddlers and Preschoolers Large backpack to store belongings Nappy rash cream (if needed) Underwear (4 pairs per day if needed) Dummies (3 per day if needed) Sippy cup or water bottle Comfort toy or blanket Fitted cot sheet and top sheet (if your centre doesn’t provide them) Sun hat Closed-toe shoes Two spare outfits Spare socks Jumper Wet bag or plastic bag for wet clothes Medication (if needed) When preparing these items, we recommend labelling each and every one of them with your child’s full name. This way, there’s less chance of things going missing. Here at Greenwood, we know how daunting the transition form home to childcare can be. So we’re here to help you at every step of the way. Feel free to pop into one of our centres at anytime. And if you have any further questions, give us a call on 1800413921 and one of our lovely staff members would be delighted to assist...

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New Centres: Sprouting in Melbourne
Jun07

New Centres: Sprouting in Melbourne

We have well and truly arrived in Melbourne. With centres already established in Rowville, Scoresby, Point Cook and Officer, we’re growing day-by-day. And we couldn’t be more excited. Latest Victoria Centres: Our newest centres on the way are Greenwood Notting Hill and Greenwood Burwood East opening on Monday 17 June, and Greenwood Mulgrave scheduled to open in winter this year. Here’s a sneak peak into Notting Hill’s nursery… Burwood East’s stunning learning space… And our beautiful Mulgrave centre, slowly coming to life. Each centre sets the high bar for early education, by providing a comprehensive learning curriculum for children from nursery to kindergarten age. There’s a few things that our Notting Hill, Burwood East and Mulgrave sites all have in common. These include: Qualified, bilingual educators Fresh, diverse menus served daily including breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and snacks Brand new facilities each featuring rainbow running tracks, cubby houses, water play areas, sand pits, herb gardens and more Modern, play-based early learning resources featuring interactive white boards and learning touch tables Kindergarten transition to school program to prepare children socially, emotionally and academically for the step up to primary school Plus, our educators ensure you never miss your child’s day with daily photographs delivered via our App. Want to learn more about each of our Melbourne centres? Check them out below: Burwood East Mulgrave Notting Hill Officer Point Cook Rowville Scoresby We can’t wait to welcome and see what our wonderful families have to say about our brand new Victoria...

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