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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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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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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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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