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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Learning with Technology: A Fundamental Skill
Feb19

Learning with Technology: A Fundamental Skill

The buzz around using technology in the classroom has grown in recent years! As a result, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is now playing a key role in primary and high school curriculum across Victoria. Tech Skills Keeping up with the increasing demand for these skills, our Greenwood Notting Hill centre in Melbourne has adapted its programs to include this in your child’s day-to-day learning.  Through this, the children can build vital skills to help them transition to the school environment. Our Greenwood Notting Hill centre has a variety of technological resources for your child to access at any age. The little buzzing Bee-Bots and Blue-Bots are not just toys! In fact, these are educational tools which can be used in a fun way for toddler to kindergarten age children.  Using these, they can learn about sequencing, problem-solving, numeracy and literacy. These skills can apply to math, art and digital technology subjects. Taking it to another level, pre-kinder and kindergarten children can access our Interactive White Board and Interactive Learning Touch Table! These whiteboards have educational programs which focus on mathematics, spelling games, pattern recognition and so on. Through this, children can build their literacy and numeracy skills, which all ties in with our centre’s G-Curriculum. Here, you can see some of our kindergarten children engaging with this technology in the video below.  Along with our Early Childhood Teacher James, the children from Greenwood Scoresby practice a shape and colour recognition exercise. Using the Interactive White Boards in this format means children can form good habits with technology whilst learning. It’s a great opportunity for them to engage with each other, receive assistance from their peers, be patient, and most importantly, have fun! Discover the other unique service offerings we provide to families here at Greenwood! Read more about our Melbourne centres to find the closest centre to...

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Greenwood Point Cook – Grand Opening Day!
Jan22

Greenwood Point Cook – Grand Opening Day!

We are so excited to announce the opening of our brand new Victoria centre, Greenwood Point Cook! The Centre From the moment you walk in, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in our state of the art resources. Not only are they designed to provide children with a secure place to play, but a stimulating environment to learn. The Resources Greenwood Point Cook’s curriculum focuses on learning by play, which is the foundation of the transition to school Kindergarten program   The centre boasts many fee-inclusive extra-curricular activities such as Yoga, Let’s Get Active and Music Box With an outdoor play area like no other, you’ll find cubby houses, a rainbow cycle track, veggie gardens and so much more! The Team The Centre Manager Donna has worked in the Early Education sector for over 9 years, and even has two boys of her own! When asked what she thought was most important to her families, Donna said: “From the feedback we have received, building relationships and having caring educators is as important as early learning.”   With a team of 18 educators from diverse cultural backgrounds, Greenwood Point Cook prides itself on encouraging compassion and a sense of belonging. Give us a call on (03) 9395 8649, or pop into our centre at any time that is convenient for you. We’re open Monday – Friday from 6.30am- 7.00pm. We can’t wait to meet you and your child!  ...

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Greenwood Hunters Hill is like no other – Opens 14th January!
Jan13

Greenwood Hunters Hill is like no other – Opens 14th January!

  Our brand-new Hunters Hill early education centre is like no other. Nestled within the Hunters Hill residential community, our beautifully designed, peaceful and home-like centre welcomes you and your family to experience the Greenwood difference at the most important time of your child’s development. We have four contemporary classrooms including our Nursery, Early learners 1 and 2, and Preschool classroom. Our experienced and qualified team believe in growing the leaders of tomorrow, enriching children with lifelong learning and school-readiness all the way from birth to 6 years. Centre Manager, Caitlin Wood, is excited to start welcoming families when the centre opens on 14 January. “We’ve been busy getting the centre ready for families and children and the whole team is looking forward to officially opening our doors for the first time. “I love that we are a smaller centre in a residential area, it is so nice to have all the natural gardens and trees around and I think it is a great way to educate children about looking after our environment and learning from the land by doing things such as planting vegetable gardens and herbs, watering them and then using these in cooking.” Caitlin has six years’ experience in early learning and has recruited a team that shares her passion for developing young children into the leaders of tomorrow. “I was inspired by the fact that as an educator I can actually make a real difference in not just children’s lives but in their families lives too, and this is the core value I instil in my team. “I love being a Centre Manager because I truly believe that bringing educators to work together and support each other as a happy and healthy team can create a perfect environment for children to grow, and that is exactly what I plan on doing here at Greenwood Hunters Hill.” Greenwood Hunters Hill opens on 14 January, visit the centre’s webpage for full details or to enquire....

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Greenwood Artarmon’s Grand Opening!
Nov20

Greenwood Artarmon’s Grand Opening!

On Saturday the 17th of November, we held our much-anticipated Grand Opening Day at Greenwood Artarmon! Read on to find out about how we celebrated the opening of our brand new, three-storey purpose built centre. Activities on the Day Here at Greenwood Artarmon, we were very lucky to have the one and only Sam Moran join us on the day. He came along for not one, not two, but three shows! In addition to this, the children also had a chance to meet and take photos with their hero!   Symbio Wildlife came in to teach the children about all the beautiful creatures that they brought along. This included a possum, echidna and a large snake to name a few!   The incredibly talented balloon artist Matt Falloon also joined us to create some amazing balloon sculptures that the children were in awe of. But the activities didn’t end there. We had face painters as well as Bike & Blend stations to keep the children entertained all day long! Gourmet sausages were also served throughout the day to ensure that no one left our centre hungry.   We were also very lucky to have special guest MP Trent Zimmerman, Federal Member for North Sydney come along for our grand Opening. Thank you Mr. Zimmerman for joining us and saying some wonderful things about our centre!   Learning Environments At Greenwood Artarmon, we are passionate about education and giving your child the best start to their early learning journey. From in-room art demonstrations to large outdoor play spaces, there is something for every child. Our Neopost whiteboards encourage collaborative learning between children and educators, allowing us to integrate technology into learning experiences. The children loved exploring our Greenwood Cubby house and taking in the cityscape views. Our play environments are not only designed to meet the developing needs of every child, but they are also built for all weather conditions. Free tours! Missed out on attending our Grand Opening? Don’t stress! Simply pop into our centre or give us a call on (02) 9460 7852 to book you in for a free tour. One of our friendly educators will be delighted to show you around. We thoroughly appreciate the support we received from the local community at our Grand Opening event! In Centre Manager Venita Rutley’s words “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”.  ...

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