Our new $500 Family Offer
Jun25

Our new $500 Family Offer

Enrol your little one in childcare and commence care by 30th September to receive a $500 Coles Group gift card to spend as you like with your family*. Read more about it here. Existing families, we have you covered too. When you refer a family and they enrol and commence with us by September 30, 2020*, you’ll each receive a $500 Coles Group Gift Card. Simply click here to share this offer with a...

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Check out our brand new Community Cubby!
May19

Check out our brand new Community Cubby!

We’ve launched our Community Cubby to gather a wealth of resources in one place, from play-based learning tips to activities, recipes and more. There is no shortage of advice online for parents trying to navigate their way through the care and education of young children right now, and we’ve sampled some of the most relevant here that may help you get through to the other...

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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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The best child care tips, from parents that know
Dec30

The best child care tips, from parents that know

It’s no secret that starting child care can be a significant transition for families, especially when you aren’t sure what to expect. It takes a village to share those simple tips that can go a long way in making life that little bit easier. Just in case you don’t have your own village, we’ve consulted a group of Greenwood parents and gathered their favourite tips that helped with their own children. Tess – “Take advantage of a ‘stay and play’ session to get both you and your child used to child care. It also allows them to form bonds with their educators, and gets you used to the environment too, which will prevent their first day being too rough on everyone! It’s also a good idea to let the centre know about your child’s likes, dislikes and interests ahead of their first day. The centre will take note and might do things like play their favourite song when they’re being dropped off. Or they might even incorporate their interests into their educational programs.” Justine – “I get in touch with my child care centre to book in casual child care days when life gets busy. It gives me extra time to get everything done, whether it be dull life administration tasks, or extra days at work when a deadline is coming up. Less stress for me and my little one gets to have fun with her friends.” Lauren – “I label everything, even individual socks! I’ve also bought some cheap clothes that are only worn by my child on days that he goes to Greenwood. I’m not too attached to them, so if they get lost or messy along the way, I’m not sad about it.” Natalie – “Make friends with other parents at pick-up and drop-off. You can have their children over to play with yours, and they all entertain each other and wear each other out. Then other parents return the play date favour and you get some down time in the evenings. Win-win.” Hannah – “As soon as I know my work schedule for the year, I will be getting in touch with my local child care centre to enrol my children. The sooner it’s done, the sooner it gets ticked off my list, and it’s one less thing to think about. Plus knowing what they’re doing in the new year makes it a lot easier for my children as I can really ease them into the idea – pointing out the centre every time we drive past, things like that.” Sam – “As soon as I find something my child likes – a lunch box,...

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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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Salmon and Sweet Potato Patties
Aug01

Salmon and Sweet Potato Patties

A simple but nutritious family favourite, these patties are quick and easy to make but pack a flavour punch. Ingredients Serves 4 1 medium sweet potato (approximately 300g) 400g tin salmon, drained 1 red onion, finely diced 2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped 2 tbsp capers 1 lemon, zest and juice 1 egg (beaten) 1/3 cup quinoa flakes OR breadcrumbs 2 tbsp olive oil   Yoghurt dipping sauce 200g natural yoghurt 1 small clove garlic, minced 2 tbsp dill, finely chopped   Method Peel sweet potato and cut into chunky pieces. Place in a microwave safe dish with a 1/4 cup water and cover. Microwave on high for 8 minutes until soft. Drain away water then transfer sweet potato to a large bowl and mash with a fork. Add to the bowl of mashed sweet potato: drained salmon, onion, dill, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, beaten egg and breadcrumbs (or quinoa flakes). Stir mixture well to combine and season with cracked pepper. Divide mixture into 8 portions (about ¼ of a cup) and shape into even patties Heat oil in a non-stick fry pan on medium heat and cook patties until golden – about 8 minutes Take care when turning the patties as they may be soft. To make yoghurt dipping sauce, combine yoghurt, crushed garlic and dill in a small bowl and stir. Time Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 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...

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