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 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 Officer Opening 29 January 2019!
Dec20

Greenwood Officer Opening 29 January 2019!

We’re excited to announce another high quality Greenwood Early Learning Centre is coming to Melbourne, with Greenwood Officer opening 29 January 2019! The centre will provide parents with easy access via the Princes Highway boasts an in-house chef who will create fresh and healthy meals for our children. We will cater for special dietary requirements and the menu will also change seasonally to ensure children get a good balance of nutrition and variety. Janelle Jones has come on board to be Officer’s start-up Centre Manager and brings over 10 years’ experience in early learning to local families. “My passion for Early Childhood began with my life experiences, where I wanted to support families and their children – I haven’t looked back since! “My favourite thing about being in a Centre Manager position is not only do I get the benefit of working closely with families, but I can support and lead our Educators within their role to be the best they can be. “I believe that children deserve the best start in life and our role in Early Education is crucial to this.” Janelle has built her hand-picked team to deliver an engaging and holistic play-based curriculum, which is perfect for stimulating development and a love of learning in the early years. “Our relationships with children are crucial, but our environments also play an important role. “Our carefully constructed environments will support all developmental domains giving children choices, responsibilities and opportunities to initiate their own learning allowing them to become the best version of themselves.” Greenwood Officer opens in early 2019, visit the centre’s webpage for full details or to...

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Greenwood Point Cook opening on 21 January
Dec20

Greenwood Point Cook opening on 21 January

Greenwood’s premium early learning program is coming to Point Cook, with our brand new centre opening on 21 January. As with all Greenwood centres, Point Cook will have a chef based at the centre who will create fresh and healthy meals daily for our children, including catering for special dietary requirements. The beating heart of any early learning centre is a team of passionate, qualified and nurturing educators and teachers which Centre Manager, Donna Walker Davis, has been busy recruiting. “I’ve always been passionate about early learning and everyone in my team share’s this passion and sets high expectations for themselves and our centre. “My personal teaching philosophy follows that of Reggio Emilia as well as Tikanga Maori whereby every child is respected and included regardless of their background. I believe in utilising the environment as the third teacher and basing our practices around respectful relationships and inclusivity. “This creates a safe and secure environment which encourages children to explore and find their own potential.” In addition to the high quality curriculum delivered by the centre’s qualified team, Greenwood Point Cook will offer families extra-curricular activities like Yoga, Let’s Get Active movement program, and Music Box. “All of our extra-curricular activities are included in our fees and really help to build on what the children are learning, from motor skill development to language and literacy,” Donna said. Greenwood Point Cook opens on 21 January, visit the centre’s webpage for full details or to enquire.  ...

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