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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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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4 things you didn’t know about child care at Greenwood
Oct17

4 things you didn’t know about child care at Greenwood

With 26 centres scattered across New South Wales and Victoria, Greenwood Early Education Centres are a popular option when it comes to child care – and with good reason. Everything from the design of the buildings to the large play spaces have been specifically designed with a child’s brain development in mind. They also incorporate some unique features to set them apart from the rest. Here are four things you may not have known about child care at Greenwood… 1 – The extra-curriculars Busy parents may not always have the time to expose their child to every extra-curricular activity they might like to do, which is why Greenwood is so dedicated to providing a range of activities to form a strong foundation in education. Sport, art, language and music are embedded in the daily program throughout the year, offering a huge variety of programs designed by professionals to keep your child engaged. Whether it’s trying out a musical instrument, learning French, testing a science experiment or painting a spectacular work of art, there’s something for everyone. This also includes a specialised yoga program, which encourages children in a busy environment to slow down, breathe and relax, making them feel good inside and out. 2 – The most delicious food Homemade veggie pizzas, nasi goreng, Moroccan beef, blueberry pikelets, butter chicken… the rotating menu for a Greenwood centre can look like the most delicious international food menu. Children get five meals throughout the course of the day – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack – and all incorporate organic produce where possible. Some centres such as Greenwood Bronte in Sydney even have a veggie patch, where children can pick herbs and vegetables for the centre’s chef to include in their meals throughout the day. Chefs may even provide you with recipes for your child’s favourite meal so that you can re-create it at home. Less meal planning = always a good thing! 3 – The Xplor app Possibly the cleverest thing to be brought into the world of child care, the Xplor app allows you to be consistently up-to-date with your child. Educators will update the app throughout the day so that you can see real-time visibility on everything from nappy changes and sleep time to the meals eaten and the activities they’re doing. You can book casual days with a simple tap, view your fees easily and even dive deeper into education via the web-based portal. 4 – The community Everyone has heard the old sentiment that it takes a village to raise a child; but in 2019, it can be harder to find that...

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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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