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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Join the Greenwood team in support for the Farmers!
Sep11

Join the Greenwood team in support for the Farmers!

  The Greenwood family will be holding a Community Fundraiser event to support our local farmers! A $5 donation per person gets you a fun filled morning in support of the buy a bale initiative! Activities include: – Delicious Sausage sizzle – Petting zoo – Jumping pillow – Fabulous Face painting – Local community market stalls If you would like to book a market stall on the day please contact 02 9743 5552 or email concord@greenwood.com.au Location: Greenwood Concord, 61-63 Mepunga Street, Concord West NSW 2138 22 September (9am –...

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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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5 Essentials of Preschool
Jun20

5 Essentials of Preschool

“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” – Nelson Mandela In order to set our children up for a bright future, it is vital to give them a strong foundation from the very start. We do this by enabling them to completely immerse themselves in the world in which they live. To explore, create and marvel in magic. To wonder, and ask questions. We believe that a high quality Early Education does just this. It is the very basis that sets children up to be confident and capable- not only for school, but for life. Let’s look at the benefits of preschool, and why it is essential for your child: School readiness… but not the way you think: One of the most important indicators that a child is ready for school can be found in their social skills. To successfully navigate life at school, children need to be confident in managing small conflicts, asking questions, and seeking support from a trusted adult. In Early Childhood Education programs, children have the opportunity to work both independently and in small groups, exploring their interests and learning through play.  Play based early education provides opportunities to continuously cultivate the social skills to enter and exit play, and to create and maintain friendships. Spending time in a preschool program gives children the chance to learn and practice these skills, in a safe and caring environment. Brains are blooming in the years before school: While babies are born with the basic functions they need to survive, the first 8 years are a time of huge growth and development, with the preschool years being of significant importance. The human brain roughly quadruples in weight before the age of six (Dobbing and Sands, 1973), and by six years old, brains have acquired roughly 92% of their adult volume. With the help of quality preschool programs, children are given the opportunity to strengthen the architecture of their brains, thus maximising the impact of the pace at which the brain develops. (Courchesne et al., 2000) An introduction to a lifetime of learning: Preschool opens the door to the wonder and excitement of learning, discovering, and exploring with their peers, being guided by an educated professional. In a quality preschool program, children build fundamental  social, emotional and cognitive skills, which will set them on track for a lifetime of positive dispositions to learning.  While learning through play, children explore early mathematical and linguistic concepts, which are the building blocks for future academic success. Development of self-awareness: Between the ages of three and four, children begin to cultivate self-awareness of their actions, and how these have an effect on...

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How to make flower crowns with your child
Jun20

How to make flower crowns with your child

Today we’re welcoming Lisa Tilse, Greenwood’s craft expert, to the blog. Lisa is sharing her tips on how to make beautiful flower crowns. Over to Lisa… I recently had the pleasure of spending a morning making flower crowns with Greenwood children and their families. This is such a fun activity, and one that’s great for developing fine motor skills. It’s also easy to make this enjoyable craft into a learning experience by talking about colours, shapes and counting as you’re making. To make flower crowns you’ll need: – Wire and wire cutters to make a circlet base to work on. – Florists tape. – Flowers. – Foliage with stems about 20-30cm long. – Ribbon (optional). Use small to medium flowers – if they are too big they will look out of proportion on small heads and the crown will be too heavy and won’t sit comfortably. The crowns can easily be made from flowers and foliage foraged from your garden, and the activity can be spread out over a morning without compromising the attention span of little ones. Start by walking through the garden, choosing then picking flowers and foliage stems. Follow this with a little break and a snack, then you can get to making the crowns. It’s a nice way to connect with nature and lengthen the activity while still maintaining your child’s interest. If you’re lucky enough to be given a bunch of flowers just pull out a few to add colour to foliage you’ve gathered. Or you might like to buy some blooms to incorporate in the crowns. Making flower crowns is a lovely party activity, and you can involve the birthday child in choosing which flowers to buy. Make sure all the different types of flowers and foliage are separated into piles. That way it will be easier to see what you have. This is a good opportunity to talk about colours, shapes and sizes, and to count your floral bounty. OK, let me tell you how to make lovely flower crowns at home. Start by measuring the wire around your child’s head. Make sure the ends overlap by about 5cm. Then secure both ends together to make a circle. Make sure the ends are completely covered with tape so there are no sharp edges.   The first step is to make a foliage base. Taking one foliage stem at a time wrap the length of the stem around and around the circlet. You may need to secure one end with tape, but if the stem is at least 20cm long it should hold in place by itself. Wrap stems around until the circlet is...

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Greenwood Art Prize 2015 ‘The Theme of Education’ – Thank you for your submission
Dec16

Greenwood Art Prize 2015 ‘The Theme of Education’ – Thank you for your submission

We were thrilled to receive so many inspiring submissions. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries. As this is a busy period of year and we’d like to choose a time where artists and the community are available to celebrate, we will announce the winners in the New Year. Greenwood Art Prize will be holding an evening event to proudly announce the six winners and the artworks will be exhibited in the foyer of the Greenwood Katoomba Centre. Each of the six winners will receive: $500 each, plus a donation of $500 made to each artist’s charity of...

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