NAIDOC Week – Why & How Our Centres Celebrate It
Jul05

NAIDOC Week – Why & How Our Centres Celebrate It

NAIDOC Week takes place this year from the 7th to the 14th of July. The week is an acknowledgement of the histories, cultures and languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians. While we acknowledge the First Peoples of Australia during NAIDOC Week, we also do this throughout the year. Why NAIDOC Week? Here in Australia, we are lucky to be a part of one of the most multicultural communities in the world. In fact, more than one in four Australians were born overseas, and we speak over 200 languages. Today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples represent the oldest and richest cultures on Earth. NAIDOC Week is one way to recognise the unique and enduring relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the lands now known as Australia. Their cultures, lore, ceremonies and connections to land remain strong. Our Centres In our centres, NAIDOC Week forms an integral part of our curriculum. When embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, educators are informed by the National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework. Educators establish connections with Aboriginal Elders, community members and organisations within the centre’s local area so they understand and draw from local perspectives. How We Acknowledge NAIDOC Week Embedding practices will look different in each of our centres. Here are some things you may see: An Acknowledgement to Traditional Owners from the local area or region in the reception area, along with the display of an Aboriginal Flag and a Torres Strait Islander flag. In rooms, you may see representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, perspectives and cultures. This may be through various resources including books, puzzles, music, imagery, textiles and dolls. In the outdoor space, you may see a yarning circle, totem poles or symbols, and native gardens. Educators may also draw on Aboriginal pedagogies (ways of teaching) to engage children in learning experiences such as using natural materials, making land links with local environments, and using symbols and images to represent concepts and natural elements. The involvement of an Elder or community member in curriculum planning and implementation may also be evident Children and educators may come also together at the beginning of the day to speak an acknowledgement to the Traditional Owners or Custodians of the lands on which the centre is located. Racial Literacy Combined, these practices support children to develop racial literacy. Now you might be asking, what is racial literacy? Adults skill children around physical safety, early literacy learning and relationships with peers using age-appropriate language and examples. The same strategies are used to support children to develop racial literacy. For...

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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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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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