One stop drop-off to restore your “me time”
Mar19

One stop drop-off to restore your “me time”

If there’s one thing every working mum knows, there is never enough time in the day. When you’re juggling roles as a chief carer, cook, taxi driver, cleaner and holding down a job, “me time” goes flying out the door. That’s something we thought long and hard about when we were setting up our Greenwood Mulgrave centre. How can we make life easier for our families? And the solution was right under our own roof. By happy coincidence, the community of businesses at our 9 Miles Street premises includes a gym, a café and a hairdresser – all of life’s essentials for mums and dads who realise that even with children you still need to look after yourself. With that kind of convenience, and our early 6.30am opening time, it’s easy to fit in a power workout at the ground floor gym, enjoy a relaxed and healthy breakfast at Kitchen Bar Café, or grab one of their famous mixed berry and coconut muffins to munch on the run. And if you’re needing to smarten up for a business meet or the special other in your life, White Ivy Hair Studios has blow driers at the ready. Even with Melbourne’s horror commuting times you can be in the office on time, looking and feeling fabulous. And if you work in the Mulgrave Business Centre, as many of our mums and dads do, you’re already one step ahead. In fact, Kitchen Bar is a great place to schedule your first meeting of the day, with an all-day breakfast menu and opening hours from 7 till 3. Our flexible fee structure and operating hours from 6.30am to 6.30pm, mean that you don’t have to be an early bird to make the most of our one-stop convenience. It’s up to you and what works best for your job and family.   You can take heart that while you are taking some well-deserved time to maintain your health and wellbeing, your most precious possession is receiving the best care possible. Our Greenwood Mulgrave educators and early childhood teachers are highly qualified and have many years of experience. In fact, amongst our team we have four masters degrees and two bachelor degrees. Even our chef holds a degree in hospitality. Another thing you’ll love about our centre is the huge 1000-sqm outdoor play area which includes a cubby house, slide, sandpit, waterplay area and a vegetable and herb garden. That’s equivalent to two and a half times the size of the average Melbourne block. There’s also a technology and sensory processing room with interactive whiteboards, touch tables, and Beebots, a fun device that provides age...

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The Child Care Subsidy: Our best tips and tricks
Mar11

The Child Care Subsidy: Our best tips and tricks

The Government Child Care Subsidy can make early learning more affordable for many Australians. However, it’s not always easy to understand, especially if you’re at the beginning of your child care journey!   Keeping this in mind, we have prepared a simple calculation to help you work out your out-of-pocket payment:  Still unsure? If you’re enrolling at a Greenwood Early Education Centre, our Family Support team are happy to help. Just call 1800 413 921 to speak to a varied team of ex-educators, parents, grandparents and child care experts, who have experience in chatting to families about how to maximize their subsidies.    In the meantime, keep reading for our top tips on how to break down the benefits for you and your family.    The factors                    The Child Care Subsidy works on three factors:    How much ‘work-related’ activity you and your partner undertake each fortnight. This includes paid work, volunteering, study and other activities as determined by education.gov.au.   Your total combined family income.   The service type – this can be long day care, or outside-hours care such as vacation care.    The best way to apply for CCS is through your MyGov Account that is linked to Centrelink.    Our top tips            Use our handy Subsidy Calculator to get an estimate of how much you could expect to receive – simply click here.    Apply for CCS as soon as you find a centre that you and your child are happy with. This way, it’ll be set up and ready to go for your child’s first day of care. You also need to confirm your Complying Written Agreement (CWA). If it’s not confirmed, you may be paying full fees until it’s all complete.    Make sure you download the Centrelink app, which can be very helpful, especially if you change your work situation and need to update your hours.    Ask the Greenwood Family Support team to double check all details when you’ve submitted your enrolment form. They’ll be able to pick up on anything that’s been missed, ensuring your subsidy is ready to go.    Take advantage of Flexible Hours, as a nine or ten-hour day may be best for your family. Read more about Greenwood’s Flexible Hour offering here.  Case study example: The John family…       Still working out your subsidy benefits? Our Family Support Team is ready to help – simply get in touch on 1800 413 921. Or click HERE to...

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Come and see us at The Glen!
Feb06

Come and see us at The Glen!

Have you heard the news? The Greenwood team will be popping up at The Glen Shopping Centre from February 19 through to February 23, and we’d love to see you there!  Our highly qualified educators will be in attendance to answer your questions about Greenwood, or talk you through the Child Care Subsidy and how to make it work for you. This includes our Victoria Stand-Out Educator of the Year from Greenwood Scoresby, James Horgan, who would love to chat about how we inspire children at Greenwood.  Be sure to bring the whole family along. From block play to a music station, maze wall and a reading corner, there’s something to engage and entertain everyone. When: Wednesday 19th February – Sunday 23rd February Where: Find us at The Glen, opposite Target.     Win a hamper By attending our stand, you get the chance to win a hamper full of goodies from our child care centres. To enter, just take a photo at our stand, and upload it to your Instagram account tagging @greenwoodearlyeducation. Good luck!*  *Terms & Conditions apply – click here   Our subsidy experts Confused about how to make the child care subsidy work for you? Our experts are on hand during the week to help. Look out for the centre managers on the schedule, who will be able to answer your questions! The full schedule Click here to download a copy of the schedule We can’t wait to see you at The Glen! Can’t make it to The Glen, but still hoping to tour a Greenwood centre? Speak to our family specialists and book a tour by calling 1800 413...

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The benefits of choosing a child care centre close to work
Dec23

The benefits of choosing a child care centre close to work

By Sabrina Rogers-Anderson  Am I the only one who blindly hopped online and typed in “child care centre” and the name of my suburb when searching for a centre for my child? It never occurred to me that choosing a centre near my work could have so many benefits.   I’m not alone in my thinking. Greenwood Mulgrave is one centre that’s located in the heart of the industrial and corporate world of Melbourne, and becoming increasingly popular with parents who are seeing the benefits of choosing a child care centre near their workplace.  Here are some of the upsides…   You’ll be right there if your child needs you There’s nothing worse than getting a call from your child care centre to tell you that your child is running a fever and then having to spend an hour stuck in traffic or on public transport before you can scoop them up in your arms. If your centre is close to your work, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you can be there in a matter of minutes when your child needs you.   You get to spend quality time with your child on the commute During the morning and evening rush, it can be practically impossible to find a free minute to engage with your child in meaningful ways. But when you travel together, you gain precious quality time that you’d miss out on if your child care centre was near home. Whether you sing songs in the car or read books on the train, those extra moments you get to spend with your child are precious.   You can drop in to see your child anytime For many mums, the start of child care signals the end of breastfeeding. But that doesn’t have to be the case – when your child care centre is close to your work, you can pop in anytime to feed your child! You can also drop by for a play during the day or to have lunch with your little one. While some centres discourage parents from visiting their children, Greenwood centres have an open-door policy and welcome families to come in as often as they like.  You can participate in centre activities When you have to drop off your child early in the morning to get to work on time, you often miss out on centre activities and celebrations for special events such as Mother’s Day. But when your child care centre is minutes away from your work, you have more flexibility to participate in those special moments that mean so much to your child.     But what about… ?  Parents sometimes worry about the potential disadvantages of choosing an early learning and child care centre in a busy business area. At Greenwood, we’ve thought of everything...

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Greenwood Recipe: Rainbow Pizzas
Dec23

Greenwood Recipe: Rainbow Pizzas

Children may not like their vegetables, but they love their pizzas, and it’s amazing what they can eat if they created it themselves!   You can get inventive with many different colours and vegetables. Get the older children suggesting toppings to match each colour.  Some ideas for each colour:  Purple – Spanish onion, eggplant  Green – Broccoli, green capsicum, zucchini Red – Tomatoes, red capsicum  Yellow–  Corn, yellow capsicum, yellow squash   Makes 2 (each pizza can serve 12)  Tip: If you don’t have time to make your own dough, simply buy a ready-made one from the supermarket, or your pizza base of choice.    Dough ingredients:  ¾ cup lukewarm water  1 tsp dried yeast  1 ½ tsp honey  2 tsp olive oil  2 cups plain flour  ½ tsp salt      Topping ingredients:  2 tsp olive oil, extra  3/4 cup tomato puree or pizza sauce  2 cup (200g) grated tasty cheese  1 small red onion, diced  1 head broccoli, roughly chopped  125g can corn kernals, drained  200g punnet cherry tomatoes, cut in half     Method:  1/ In a small bowl, whisk together water, yeast and honey, sit 5 minutes or until it begins to foam. Stir in oil.  2/ Place the yeast mixture into a stand–up mixer, with dough hook. Gradually add flour and salt, knead for 3-5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. (Or get the children kneading!)  3/ Form the dough into 2 balls, place into greased bowls, cover lightly with plastic and let sit for 40 minutes, or until doubled in size.  4/ Preheat the oven to 250C. Grease and line trays/pizza trays. Roll dough to approx. 20cm. Brush with extra oil. Top with cheese.   5/ Arrange with alternating colours of vegetables, let the children get creative with the pizzas.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is crisp and top golden.    6/ Cut into slices and serve. ...

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The best meals to cook with children, according to Greenwood Duo
Dec23

The best meals to cook with children, according to Greenwood Duo

Being a chef at a child care centre comes with quite the challenge: create delicious, nutritious and fresh meals for children under the age of five. Daily. And appeal to all kinds of taste buds, even the picky ones!  Thankfully, our Greenwood chefs are very experienced when it comes to knowing exactly what children love to do – and one of those things is cooking with adults! Our Greenwood centres regularly involve the children in creating their own meals.    Why cook with children?   Children are more likely to eat what they have made, as it creates a sense of ownership. They get excited to see the final creations once cooked.  It’s a great way to spend time together as a family. What’s better than chatting and cooking together, learning more about different ingredients, flavours and cultures?   It’s a wonderful way to introduce them to healthy eating.   Cooking is a life skill that will give them confidence. It’s also a great teacher for counting, fractions, using their fine motor skills and problem–solving.    The team at Greenwood Duo have shared their top recipes for getting children involved in the kitchen – bon appetit!  Greenwood Duo’s top recipes   Rainbow vegetable pizzas  Children generally don’t love their vegetables, but they love their pizzas! You can get inventive with many different colours and vegetables, or get the older children suggesting toppings to match each colour. Click here for the recipe.    Sushi This is a favourite for the children to get involved with. Premake the rice and have a selection of different ingredients in bowls, allowing them to choose their own ingredients.  It’s a great fun way to introduce some Japanese food and the use of chopsticks! As the children get older, you can introduce them to wasabi and pickled ginger.  Click here for the recipe.     Apple and oat pikelets  This is a fantastic base recipe that uses no egg or milk and is naturally sweetened with the apple or banana – perfect for those with allergies. Get the children to help by measuring and mixing. Being a base recipe, try adding half a cup of some frozen berries, or use the berry chia jam recipe I’ve included. Click here for the recipe.    Strawberry and mango icy blocks  This is a great recipe to keep the family cool in the summer months, and it’s naturally sweetened.  Get the children involved by helping you chop the fruit and pouring into the moulds.  Guaranteed, they will be sitting by the freezer waiting for them!  Click here for the recipe.    If you’d like to hear more about the meals that children at Greenwood are lucky enough to enjoy, we’d love for you to come and see Greenwood Central Park Duo.   Set to open in early 2020, tours are now available. Speak to our family...

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