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Clean hands and big hearts: How Greenwood is handling COVID-19

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Clean hands and big hearts: How Greenwood is handling COVID-19

In this time of uncertainty and change, the health and safety of Greenwood families and team members remains our highest priority. We understand that information, kindness and support are currently essential in keeping all children, families and teams feeling reassured. Below, you’ll find a number of resources to help at this time. Where to find the latest information & updates G8 Education, who operates our centres, is liaising regularly with health and education authorities for the most up-to-date advice and recommendations. Please find the latest Government Advice here. This is an ever-evolving situation, and G8 Education is dedicated to updating our network with the latest advice. CLICK HERE to find all updates related to centres, along with further details on how to protect your family from illness, and more information for support at this time.   Key contacts If you have specific questions relating to individual situations, please contact the relevant state or territory public health agency: ACT call 02 5124 9213 NSW call 1300 066 055 Qld call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) SA call 1300 232 272 VIC call 1300 651 160 WA visit healthywa.wa.gov.au or call your local public health unit If you have a child currently enrolled at a Greenwood centre, your Centre Manager is your best contact for up-to-date information and answers to any centre-specific...

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

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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 appropriate introduction to coding. But it’s not all high tech – children are also encouraged to learn the fundamentals of numeracy, adding and subtracting, on an abacus. Nappies, wipes and bedding are all included and there’s nothing you need to bring except your child and your best self. Want to learn more about the Mulgrave centre? Click here, or give our friendly Family Care team a call on 1800 413...

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The Child Care Subsidy: Our best tips and tricks

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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!

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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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Meet the team: Greenwood Mulgrave’s Academic Staff

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Meet the team: Greenwood Mulgrave’s Academic Staff

We’re so excited about our brand-new centre, Greenwood Mulgrave, which opened this week. And while all Greenwood centres are filled with highly qualified and nurturing educators, the team at Mulgrave have some incredible achievements between them – including four Masters’ degrees and two Bachelors’ degrees, to name just a few! Keep reading to meet some of the educators that are settling into their beautiful centre, and hear all about why they’re so eager to kick off a journey of learning and play with the children enrolled. Centre Manager: Molly  With a master’s degree in English literature and Philosophy, and having worked in child care since 2012, Molly is passionate about providing the highest quality of care at her centre. Molly says: “The first 1000 days of a child’s life are crucial for learning and development. To inspire a love of learning, we’re dedicated to providing a home-like, natural, carefully thought-out environment that can guide the children’s learning. I welcome you to drop into our centre to see everything we have to offer and to meet our dedicated team.”   Assistant Educator: Ellie  Ellie has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has been working in child care since 2017. Ellie says: “I’m so excited about Global Kids, the program we’re introducing to instruct children in Spanish. Thanks to us being in a wonderfully multicultural area, so many children in the centre are already bilingual. We love the opportunity to add a language to a child’s vocabulary along with the Tamil, Urdu, Mandarin and Vietnamese they may already know.”   Early Childhood Teacher: Muditha  Muditha holds a Bachelor in Early Education and has been working in child care since 2010. Muditha says: “Has anyone mentioned the play area? Because it’s incredible. We have 1000 square metres of indoor/outdoor space for play, with a vegetable garden, rainbow bike tracks, water play areas and cubby houses. We also offer up yoga along with a multi-sport program through Ready Steady Go Kids.” Cook: Antonella  Antonella has a degree in hospitality and has been working as a chef since 1991. Antonella says: “It’s so exciting to see such a vibrant centre with so much for the children to explore and learn. With that in mind, it’s important to me that I prepare nutritious meals to help nurture their growing bodies and help educate them about making healthy food choices!”   The Greenwood Mulgrave team can’t wait to meet you and your family. To find out more about the centre and its offerings, click here, or speak to our family specialists and book a tour by calling 1800 314...

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Little Learners Lend a Helping Hand for Bushfire Relief

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Little Learners Lend a Helping Hand for Bushfire Relief

From lemonade stands and fundraiser barbecues through to stitching joey pouches for young orphaned animals, even the littlest Australians are doing their bit to support those devastated by the bushfires. Children and educators attending Greenwood early education centres are activating several initiatives to support the communities from bushfire-ravaged areas. And to bolster their efforts, G8 Education who owns and operates our centres, has announced it will match all donations dollar for dollar. The announcement is part of G8’s Bushfire Relief Package aimed to support families, team members and volunteers protecting the communities within which they operate. This follows the evacuation and temporary closures of 25 of G8’s early childhood education centres due to the current fire crisis. As a result of the bushfires: 121 G8 Education centres have been on watch and act alert. 22 centres were closed temporarily. Three centres were evacuated. Greenwood Katoomba was among those centres evacuated due to threat of nearby bushfires. Team members and children from all three centres had been practicing their fire evacuation procedures in the weeks prior and the evacuations went smoothly with all children safe and well. “Our immediate focus has been on the safety and care of the children, families and team members from our centres located in the impacted areas,” says G8 Education Managing Director Gary Carroll. “Over the past few months we have been working closely with relevant authorities and acted quickly to ensure their safety. “Our families and our people are at the heart of all that we do and the Disaster Relief Package is designed to lessen the burden for those who have been directly impacted by these devastating fires.” G8’s Bushfire Relief Package includes: Matching dollar for dollar all donations raised by its national network of centres with proceeds donated to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. Free access to early childhood education and care for children of the tens of thousands of volunteer firefighters and Australian Defence Reserve members fighting fires and in need of assistance. Counselling support for team members and their families directly impacted by the fire crisis. Direct financial support for G8 Education families and team members severely impacted by the bushfires. “Our hearts go out to those impacted by the unprecedented bushfire crisis which has had all of us asking how we can help – even the youngest members of our communities,” Mr Carroll says. “The children want to give and help out in any way they can. In fact they have led many of the fundraising activities at our centres, coming up with ideas and ways in which they can help families, wildlife and volunteer firefighters from those areas devastated by the bushfires.” “As well as raising much-needed funds, some centres have been acting as collection points for necessary items such as food and clothing, with children even donating their favourite toys to those who have lost it all. It really is...

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The best child care tips, from parents that know

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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, a specific drink bottle – I stock up on a few, just for when they need to be washed, or if they get lost along the day. The best selection of this stuff is always available in January at back-to-school sales, so try to nab them while you can.” Julie – “The child care subsidy can be really confusing to understand, especially when it comes to figuring out how to make the most of it. Phone Greenwood’s family specialists and talk to an expert. They’re used to the questions and can help so much, especially when walking you through flexible hours.” Mark – “Ask questions for any specific needs your...

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The benefits of choosing a child care centre close to work

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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 to make your life easier…  We offer an all-inclusive child care experience   You won’t have to carry enormous bags of supplies on public transport because we provide everything your child needs. Nappies, wipes, sunscreen and even nutritious meals, prepared daily by in-centre chefs, are all included in the daily fee at Greenwood centres.   We make drop-offs and pick-ups easy Pick-ups and drop-offs don’t have to be a headache, especially at centres such as Greenwood Mulgrave. With a gym and a coffee shop nearby, along with on-site parking, it’s the perfect spot to stop and grab a coffee or fit in a work out after drop-off. Other Greenwood centres also provide a range of options to make life easier, such...

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Greenwood Recipe: Rainbow Pizzas

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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

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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 specialists and book a Greenwood tour today by calling 1800 314...

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