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Our new $500 Family Offer

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Our new $500 Family Offer

Enrol your little one in childcare and commence care by 30th September to receive a $500 Coles Group gift card to spend as you like with your family*. Read more about it here. Existing families, we have you covered too. When you refer a family and they enrol and commence with us by September 30, 2020*, you’ll each receive a $500 Coles Group Gift Card. Simply click here to share this offer with a...

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Check out our brand new Community Cubby!

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Check out our brand new Community Cubby!

We’ve launched our Community Cubby to gather a wealth of resources in one place, from play-based learning tips to activities, recipes and more. There is no shortage of advice online for parents trying to navigate their way through the care and education of young children right now, and we’ve sampled some of the most relevant here that may help you get through to the other...

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We’re all in this together: How Greenwood is sharing kindness in our community

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We’re all in this together: How Greenwood is sharing kindness in our community

Every day, the children in our centres give us more reasons to smile. We’ve guided them through the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, teaching them the importance of handwashing, good hygiene and keeping a safe social distance. And now they are showing us all the goodness in their little souls with heart-warming displays of thoughtfulness and kindness. Here are a few stories from our centres that have warmed our hearts. If the world has been getting you down, we hope they warm your heart too… Greenwood Gladesville At our Greenwood Gladesville Centre in Sydney the kindergarten children have created a video to say thank you to all the police officers and nurses who have such an important role to play in managing the crisis. Greenwood Central Park Duo Our brand-new Central Park Duo centre in the inner-Sydney suburb of Camperdown has had children busy creating a giant canvas to display at a local school to say thank you to the teachers for looking after big brothers and sisters. Greenwood Artarmon Greenwood Artarmon has been busy creating a beautiful reminder that there is still colour and joy in the world with a brilliant rainbow on the front door and teddy bears placed in the window for the bear hunt. The centre chef has created a recipe book for parents and a community help pantry is constantly being replenished by staff and families. What every intrepid bear hunter needs, is a set of binoculars and young Claire at Greenwood Lane Cove fashioned hers out of a couple of Yakult bottles. She’ll be spotting plenty of bears with those. The centre has encouraged all its families to put a favourite bear in the window for children to spot as they go on their daily neighbourhood walks with parents. And we haven’t forgotten that Easter is almost upon us with the kitchen ramping up to send Easter cookies home with families this week. Greenwood Rowville Greenwood Rowville in Victoria has been extra busy trying to make life a little easier for families, particularly front-line workers, who may be finding it difficult to shop for essential pantry items. The community pantry is stocked with hard to find items like pasta, rice, egg replacer, gluten free and allergy products that parents can access without having to come into the foyer. We’ve also been thinking about how to keep children amused at home when so many of the things we take for granted are now in short supply. Rowville centre staff have been making chalk and packing them into the community pantry so that children can do their rainbow driveway drawings and take part in the Rowville community Facebook Chalk Challenge. Greenwood Mulgrave The wonderful chef at Greenwood Mulgrave in Victoria has been busy baking muffins for families to take to work after drop-off, putting a smile on the faces of many mums and dads. We all know how hard it’s become to find toilet paper and tissues so Greenwood Concord has added these essentials to the family breakfast bar. Greenwood Frenchs Forest The children at Greenwood Frenchs Forest have gone all out to maintain their connection with a local aged care home, making videos of the children dancing, singing and telling stories to help brighten their day. They have also sent letters and cards to...

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How To Practice Self-Care This Mother’s Day

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How To Practice Self-Care This Mother’s Day

With life so different this Mother’s Day, it’s difficult to carve out time for self-care; after all, it’s not like you can escape for a weekend away or even a treatment at your favourite local beauty salon. However, it’s more important than ever to look after yourself when you’re feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders. Remember to take a tip from the classic airline safety message – put on your own oxygen mask first and then tend to others. Stealing an hour to pamper and care for yourself is not selfish. It’s survival. And self-care is all about finding meaning in life and doing things that support our growth as individuals, resulting in increased self-compassion… win-win! Do whatever works for you The key is to focus on what already brings you joy and makes your heart smile. Request some me-time this Mother’s Day, and focus entirely on what you feel like doing – without having to cater to the whims of any children or other family members! If you’re not sure where to get started, why not try… Moving. Any form of movement releases endorphins which are great for the body. Whether it’s outside by the beach or even indoors around the living room, physical activity is bound to boost your mood. Creating. Whether it’s baking, painting or picking up the guitar you haven’t tried to play in years, there’s a sense of healthy self-accomplishment that goes along with creating. Connecting. Get in touch with an old friend you haven’t messaged in a while. A simple, “Hey, I’ve been thinking of you, hope you’re well” can go a long way in healthy re-connection. Appreciating. Practice gratitude – there is endless scientific evidence to show just how far a little gratitude can go with increasing happiness. Just breathe  Stress, anxiety, feelings of panic, failure and being overwhelmed are not uncommon right now, given that there are so many uncertainties about what the future might hold for health, relationships, personal finances and job security. There are no easy cure-alls but with a healthy mind you will be in a much better space to deal with these pressures. Take a moment today to explore some of the free meditation and mindfulness help that is available online here and here. Self-spa days  We can’t get a facial right now… but you can do one at home! Zoe Foster is a mum so many of us love to love. Her enviable lifestyle with two children and a super funny husband hasn’t stopped her from being totally relatable, which makes her skin care tutorials so inspiring. You can find her at-home facial tutorial here. There’s nothing like a new hairstyle to lift the spirits. If budget and safety concerns mean you’re sticking with home treatments, you might like this series of helpful home haircare tutorials here. Self-image is a powerful thing and if you want the Mother’s Day In Iso snaps in the album or your insta account to project a more glamorous you, try Hilary Duff’s Busy Mum Makeup Routine. Laughter is the best medicine  Laughter really is the best medicine and there’s plenty of science to prove it. Mentally it’s a great way to relieve stress and tension but it also can improve the immune system, relieve pain, increase personal satisfaction and improve your mood. So put on a funny movie, whatever tickles your fancy or maybe just take a minute or two to see who Australia’s funniest mum Celeste Barber has found to mimic this Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day...

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Dear Dads: 7 ways to make Mother’s Day truly special

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Dear Dads: 7 ways to make Mother’s Day truly special

If you’re a mum reading this – close it now! This one is for all the dads, partners, significant others and children out there who are ready to step up this upcoming Mother’s Day, on Sunday May 10. COVID times are tough. Mums, and those who take on the role of mums, are often the first to struggle through the pressures that come with difficult times; so now’s your chance to show mum that she’s a superstar in your life, and that you love and appreciate her in a thousand different ways. Letting mum know you care doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. But a little effort and forward planning will go a long way in making this Mother’s Day the most memorable ever. Bring high tea home Mum might be expecting breakfast in bed – but why not take it up a notch and go straight to high tea? If your baking skills can swing it, try a basic scone recipe, and top it off with some jam and cream from the shops. Add some macarons and pastries from your local patisserie or bakery, and serve it all up on the fanciest plate you can find, along with mum’s favourite drink and a nice big pot of tea. Baked with love (and flowers) There’s no shame in using a packet mix to bake mum a cake. It’s still home-baked, after all! Why not ‘hack’ your packet cake mix and top it off with some edible flowers? Get your little ones to help you take a look in your garden or around your local neighborhood, and you may just end up with the toppings to make a Masterchef-worthy cake. To get you started, edible flowers include pansies, calendula, anise hyssop, honeysuckle, borage, chamomile, mint flowers, marigolds, nasturtium, violas and sweet violets. Restaurant at home Snaring a restaurant booking at short notice on Mother’s Day is normally impossible – but this year you may be in luck, with many offering their menu for home delivery or pick-up. If you have a neighbourhood favourite this is a great way to spread the joy. A beautiful lunch for mum plus doing your bit to #supportlocal – everyone’s a winner! Here’s where you can find the best takeaway options based on where you live: NSW: Not sure which restaurants in Sydney are doing takeaways? Click here. VIC: OpenTable has put together a list of all the top Melbourne restaurants currently doing Takeaways and Deliveries. You can view their list here. Pick of the picnics Can’t get takeaway delivered to your house? Set up a picnic in your living room or in the backyard if weather permits. All you really need for a mum-pleasing spread is a cooked chook and a selection of fruit, vegetables, cheese and biscuits, all available from your local supermarket or deli, artfully arranged on boards or platters. Don’t forget to add some fresh crusty bread and maybe a simple insalata caprese – thick slices of juicy ripe tomatoes, basil leaves, torn fresh buffalo mozzarella, olive oil and a grind of salt and pepper. Pamper with a hamper A hamper full of goodies makes an impressive gift and you can theme it however you choose. For something that’s all about her, a pampering hamper is a clever choice with scented candle, soaps and maybe some beautiful flowers from your local florist. If there is one gift that’s virtually foolproof it’s flowers but the more thought you put into the selection, the bigger the impact – it may just be best to pre-order to guarantee delivery. If...

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How to keep the whole family healthy & active

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How to keep the whole family healthy & active

Karla Gilbert is a former Ironwoman, a mum of two girls and a certified Level III and IV Fitness Trainer. She knows exactly how to keep your whole family active, even in difficult times! Enjoy her top tips below…   Reducing social interaction is a challenging prospect. It’s unchartered territory and although you may be juggling work from home while doing your best to uphold any mental burden of what’s upon us – there is also the added responsibility of spending more time with our children at home, looking after their unspent energy!  As extracurricular sporting activities are discontinued, we need a strategy for now. Staying active is important, perhaps even more so as a vital ingredient of staying physically and psychologically healthy in these testing times.    Don’t focus on the ‘can’t’  Our current situation is not ideal but rather than focusing on what we can’t do, it’s time to revisit what we can.  There are undeniable benefits to remaining active so let’s view this as an opportunity to build healthier habits together!     Find what works best for your family It is recommended that adults partake in at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, while children need around 60 minutes of ‘huff and puff’ each day to reap health benefits.   Begin with setting small targets each day – you may involve your child/children in the decision-making process to help with motivation. 15- 20 minutes in small chunks throughout the day might work best for you.   You might like to place post-it notes on a wall every morning and take one down each time you take a step towards your health goals that day (e.g. took the dog for a walk or tried a new veggie for lunch).    Why not try some of the below…   Practice social distancing while walking around the block on a ‘nature walk’, finding pretty flowers and insects. This helps divert the attention away from ‘exercise’, and children may be able to even transfer these into art projects or google the flowers and insects to identify them.     Play balance games with your children with statues or hopscotch. Chalk makes easy markings on concrete and brings another element the children can engage in.     Music brings atmosphere, so rock the tunes like no one is listening, hosting your own version of ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ at home with singing and dancing.    Ball sports are always a winner. Throwing, bounding, kicking even poison ball on the trampoline keeps active minds busy.    Take things inside and return to games. Twister is always popular and my daughters love dancing to Go Noodle. Teach your child how to hula hoop or skip but don’t be intent on them getting it the first time. Revisit it often, reminding your children that it’s OK for them to not to ‘get it ‘the first time but with practice, it will come.      Stream children’s yoga for the young ones, find free workouts on YouTube, or simply jump, spin and dance around the living room together – as long as you’re moving!    Make it a goal to discover each street in your neighbourhood within three months, (or six months if it’s a big one!) Throw on your runners and the kids can scoot or ride beside you. You’re doing something active while exploring new places close to you, and that’s the main thing.   Keep a chart on the fridge where each person marks off their fruit and veggie intake for the day. Doing this is a great visual for young children. Reward...

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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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