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Greenwood participates in the Chatswood StreetFair

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Greenwood participates in the Chatswood StreetFair

On Saturday 7th of September, Greenwood participated in StreetFair. Hailed as the North Shore’s biggest community street party, this was the flagship event of the Emerge Festival. Over eight-hundred people came together to celebrate their cultures through song and dance. This included three of our very own centres: Chatswood East, Artarmon and Chatswood. Hear it from our teams  ‘We were up bright and early on Saturday morning, full of excitement to share the day with our North Shore community. It was wonderful to march in the parade and talk to our families as they visited our stall. Seeing all the children smile with their faces beautifully painted made our hearts feel warm. What a great experience we all had!’ Said Venita Rutley, our Greenwood Artarmon Centre Manager. Our Chatswood East educators were there to make the day even better. Educator Siksha said that she loved the overall experience. In her words, “It was great to see the parents enthusiastically participating in the experience and having the community together in one fair was the best part of all.’ Educator Israa told us “Participating with Emerge has been an amazing experience, I was able to see the Chatswood community come together to celebrate cultural diversity and multiculturalism. Being part of the fair allowed me to be a part of the Chatswood community and to introduce our Greenwood family to them.” We were even featured in the North Shore Times! Read about it right here. There’s no doubt that a fabulous day was had by all. We already can’t wait for next year! How does $89 a day sound? In celebration of our Chastwood East centre opening, we have a special family offer just for you. We’re sharing the love of learning for only $89 a day*, if you enrol at Chatswood East by Thursday 31 October 2019. Call 1800 413 921 today to speak to our Family Support Team to secure your spot. *Terms & Conditions apply: Valid for current families and new enrolments that commence care by the 31st October 2019. Not valid for families transferring from another G8 Education centre or for casual bookings. A minimum bookings of 2 days per week to be eligible for $89/a day fee up to and including 31st January 2020. Standard fees apply from 1st February 2020. Fees must be paid 2 weeks in advance or standard fees will apply. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Proof of incentive flyer/email/SMS to be shown upon commencement. Subject to availability of care.  ...

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Never too young to (street) party at Chatswood East

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Never too young to (street) party at Chatswood East

Children at our new Greenwood Chatswood East early learning centre have been busily making flowers and butterflies to decorate our stand at StreetFair, the biggest street party on Sydney’s north shore. With so much excitement building ahead of the fair and parade next Saturday, Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney dropped into the centre last week to see our creative kiddies hard at work. Wearing her mayoral robes and chains, Mayor Gail’s arrival caused quite a stir. Is she a princess, asked one awe-struck youngster. No, she’s the queen, came another’s reply. Mayor Gail was equally impressed by our newest Greenwood Centre, equating it to Doctor Who’s Tardis, “you’d never know what’s inside from the outside”. With two levels of beautifully furnished and fitted out activity rooms, each with its own outdoor play area, a dedicated nursery and a commercial-grade kitchen for our in-house professional chef, the Tardis is not a bad description for our lovely brand new centre. Showing what a good sport she is, Mayor Gail spent an hour making flowers and butterflies with the children, enjoying some intriguing conversations – and miraculously remaining paint-free. Our educators had hunted down recycled materials for the children to create their art works, in line with the sustainability message that guides our curriculum. That’s another thing that impressed Mayor Gail – our rooftop garden beds where the children are able to get their hands dirty planting and tending vegetables and herbs so that they learn where our food comes from and the natural cycle of life. Check out our little feature on page 18 of the North Shore Times here. Learning through play makes it fun and might just plant the first seeds of an interest in science, leading to pursuit of STEM subjects when they reach school age. Our Greenwood families have really got behind StreetFair, enthusiastically welcoming the chance to connect with the wider community. The parade will take place through the main streets of Chatswood and we’ll be hosting a range of fun activities at our stand guided by our brilliant educators and teachers. We’re delighted that families from our Greenwood centres at Artarmon and the Chatswood CBD will be joining us and sharing the experience of being a participant not just a spectator. StreetFair will feature plenty of fun for kids including Magical Lane with unicorn rides, jumping castle and animal farm, school band and dance performances, a rock-climbing wall, an Esports arcade, yoga and meditation area and international food stalls. To celebrate StreetFair and the opening of our brand new centre we’re offering new families that enrol at Greenwood Chatswood East a special sign-on rate for a limited time...

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NAIDOC Week – Why & How Our Centres Celebrate It

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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 children, racial literacy is a core life skill because they notice differences about people based on appearance, language, cultural practices and physical ability. Racial literacy supports a balanced view of the world and how it is experienced by different groups of people. In conversations with children, adults can both challenge and affirm meanings around diversity and difference to support children’s understanding. As you visit your centre during NAIDOC Week, speak with your educators about opportunities for your child to be involved in learning experiences that recognise and celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Dr Melinda Miller Pedagogy and Practice...

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What to bring on your first day of child care

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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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New Centres: Sprouting in Melbourne

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New Centres: Sprouting in Melbourne

We have well and truly arrived in Melbourne. With centres already established in Rowville, Scoresby, Point Cook and Officer, we’re growing day-by-day. And we couldn’t be more excited. Latest Victoria Centres: Our newest centres on the way are Greenwood Notting Hill and Greenwood Burwood East opening on Monday 17 June, and Greenwood Mulgrave scheduled to open in winter this year. Here’s a sneak peak into Notting Hill’s nursery… Burwood East’s stunning learning space… And our beautiful Mulgrave centre, slowly coming to life. Each centre sets the high bar for early education, by providing a comprehensive learning curriculum for children from nursery to kindergarten age. There’s a few things that our Notting Hill, Burwood East and Mulgrave sites all have in common. These include: Qualified, bilingual educators Fresh, diverse menus served daily including breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and snacks Brand new facilities each featuring rainbow running tracks, cubby houses, water play areas, sand pits, herb gardens and more Modern, play-based early learning resources featuring interactive white boards and learning touch tables Kindergarten transition to school program to prepare children socially, emotionally and academically for the step up to primary school Plus, our educators ensure you never miss your child’s day with daily photographs delivered via our App. Want to learn more about each of our Melbourne centres? Check them out below: Burwood East Mulgrave Notting Hill Officer Point Cook Rowville Scoresby We can’t wait to welcome and see what our wonderful families have to say about our brand new Victoria...

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Greenwood Officer’s Grand Open Day!

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Greenwood Officer’s Grand Open Day!

On Saturday 23rd March, we held our much-anticipated Grand Opening Day at Greenwood Officer. Filled with plenty of fun activities, the day was enjoyed by all! Read on to find out how we celebrated the opening of our brand new, purpose built centre.   Activities on the day Here at Greenwood Officer, we were very lucky to meet & greet Chase and Marshall from Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol. The children had big smiles on their faces when it was their turn to say hi to their favourite character.     Wild Action Zoo entertained us all with an educational show. The children also had a chance to meet some of Australia’s most popular animals!   But the entertainment didn’t end there! We also had a visit from the local fire brigade, face painters, a fantastic balloon artist and our extracurricular providers Music Box and Let’s Get Active. Liquid Infusion served up tasty fresh juices and smoothies which were a big hit! The centre also supplied delicious centre menu samples, fruit platters and more for all ticket holders. We were lucky to have a very special guest who joined us in the ribbon cutting ceremony, MP Jason Wood.  Thank you Mr Wood, for officially opening our centre, and saying some wonderful things in your speech! Free tours! Missed out on attending our Grand Opening? Don’t stress! Simply pop into our centre or give us a call on (03) 5925 7881 to book in for a free tour. One of our friendly educators will be delighted to show you around. We thoroughly appreciate the support we received from the local community at our Grand Opening event!...

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Greenwood Dural’s Grand Open Day!

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Greenwood Dural’s Grand Open Day!

On Saturday the 16th of February, we held our much-anticipated Grand Opening Day at Greenwood Dural! Read on to find out about how we celebrated the opening of our brand-new centre with its spacious outdoor area. Activities on the Day Here at Greenwood Dural, we were very lucky to have DirtGirlWorld to join us on the day. She came along for not one, not two, but three shows!   Symbio Wildlife came in to teach the children about all the beautiful creatures that they brought along. This included a possum, tawny frogmouth owl, snakes and lizards to name a few!   The incredibly talented Internationally acclaimed balloon artist Matt Falloon also joined us. He created some amazing balloon sculptures that the children were in awe of! But the activities didn’t end there. We had face painters and Bike n’ Blend stations to keep the children entertained all day long! A Greenwood Sample Menu was also served throughout the day to, ensure that no one left our centre hungry. Families loved being able to get a taste of what their children would eat when enrolled. We were very lucky to have special guest the Honourable MP Julian Lesser, Federal Member for Berowra come along for our Grand Opening. Thank you Mr. Lesser, for officially opening our centre and saying some wonderful things in your speech! Learning Environments At Greenwood Dural, we are passionate about education and giving your child the best start to their early learning journey. From in-room demonstrations to large outdoor play spaces, there is something for every child. Our science and technology area allowed children to enjoy 3D printed creations that were made themselves! In addition to this, our interactive sandpit experience enabled children to explore as they delved deeper into different scenes and scenarios depending on how they moved the sand.   Our Neopost whiteboards encourage collaborative learning between children and educators, allowing us to integrate technology into learning experiences. Free tours! Missed out on attending our Grand Opening? Don’t stress! Simply pop into our centre or give us a call on (02) 9651 7015 to book in for a free tour. One of our friendly educators will be delighted to show you around. We thoroughly appreciate the support we received from the local community at our Grand Opening event! In Centre Manager Renee Kennedy’s words “Above all, we strive to ensure each family has a wonderful experience as they embark on their journey with us. I look forward to introducing you to our amazing team and developing a strong working relationship with you and your family”....

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Meet PAW Patrol at Greenwood Officer’s Grand Opening

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Meet PAW Patrol at Greenwood Officer’s Grand Opening

  Join us for Greenwood Early Education Officer’s opening as we celebrate in a BIG way! Our Grand Opening celebration has tons of fantastic entertainment planned so be sure to register your FREE ticket today to avoid missing out! Meet & Greet Chase and Marshall from Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol, Plus interact with real Australian animals including a Koala, Joey Kangaroo, Tawny Frogmouth Owl, Crocodile and other reptiles! ALL DAY FUN: Ticket holders can enjoy centre menu samples, Liquid Fusion Smoothies and fresh juice, balloon sculptures, face painting, sports activities and much more! Meet & Greet Chase and Marshall from Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol Special visitors from Wild Action Zoo Fabulous face painting & Baloon twisting Enjoy Music Box and Let’s get Active extracurricular activities FREE Liquid Fusion Smoothies and yummy menu samples Ribbon cutting ceremony Meet our team & see our wonderful centre PLUS more exciting activities you won’t want to miss!   Location:  Greenwood Officer, 5 Damon Street Officer VIC 3809 Date/Time:  23 March 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm   BOOK NOW   T&C’s: * Bookings essential. Limited tickets available. All attendees require a ticket. One smoothie/fresh juice per person. Limit of 5 tickets per booking. Photography and video will be taken at the event for promotional purposes. Conditions of entry include the use of your image in these photographs for future potential promotional purposes.   FAQs Q. What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event? A. Never fear! There will be dedicated parking area’s and traffic control to ensure a safe and seamless parking experience on the day. Q. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? A. A. Yes, bring your ticket or download the eventbright app for our team to scan your tickets. Q. Do I have to order a ticket per family member? A. It is essential to order one ticket per person attending our event to ensure that we can keep your children safe from harm and for catering purposes. Q. Where will I find my photos after the event has ended? A. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with all of our event content! Q. If tickets sell out, how can I order one? A. When our tickets sell out we introduce a waitlist for you to register your interest on. Prior to our event open day, we email our attendees to confirm their attendance and ask that they release any excess tickets back to the public. Depending on numbers on the day, we may release additional tickets through out the day so keep your eye on the event page if you miss out too! Q. Can I visit the centre if I don’t have a ticket? A. Depending on numbers that day our team may be able to assist you in gaining entry but unfortunately we can’t guarantee entry as our ticket holders are priority on the day.   Regardless, we would love to see you in our centre! You’re more than welcome to pop in and meet our team at any given moment between Monday- Friday from 6:30am- 6:30pm. Fill out this form and our friendly centre manager, Janelle, will give you a quick call and set you up on a personalised tour.   BOOK...

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Learning with Technology: A Fundamental Skill

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Learning with Technology: A Fundamental Skill

The buzz around using technology in the classroom has grown in recent years! As a result, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is now playing a key role in primary and high school curriculum across Victoria. Tech Skills Keeping up with the increasing demand for these skills, our Greenwood Notting Hill centre in Melbourne has adapted its programs to include this in your child’s day-to-day learning.  Through this, the children can build vital skills to help them transition to the school environment. Our Greenwood Notting Hill centre has a variety of technological resources for your child to access at any age. The little buzzing Bee-Bots and Blue-Bots are not just toys! In fact, these are educational tools which can be used in a fun way for toddler to kindergarten age children.  Using these, they can learn about sequencing, problem-solving, numeracy and literacy. These skills can apply to math, art and digital technology subjects. Taking it to another level, pre-kinder and kindergarten children can access our Interactive White Board and Interactive Learning Touch Table! These whiteboards have educational programs which focus on mathematics, spelling games, pattern recognition and so on. Through this, children can build their literacy and numeracy skills, which all ties in with our centre’s G-Curriculum. Here, you can see some of our kindergarten children engaging with this technology in the video below.  Along with our Early Childhood Teacher James, the children from Greenwood Scoresby practice a shape and colour recognition exercise. Using the Interactive White Boards in this format means children can form good habits with technology whilst learning. It’s a great opportunity for them to engage with each other, receive assistance from their peers, be patient, and most importantly, have fun! Discover the other unique service offerings we provide to families here at Greenwood! Read more about our Melbourne centres to find the closest centre to...

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Greenwood Hunters Hill’s Grand Opening!

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Greenwood Hunters Hill’s Grand Opening!

On Saturday the 2nd of February, we held our much-anticipated Grand Opening Day at Greenwood Hunters Hill! Read on to find out about how we celebrated the opening of our brand new, purpose built centre. Activities on the day Here at Greenwood Hunters Hill, we were very lucky to have 2018 ARIA award winner (for Best Children’s Album), Justine Clarke join us on the day. She came along for two spectacular shows.  The children also had a chance to meet and take photos with their idol!   Symbio Wildlife came in to teach the children about all the beautiful creatures that they brought along. This included a possum named Clancy, an owl, a crocodile and a large snake to name a few! But the activities didn’t end there. We had face painters as well as Bike & Blend stations to keep the children entertained all day long! Café Hunters Hill also served up a delicious banquet throughout the day to ensure that no one left our centre hungry.   We were also very lucky to have special guests, The Honourable Mr. Anthony Roberts (Member for Lane Cove), Councillor Ben Collins (Deputy Mayor) and Councillor Zac Miles for our official ribbon cutting ceremony. Thank you Mr. Roberts for joining us and saying some wonderful things about our centre!   Learning Environments At Greenwood Hunters Hill, we are passionate about education and giving your child the best start to their early learning journey. From interactive tables to natural outdoor play spaces, there is something for every child. Our Neopost interactive whiteboards encourage collaborative learning between children and educators, allowing us to integrate technology into learning experiences. The children loved exploring every aspect of our beautiful Hunters Hill centre. Our play environments are not only designed to meet the developing needs of every child, but they are also built for all weather conditions. Free tours! Missed out on attending our Grand Opening? Don’t stress! Simply pop into our centre or give us a call on (02) 9168 2904 to book you in for a free tour. One of our friendly educators will be delighted to show you around. We thoroughly appreciate the support we received from the local community at our Grand Opening...

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