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.

Children at the Greenwood Chatswood East child care centre, with staff and Chatswood Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney. Photography by Quentin Jones. 29 August 2019.

Children at the Greenwood Chatswood East child care centre, with staff and Chatswood Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney. Photography by Quentin Jones. 29 August 2019.

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.

Children at the Greenwood Chatswood East child care centre, with staff and Chatswood Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney. Photography by Quentin Jones. 29 August 2019.

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.

Children at the Greenwood Chatswood East child care centre, with staff and Chatswood Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney. Photography by Quentin Jones. 29 August 2019.

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 only.*

Author: Tushna Mehta

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