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…
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 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 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.
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 the local hospital to say thank you to all the health care workers and are managing to stay in touch with grandparents via Skype calls.
Children who are self-isolating at home have not been forgotten with educators live streaming story time. And for those children celebrating a birthday the centre a Skype call to sing happy birthday has made it a special moment shared with friends.
The staff at Greenwood Scoresby created beautiful take home packs for families to enjoy over the long weekend these packs include Make your own Easter Bunny face mask , Recipe to make Hot Cross Buns and Savoury Muffin, 5 Little puppets and a template for children to create their own Easter Egg Hunt basket.
To all our Greenwood families, we could not be more proud of your kind and caring little children. It’s a pleasure and an honour to care for them.
What are you doing to spread kindness and show others that you are thinking of them at this time? We’d love to hear your stories.