Northgate & Greenwith Blogs en-us Reconciliation Action Plan 8140 2020-08-14 16:24:00 At our Centres we take the integration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture  seriously. 

Each Centre has their own committee dedicated to ensuring sourcing information and embedding indigenous culture into every day practice. 

A song was created to allow each room the opportunity to discuss the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and to bring together the Centre. 

Every Morning at 9.00am you will find each room singing the song and using the AUSLAN sign language that is incorporated. 

This is a fun and active way to build the children's understanding of culture and diversity. 

World Environment Day - June 5th 2020 7923 2020-06-05 13:53:00 Both Northgate and Greenwith Centres have a strong stance on sustainability, each centre has their own "Green Team" that ensures that this is instilled into everyday practice. 

Today, June 5th, is World Environment Day and the Northgate centre has been busy creating art, sensory displays, visual displays, reading books and reminding children in general that the future state of the world is reliant on each generation looking after what we have left and trying to improve upon the damage that has already been done. 

Our Kindy room focused on Animals and Habitat, creating sensory displays and explaining that large areas of habitat are being destroyed or becoming smaller due to deforestation, pollution or global warming and  explaining areas in which we can help stop that. 

Our Pre School room discussed the importance of the humble, hard working Bee and how it helps to pollinate, not only flowers, but various crops for people to eat. 

Mini Toddlers have read books like "Change Starts with Us" which depicts small things that we can do that will make a big difference to the world. 

It is good to remember that what we instill in our children now will carry through their lives, even the smallest hands can change the world! 

Reconciliation Week - May 27th to June 3rd 7881 2020-05-29 14:47:00 While our centre has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture embedded into everyday practices and teaching, this week we have had a special focus. 

Children have been using their art and craft skills to make flags, paint boomerangs and create signs. 

Educators have participated by wearing indigenous themed tops and creating play spaces using aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources such as puzzles, books, dolls and cushions. 

As a country it is important to recognise our heritage and help pave the way to a future with better understanding and less prejudice. 

Bluey the Elf 7708 2019-12-13 11:19:00 Christmas Season has well and truly hit our Northgate Centre! 

We had a little helper arrive on the 2nd of December and the children have named him "Bluey". 

Bluey, while keeping an eye on all the children to make sure they all stay on the Nice list, has been up to mischief himself - every morning our families are coming in to search for Bluey and see what he has gotten himself into overnight, Administration staff are loving hearing the excited calls of the children as they locate Bluey and laugh as they see his antics!

Each Centre has been decorated and Christmas Parties are being enjoyed throughout, it's a wonderful time of year. 

With the count down to the big day getting shorter and shorter, we can't wait to see what Bluey gets up to next! 

Stay tuned....

Happy Diwali! 7661 2019-10-25 16:22:00 Our Educators and children have been exploring Indian culture throughout this week, in celebration of Diwali. Diwali, known as the "festival of lights", coincides with the Hindu New Year, which celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

The children have been involved in making Diya (candle holders), fireworks paintings, being shown Rangoli (floor art using coloured sand), making ladoo (an Indian sweet) and being shown Indian traditional dress and dance.

We were also lucky to have one of our Kindergarten parents come in and talk about Indian culture and Diwali.

We would like to acknowledge all Educators for educating themselves about this special Indian celebration and passing that on to the children in their room. And we are very thankful to Navneet and Monika for sharing so much of their culture with the children and bringing various items from home to share.

We have also noted how much our parents have loved seeing the signs, candles, lights, Rangoli and Toran throughout the Centre. We strive to include and celebrate the cultures of all of those around us, especially those of Northgate Child Care Centre & Kindergarten.

Happy Diwali

Spring has Sprung! 7643 2019-10-03 13:18:00 Spring has definitely sprung here at Northgate! - The sun is shining, the birds are singing and we are planting! 

All of our rooms are collecting the Woolworths seeds and growing various plants. Some rooms are focusing on vegetables and some on herbs,  some of the rooms are collecting them all, but ALL of the children are enjoying the process! 

Planting the seeds allows the children see the growth cycle of plants from start to finish, help gain the responsibility of caring for the plant and nurturing it to keep it alive, and (hopefully) at the end provides them with produce to try or a beautiful flower to admire. 

How's your garden going? Spending time in the garden, planting, weeding, watering or digging not only gives you the benefit of fresh air and sunshine, but also enables you to discuss the natural environment, how everything contributes to each other and discover and name plants and bugs. Often what we see as chores is still a learning adventure for children! 

Happy Spring! 

CHILD PROTECTION WEEK 1st-7th SEPTEMBER 7625 2019-09-05 10:00:00 Did you know that this week is Child Protection Week? 

A part of being compliant as an Educator is undergoing Child Safe Environments training every 2 years to stay on top of any changes in processes or legislations.

All Educators are Mandatory Reporters. The Health and Safety of our Children is Paramount, children need to feel safe, loved, heard and valued in order for them to thrive. 

We believe that Parents, Families, Educators and the wider community play a very important part in making children feel safe and providing them an environment in which they can flourish. 

We have attached a link below to the NAPCAN website with some more information and tips for playing your part! 


Book Week 2019 7615 2019-08-29 09:29:00 Last week our centres enjoyed celebrating Book Week 2019 with the theme "reading is my secret power"

Children and Educators alike had great fun dressing up as their favourite characters, introducing new books and participating in story telling. 

It was lovely to see so many people participate throughout the week, thank you to all our families. 

Busy, Busy, Busy! 7609 2019-08-16 10:53:00 WOW! What a busy few months we have had at our centres! 

In the last couple of months we have had our first Movie and Games Night at our Northgate centre, where children stayed from 6.30-9.30pm and enjoyed some treats, some board games, some pass the parcel and a movie. It was a great fun night, a big success all around and something that we will look at providing again in the future. 

Both centres participated in Pyjama Week where Staff, Educators and Children were able to come to care in their pyjamas and slippers which was lovely and cosy given the cold weather! This year instead of a gold coin donation, people donated new pyjama sets to go to the St Vincent de Paul Women's and Children's Crisis Centre. Once again we would like to thank all our families and community for participating and donating to help provide for those fleeing domestic violence and other situations having to leave their homes with nothing. I am sure that all our donations will be appreciated! 

We have just wrapped up photo week here at Northgate and so far all of our families have been very happy with their packages, with such photogenic children - how could they not be?! We would like to give a shout out to Jade Kearns  at Jade Kearns Photography for doing such a great job and working so well with all of our children. Jade really does capture their happy faces beautifully. 

Already working into the second half of the year we are only going to get busier! Already we are planning out Book Week next week 19th -23rd August with the theme "Reading is my secret power" and classes will have activities and dress up days planned throughout the week. Next to come will be Educator's Day in September then it will be almost time to start planning the fundraising and Christmas shows! 

We are so looking forward to the rest of the year and we hope that you can join us! 

Mothers Day 7563 2019-05-08 16:39:00 At our Northgate Centre we have been celebrating Mothers day all week! 

While each room has had their own special crafts and activities going so that the children have something special to give their mother figure on Sunday, our Pre School room has also been holding a daily Afternoon Tea for children and their Mothers! 

Check out our FaceBook page for more pictures!