Author Archives: tushnam

Good Nutrition in Care

With Nutrition Week taking place recently, we look at what it means to practice good nutrition, within and outside childcare settings. The Importance of Good Nutrition Nutritious food is essential throughout life for health and wellbeing. In young children, not only does it help their bodies grow and develop at a healthy rate, but it […]

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Big School Preparation & Setting a Routine

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Is your child heading to big school soon? A key factor that contributes to the success of this transition from childcare is the establishment of routines. Helping children adopt certain habits and behaviours from an early stage enables them to understand how the world around them works. There are many benefits to establishing a routine […]

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Flexible Hours – The need to know

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When the government’s new Child Care subsidy was introduced, the Westwood family thought that they would be better off. The reality however was that the out of pocket fees for their two children to attend early learning five days a week increased. This is because the amount of subsidised hours offered by the government under […]

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Chicken Fajitas

chicken fajitas

An easy, colourful family favourite perfect for a weeknight dinner. Ingredients Serves 4 500g skinless chicken thighs Juice of 1 lime 2 tsp smoked paprika 2 tsp cumin powder 2 tbsp olive oil 2 red onions, sliced 2 small capsicums, sliced 2 gloves garlic, crushed 4 large tortillas 100ml plain Greek yoghurt 1 ripe avocado, […]

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Prawn and Avocado Lettuce Cups

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Nutritious, delicious and easy to make– these Prawn and Avocado Lettuce Cups are the perfect starter to a meal. Ingredients Serves 8 1 large avocado, diced 1 mango, diced 200g cooked, peeled prawns ½ long red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped ½ large lime, zest and juice 1 tsp olive oil ½ tbsp. parsley, finely chopped […]

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5 Ways To Prepare Your Child For School

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By Lisa Lamont Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes There are many ways parents can assist in preparing their children for school. Here are five simple ways: 1.Reading With Your Child:  We all read to our children; however, reading with your child is even more beneficial for their early literacy development.  When you sit down and […]

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Bush Tomato Bolognaise

A simple recipe that packs in the vegetables, this Bush Tomato Bolognaise will soon be the family favourite!  Ingredients Serves 6-8 2 tsp olive oil 1 onion, finely diced 2 carrots, finely diced 2 sticks celery, finely diced 1 clove garlic, finely minced 4 mushrooms, finely diced 1 red capsicum, finely diced 500g beef mince […]

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Split Pea, Ham and Vegetable Soup

pea soup

A hearty soup suitable for lunch or dinner. Ingredients Serves 8-10 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, diced 3 celery stalks, diced 3L water 4 stock cubes (chicken or vegetable) 1kg split peas ½ tsp oregano ½ tsp garlic powder 1 small bay leaf 2 cups cooked leg ham, cubed or shredded 2 carrots, diced […]

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

A mildly sweet afternoon tea incorporating a serve of vegetables. Ingredients Serves 18 Cake Canola oil spray 1 cup self-raising flour 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 500g carrots, grated 30g desiccated coconut 30g pecans OR walnuts, chopped 80g sultanas 2 eggs ½ cup […]

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