Communication – Why it’s Important

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The key to maximising your child’s experiences within an early learning centre is effective communication. When families and educators are on the same page with the child’s progress, the child flourishes. Consequently, it helps to ease the transition between home and care, building a sense of confidence and belonging in young children. What kind of […]

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Flexible Hours – The Need to Know

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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Apple Pancakes with Banana

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These apple and banana pancakes make for a healthy, sweet treat for breakfast. Ingredients Serves 4 1 egg 1 tsp margarine 1 ¼ cups milk 1 cup self-raising flour 1 tbsp sugar 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and grated ½ tsp olive oil 3 ripe bananas, sliced ½ tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional) Method […]

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Prawn and Avocado Lettuce Cups

prawn and avocado

Fruit, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats – 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 8 leaves from iceberg, […]

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5 Ways To Prepare Your Child For School

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

bush tomato bolognaise

This Bush Tomato Bolognaise is a simple recipe that packs in the vegetables. 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 2 tsp ground bush tomato […]

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Apricot Bliss Balls

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A high energy sweet snack to give you a burst of energy. Ingredients Makes 20 balls 2 ripe bananas 1 cup sultanas 1 cup dried apricots, diced 1 cup puffed rice 1 cup quick cooking oats 1 cup desiccated coconut Method In a bowl, mash peeled bananas. Add sultanas and dried apricots and mix to […]

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Tomato & Meatball Risotto

tomato meatball risotto

A rich and hearty meal ideal for a midweek dinner. Ingredients Serves 6-8 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 500g lean beef mince 1 tsp dried oregano 1 small egg Freshly ground black pepper 2 tsp olive oil 1 brown onion, diced 1 clove garlic, diced 1 cup Arborio rice 2L vegetable […]

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Date Scones

date scones

A sweet treat you can enjoy with a cup of tea. Ingredients Makes 10 3 cups self-raising flour 1 tsp baking soda 50g margarine, cold & chopped 1.5 cups buttermilk 1 cup chopped dates Method Preheat oven to 180ºC. In a bowl, sift flour and baking soda and add chopped margarine. Using your hands, work […]

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