Author Archives: Admin

How To Practice Self-Care This Mother’s Day

With life so different this Mother’s Day, it’s difficult to carve out time for self-care; after all, it’s not like you can escape for a weekend away or even a treatment at your favourite local beauty salon.  However, it’s more important than ever to look after yourself when you’re feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders. Remember to take a […]

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Communication – Why it’s Important

educator communication with child

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

clock on a desk

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

apple pancakes

 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 In a large bowl, beat egg, margarine […]

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Mexican Mince

mexican mince

An easy, tasty Mexican mince packed with plenty of vegetables. Ingredients Serves 8 1 tbsp olive oil ½ brown onion, diced 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 500g lean beef mince 1.5 tsp cumin powder 3 tsp smoked paprika 1 carrot, grated 1 green capsicum, finely chopped 1x 400g tin of kidney beans, rinsed and drained […]

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Beetroot & Chickpea Dip

beetroot dip

 A vibrant, healthy dip to be enjoyed with wholegrain crackers or vegetable sticks. Ingredients Serves 6-8 1x 400g can baby beetroots, drained 1x 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed ¼ cup Greek yoghurt 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 clove garlic Method Place all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth […]

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Split Pea, Ham and Vegetable Soup

pea and ham 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

 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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