Northgate & Greenwith Blogs en-us 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!


Easter 7554 2019-04-18 12:01:00 Yesterday our Northgate Centre was visited by Easter Bunny himself while our Greenwith Centre enjoyed an Easter magic show! 

If the children were not excited about Easter before hand, they certainly are now. 

We hope that all our families have a happy and safe Easter break, we look forward to hearing stories of bunnies and egg hunts next week! 

Harmony Day 7542 2019-03-21 16:39:00 Today we celebrated Harmony Day. We invited our families to send their children dressed in Orange or cultural dress. Educators joined in with this theme and also held a morning tea with different foods from around the world! 
Did you know that Harmony Day uses Orange as traditionally it signifies social communication and meaningful conversations? 
We hope that your Harmony Day was as enjoyable as ours!

Our Musical Visit 7537 2019-03-15 10:13:00 Yesterday our Northgate Centre had a visit from Moriya who provided us with a great show full of music and dance. 

The children were enthralled as they watched him play the digeridoo, making the sounds of Kangaroos bouncing and Kookaburras Laughing. Moriya also played us the Jew's Harp and showed us the different sounds it could make and then the African Thumb Piano which made sounds like the rain. 

Children and Educators had so much fun dancing and bounding like Kangaroos while Moriya played his instruments and explained the different sounds and techniques used for each. 

Thank you Moriya for a fabulous show!