Author Archives: tushnam

Communication – Why it’s Important

educator and 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

These pancakes make for a delicious and nutritious breakfast treat.  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 […]

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Prawn and Avocado Lettuce Cups

prawn and avocado

Fruit, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats – 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. […]

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Beetroot & Chickpea Dip

A bright, 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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Apple & Raspberry Crumble

apple and raspberry crumble

A sweet family favourite full of fruit, fibre and wholegrains.   Ingredients Serves 4 2 large green apples, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks 2 cups frozen raspberries 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tbsp water 3 tbsp wholemeal flour ½ cup rolled oats 1 tbsp castor sugar 1.5 tbsp vegetable margarine Canola oil spray […]

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Minestrone Soup

minestrone soup

A wholesome and hearty family favourite. Incorporate any leftover vegetables you may have in your fridge! Ingredients Serves 8 2 tsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, diced 1 onion, diced 2 carrots, diced 2 sticks celery, diced 1 zucchini, diced 1 small leek, diced 1 small red capsicum, diced ½ tsp dried oregano 1 dried […]

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Salmon and Sweet Potato Patties

salmon and sweet potato patties

A simple but nutritious family favourite, these patties are quick and easy to make but pack a flavour punch. Ingredients Serves 4 1 medium sweet potato (approximately 300g) 400g tin salmon, drained 1 red onion, finely diced 2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped 2 tbsp capers 1 lemon, zest and juice 1 egg (beaten) 1/3 […]

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Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2017

By Kylie Pearce NAIDOC Week commences this year from Sunday 2nd July 2017 to Sunday 9th July 2017.  Celebrations are held across Australia each July, during the first full week, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians […]

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