Australian Bushfires: Little Steps to Rebuilding Our Community

From lemonade stands and fundraiser barbecues through to stitching joey pouches for young orphaned animals, even the littlest Australians are doing their bit to support those devastated by the bushfires. Children and educators attending Casa Bambini early learning centres are activating several initiatives to support the communities from bushfire-ravaged areas. And to bolster their efforts, […]

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Good Nutrition in Care

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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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Flexible Hours – The need to know

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When the government’s new Child Care subsidy was introduced, the Smith 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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Big School Preparation & Setting a Routine

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Is your child soon leaving preschool to head to big school? One of the factors that contributes to the success of this transition is the establishment of routines. Helping children adopt certain habits and behaviours from an early stage allows them to understand how the world around them works. There are many benefits to establishing […]

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Prawn, Cherry Tomato & Feta Rissoni

prawn rissoni

A simple dinner recipe with fresh Italian flavours. Ingredients Serves 4 350g rissoni pasta 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 tbsp chilli flakes OR 1 fresh chopped red chilli   ½ cup white wine 500g cherry tomatoes, halved 500g peeled green prawns 2 tbsp […]

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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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Strawberry Balls

A sweet and healthy bite-size snack to give you a boost of energy in the afternoon. Ingredients Makes 24 balls 250g fresh strawberries 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup desiccated coconut 8 fresh dates, seeds removed Method Discard green leaves from strawberries. Rinse clean and halve. Place all ingredients into a food processor. Process well […]

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Split Pea, Ham and Vegetable Soup

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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 and 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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