Useful Information

Parenting:

Whether you’re a parent, a practitioner or an organisation that works with parents, the international award winning Triple P – Positive Parenting Program®, backed by over 25 years of clinically proven, worldwide research, has the answers to your parenting questions and needs.

An Australian resource for parenting newborns to teens.

Parenting Australia is an online support community for pregnant women and families with babies and children under five.

Tresillian Family Care Centres. Australia's largest child and family health organisation providing expert parenting advice to families during the early years.

Parenting tips and information on computer and mobile phone use and ways to avoid potential problems for yourself and your family.
 

Government and Early Childhood Support:

At this website you will find information on different types of childcare and how to get assistance with the cost of childcare. This site also has information and links to other useful websites about children's health and wellbeing, parenting and family support services.

Additionally, mychild.gov.au contains details of the Australian Government's early childhood agenda. This information covers a wide range of policies the Government is implementing to improve early childhood education and care.

The Office for Early Childhood Education and Care is responsible for the strategic management and implementation of early childhood reforms. They are also responsible for the coordination of early childhood education and care programs, regulation and supporting quality improvement for all child care services in Queensland and working with stakeholders and service providers to meet Government goals.

ACECQA is the new national body ensuring early childhood education and care across Australia is high quality.

Find out your entitlements and childcare rebate options here.

Early Childhood Australia is the peak early-childhood advocacy organisation, acting in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood field.
 

Health and wellbeing:

Great recipes to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables.

Fun recipes and food ideas for kids.

he Better Health Channel website provides health and medical information to help individuals and communities improve their health and wellbeing.

 

Other links of interest:

There’s a lot to make and do - like print and colour, craft ideas and recipes too; plus games to help you learn and grow, and watch your favourite TV show.

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Labels for everything from bags to clothes to drink bottles.  Your order can support Tiny Town.  Simply order online at www.mynamelabel.com.au using our fundraising code 6f700957 and 15% of the cost of your order will be donated back to us.

Tiny Town is an activity of Emmanuel Uniting Church.  Find out all about Emmanuel at their website.

 

Tiny Town’s Nutritional Policy:

Healthy lunch boxes for children

Healthy lunches and snacks are important for children and help with concentration and learning. Encourage children to be involved in their own lunch preparation, and their choices about foods to include. Praise your child when they choose healthy foods for the lunch box. At Tiny Town lunch boxes are stored in the fridge. Please choose a simple box with NO padding to minimise space. Please choose containers that your child can learn to open themselves.

We encourage food containers that minimise plastic and other non-recyclable wrapping materials and promote sustainability.

Six items to put in a lunch box

  • Vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Dairy food – cheese or yoghurt
  • Protein food – slice of lean meat, hard-boiled egg or beans
  • Starchy food – bread, roll, pita or flat bread, fruit bread or crackers
  • Water

Food suggestions

There are endless food choices available for lunch boxes. It can sometimes be difficult to decide which foods are healthy choices.

Vegetables - Best choices

Try vegetable sticks with dips, or a small container with mixed vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, celery, corn, beetroot, sprouts, capsicum, snow peas or cucumbers.

Foods best left out - "Crisps" are best left for parties.

Fruit - Best choices

Fresh, or tinned fruit in natural juice, are everyday foods. Dried fruit is sticky and high in sugar, so eat occasionally or as part of a meal.

Foods best left out - "Dried fruit bars" and “straps” are very high in sugar, low in fibre and stick to children’s teeth causing tooth decay.

Dairy food - Best choices

Reduced fat cheese slices or cubes.

Yoghurt

Natural or fruit yoghurt.

Foods best left out - “Dairy desserts‟ and flavoured milks are high in sugar.

Sandwiches - Best choices

Include a variety of bread and fillings, especially if children begin to lose interest in sandwiches. Choose one or more of the following:

  • Salmon or tuna in spring water. Try mini cans of tuna with added flavours.
  • Reduced fat cheese or cheese spread
  • Egg
  • Falafel or lentil patties
  • Sliced lean cold meats such as ham, turkey, chicken, lamb or beef with vegetables
  • Baked beans or bean salad
  • Grated carrot, lettuce or tomato
  • Include grainy bread or rolls, flat bread, fruit loaf or buns, bagels, corn or rice cakes, Turkish bread, crisp bread or pikelets.

As an alternative try:

  • Pasta – make a salad with lots of raw vegetables
  • Rice – when making fried rice, minimise oil and add lots of steamed vegetables.

Foods best left out - Avoid chocolate spreads, jam and honey. Avoid fatty meats such as salami and Strasbourg.

Biscuits and dips - Best choices

Wholemeal or multigrain dry biscuits, crisp breads, or rice cakes with yoghurt, hummus or vegetable dips.

Foods best left out - “Oven baked‟ and plain savoury biscuits are as high in salt and fat as chips.

Muffins and cakes

Try making your own healthy muffins and cakes. Include fruit and vegetables such as sultanas, carrot, zucchini, banana and pumpkin.

Foods best left out - Only offer donuts and cakes occasionally instead of in the lunch box.

Muesli and ‘breakfast’ bars

Almost all “bars” are too high in sugar. Some high fibre cereal bars are better than chewy, high fat muesli type bars. Try to avoid chocolate bars and muesli bars in lunch boxes. These are expensive and stuck together with fats and sugar.

Best drinks

Water is provided at Tiny Town so there is no need to send drinks along.

In general, water and milk are the best drinks for children. All sweet drinks such as fruit juice, juice drinks, cordials, sports drinks, energy drinks, flavoured milk, flavoured mineral waters and soft drinks are high in sugar and are not necessary. These drinks can increase the risk of tooth decay, are “filling”,and may take the place of healthier foods.

 

November

Thurs 29th 2:45pm - Quiz Works Puppet Show, Enoggera SS EPAC

December

Sat 8th - Christmas Concert

Thurs 20th, Fri 21st 9-2pm - Emmanuel Dig Into Christmas Holiday Club