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Welcome to the July newsletter. With half the year already behind us, we are hoping that the next few months continue with fewer restrictions within the community and all families staying safe and healthy.
Our Educators are excited that all your children are now back attending the centre, and have some exciting activities planned for the upcoming weeks.
As you are all aware fees are now being charged for childcare, so please ensure all statements are read and followed up on promptly to avoid any unexpected errors in payments.
With the colder weather upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of a healthy diet to combat illness. Diet is crucial to boosting our immune systems and helping fight off the bugs. Staying positive, exercising and getting a good night's sleep are also important.
Here are some top tips for what to eat to stay well this winter…
1. Make a date with porridge
"Start your day with a healthy slow-release breakfast, which will keep you full of energy until lunch. Warming oats are a great way to start your morning, try topping with nuts or seeds and some seasonal winter fruit like apples, pears cranberries or dates."
2. Choose fruit and veggies rich in vitamin C
"Add foods like sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers and citrus fruits to your meals as they contain vitamin C, which plays an important role in the immune system and energy levels, especially important if you regularly exercise."
3. Look for sources of zinc, like spinach
"During the winter months, we can come into contact with viruses that can cause colds or flu. So, it's important that our immune system functions normally and zinc contributes to this. Foods such as oysters, spinach and legumes are good sources of zinc."
4. Eat more iron-rich foods – or take a supplement
"Red meats, lentils and green leafy vegetables are good sources of iron, which supports a healthy immune system. If you're not getting all your iron requirements from food sources alone consider taking a natural iron food supplement."
5. Up your intake of fish, eggs and cheese
"Fish such as salmon and cod, as well as milk, eggs and cheese, are a great source of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and also contributes to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue."
"Sometimes the winter months can make us reach for sugar-laden 'comfort foods' that can be bad for both our waistline and our energy levels. However, there are lots of winter foods that are nutritious and comforting – try roasted root vegetables which are delicious and sweet, or soups packed with vegetables are great for lunchtime, especially with lots of garlic or ginger."
Centre Photos - don't forget to hop online and pre-order your centre photos. Photos will be taken on the 28th, 29th and 30th July.
Crazy Hair Day- Come to Kindy with crazy hair on Friday July 24th. We are asking for a gold coin donation to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Ekka Show Holiday- our centre will be closed on Monday August 10th for the Ekka Show public holiday. Please note that this different to The Brisbane Show day of Friday August 14th.