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Today, I did something that perhaps only gardeners will find absolutely exciting… I picked the first strawberry of the season! My personal food garden is only one year old and our first season of strawberry growth was very disappointing. I had few berries and often, when I did find a nice red one, I would […]

Welcome gardening friends!

Hi Gardening friends! My name is Becc and I am the teaching director at Clarence Town Pre-School. I’m so pleased to be part of the Little Green Spade and I hope that over time we will be able to develop a strong online community of educators all passionate about fresh food and children! At our […]

Composting and worm farms

With time and effort your compost will become a valuable asset to your garden. Your compost can have many additions: Grass clippings, garden waste (although be aware of seeding weeds as these need to be disposed of), shredded paper, fruit and vegetable scraps, leaf litter, tea bags, coffee grounds and even lint from your dryer. […]


Composting provides multiple benefits for both your garden and the environment. Consider the amount of food waste and organic matter that becomes landfill. Composting reuses these natural resources and creates a rich support for your soil. Intentional teaching: Composting Within the early education and care environment you may find that an enclosed composting container is […]

2014 National Sorry Day

Today is National Sorry Day.  Sorry Day is a day of commemoration and remembrance for the Stolen Generations, the Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their families, communities and cultures between the 1800s and the 1970s. Community Child Care Co-operative NSW acknowledges the loss of family, cultural identity, land, language and community of Aborigines and Torres […]

Vaccination and Services: what it means.

Services have heard a lot in the media about possible changes to immunisation requirements for children attending early education and care services. The NSW Minister for Health has announced that legislation requiring parents to provide evidence of vaccination or have an approved exemption prior to enrolling in services, will be introduced to Parliament. This is […]

Media release: Childcare fees

Childcare fees may rise slightly but quality will rise a lot say childcare operators New requirements for children’s services in NSW to have 1 staff member for every 4 babies they care for may push fees up minimally, but the quality of care provided will increase substantially says Community Child Care Co-operative (NSW). Under new […]

Draft regulations for consultation

Draft Children’s Services Regulation Amendment released   On Friday, Community Services released the draft Children’s Services Amendment Regulation 2010 and its accompanying Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for public consultation. The Amending Regulation, when passed by the NSW Parliament, will commence on the 1st of January next year. The changes the amending Regulation contain include: the […]

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