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Firefighters visit Murray House

- December 11, 2015

Firefighters visit Murray House

Firefighters from Ashfield Fire Station stopped by Murray House, bringing their fire truck and talking to the kids about fire safety and the course of action should there ever be a fire in their house.

Carols by Twilight at The Infants' Home

- December 7, 2015

Carols by Twilight at The Infants' Home

Our annual Carols by Twilight on Friday 4 December 2015 was a fun night for all!

Herbalife Help Out at The Infants' Home

- October 28, 2015

Herbalife Help Out at The Infants' Home

This week The Infants' Home were thrilled to welcome Herbalife to the centre for a volunteer day.

Children explore and celebrate wellbeing for Art Show

- October 14, 2015

Children explore and celebrate wellbeing for Art Show

The Infants' Home Annual Art Show is on Saturday October 24th, from 10am-2.30pm - all welcome! Children have been exploring the theme of wellness and wellbeing to create a huge selection of art works for display.

Murray House Yogis!

- October 9, 2015

Murray House Yogis!

Children in Murray House's Toddlers' Program have been practicing yoga to help develop flexibility and balance, and to take time out to relax as part of an active day.

Westconnex meeting at The Infants' Home was informative for all.

- October 1, 2015

Westconnex meeting at The Infants' Home was informative for all.

Parents had many of their questions on the M4 road developments answered by Westconnex at last night's meeting.

Rotary Five Dock's Annual Golf Day supports The Infants' Home!

- September 25, 2015

Rotary Five Dock's Annual Golf Day supports The Infants' Home!

Rotary will host their annual charity golf day on Thursday Nov 12 at Concord Golf Club to help The Infants' Home.

Please support our new Children's Health Clinic!

- September 23, 2015

Please support our new Children's Health Clinic!

Please take 5 minutes to support our funding application to create a new children's health clinic onsite at Ashfield.

Join us in celebration on board HMAS Sydney

- September 10, 2015

Join us in celebration on board HMAS Sydney

The Infants' Home has been HMAS Sydney's chosen charity since 1965 - 50 years! This proud Navy ship will be decommissioned in November 2015 and you are invited to our farewell cocktail parties!

Strathfield Council's Children With Special Needs School Holiday Program

- September 7, 2015

Strathfield Council's Children With Special Needs School Holiday Program

Move over Monet - children in Rigby House paint still life!

- September 4, 2015

Move over Monet - children in Rigby House paint still life!

It's often said that art imitates life: grocery shopping items were used as inspiration for still life paintings by children in Rigby House.

Burwood Council Family Fun Day

- September 2, 2015

Burwood Council Family Fun Day

Burwood Council are celebrating National Child Protection Week and R U OK Day by holding a Family Fun Day for the community.

Exploring The Magic of Books for Book Week

- August 27, 2015

Exploring The Magic of Books for Book Week

Educators at The Infants Home have been organising activities to help children celebrate book week: encouraging children to enjoy authors and books, to find out where books can be accessed from and to involve parents and carers in the magic of stories and storytelling.

Thank you to Local Clubs supporting The Infants' Home

- August 27, 2015

Thank you to Local Clubs supporting The Infants' Home

The Infants' Home is grateful to Local Clubs supporting our work through the ClubGrants Program.

Bookings are Now Open for The Infants' Home Parenting Programs: Term 4

- August 25, 2015

Bookings are Now Open for The Infants' Home Parenting Programs: Term 4

The Infants' Home are now taking bookings for our Term 4 parenting programs for parents and carers

Parenting Course starts Term Four: 'Bringing Up Great Kids'

- August 20, 2015

Parenting Course starts Term Four: 'Bringing Up Great Kids'

Next term we will be running a free, six-week Bringing Up Great Kids parenting program for parents and carers.

Exploring taps, buckets and tubes for National Science Week!

- August 20, 2015

Exploring taps, buckets and tubes for National Science Week!

Children at The Infants' Home have been celebrating National Science Week by exploring the world around them.

Infant Massage Class for Parents and Carers

- August 17, 2015

Infant Massage Class for Parents and Carers

The Infants' Home will host a free, 5-week massage class for parents with children under 12 months old, starting Saturday October 31st.

Westfield Burwood makes a valuable contribution to The Infants' Home

- July 27, 2015

Westfield Burwood makes a valuable contribution to The Infants' Home

The Infants Home were thrilled to receive a visit and generous donation from Westfield Burwood following the successful GiveAbility Day.

Rangoli project in Robinson House

- July 24, 2015

Rangoli project in Robinson House

Rangoli is a traditional folk art in India that is traditionally done by women. The children in Robinson House have recently begun to talk about and explore this art form with educator Vasuki.

PECERA 2015 comes to The Infants' Home

- July 24, 2015

PECERA 2015 comes to The Infants' Home

On Friday July 24 The Infants' Home welcomed delegates from the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) conference, who toured our centres to learn about our integrated approach to early childhood education as the first research activity of their weekend program.

Woolworths Earn & Learn 2015

- July 15, 2015

Woolworths Earn & Learn 2015

The Infants' Home is taking part in the Woolworths Earn & Learn Program 2015.

Health and wellbeing is not just for the people in Johnson House

- July 10, 2015

Health and wellbeing is not just for the people in Johnson House

The children in Johnson House have recently begun talking about health and wellbeing, which is the theme for this year’s Art Show. This has led the children to also begin thinking about how we take care of our pets, and what we need to do to make sure they are happy and healthy.

‘Her glass was never anything but full’: in memory of Robyn Huber

- July 9, 2015

‘Her glass was never anything but full’: in memory of Robyn Huber

Yesterday The Infant’s Home gathered to mark the unveiling of a Memorial Garden in celebration of Robyn’s life and her commitment to The Infants’ Home.

Westfield Burwood’s GiveAbility Day a huge success for The Infants' Home!

- July 8, 2015

Westfield Burwood’s GiveAbility Day a huge success for The Infants' Home!

On Saturday July 4 Westfield Burwood hosted their annual GiveAbility Day. This year funds were raised in support of our services for children with additional needs.

Goldman Sachs: Operation Sandpit!

- July 8, 2015

Goldman Sachs: Operation Sandpit!

Volunteers from Goldman Sachs switched up their usual office routine last week, and came to The Infants’ Home to replenish our sandpits.

Mid-year get together in Rigby House

- July 6, 2015

Mid-year get together in Rigby House

Rigby House would like to invite their families, including parents/careers, siblings, grandparents and other extended family members to join them for a mid-year get together on Monday 27 July, 5.00pm – 6.30pm.

Have your say on proposed changes to child care

- June 30, 2015

Have your say on proposed changes to child care

The Department of Social Services will be conducting a series of consultation sessions around Australia during July 2015 on the Government’s new Child Care Assistance Package.

You can help us build a new kitchen by donating to The Infants' Home 2015 Tax Appeal

- June 26, 2015

You can help us build a new kitchen by donating to The Infants' Home 2015 Tax Appeal

The Infants’ Home constantly develops our services and facilities to ensure we meet the needs of children and families in our community. Right now, we need to build a new kitchen to strengthen our programs to promote healthy lifestyles for all children in our care.

Westfield Burwood’s GiveAbility Day to support The Infants’ Home work with vulnerable children

- June 23, 2015

Westfield Burwood’s GiveAbility Day to support The Infants’ Home work with vulnerable children

We are delighted to have been chosen as Westfield Burwood’s charity partner for their 2015 GiveAbility Day, which will be held on Saturday 4th July at Westfield Burwood shopping centre.

The Infants’ Home is excited to begin developing our first Reconciliation Action Plan

- June 12, 2015

The Infants’ Home is excited to begin developing our first Reconciliation Action Plan

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) documents what an organisation will do, within their day to day operations, to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. A RAP describes the practical ways in which an organisation will build strong relationships and enhanced respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, and we are very excited to be embarking on this journey for the first time.

Hurstville Council Family Day Care to join The Infants’ Home

- June 12, 2015

Hurstville Council Family Day Care to join The Infants’ Home

After 39 years of operation, Hurstville Council's Family Day Care scheme will transition to join The Infants’ Home Family Day Care Sydney Wide (FDCSW) scheme from Monday June 22, 2015.

Constable Jim talks with Robinson House children about being safe

- June 10, 2015

Constable Jim talks with Robinson House children about being safe

Educator Thi-My and the children in Robinson House’s purple room children have recently been discussing safety and what this means.

Music and movement inspires all kinds of learning in Murray House

- June 9, 2015

Music and movement inspires all kinds of learning in Murray House

The children in Murray House’s toddler’s room love being part of small group learning experiences. Some of children’s favourite things to do during small group times are reading, having news time, acting out favourite stories such as ‘Going on a bear hunt’ and, most of all, singing and dancing!

The Infants’ Home – a very concerned community over the proposed M4 East tunnels exhaust stack in Haberfield

- June 5, 2015

The Infants’ Home – a very concerned community over the proposed M4 East tunnels exhaust stack in Haberfield

Yesterday the Australian and NSW Governments announced the preferred design for the M4 East tunnels to run under Parramatta Road, which include plans to place an exhaust stack for the tunnels on the corner of Wattle Street and Parramatta Road, opposite Bunnings Warehouse.

Celebrating Wishbone Day in Gorton House

- May 29, 2015

Celebrating Wishbone Day in Gorton House

The children, families and staff in Gorton House came together recently for the centre’s first family event of the year to celebrate Wishbone Day, which is an international community awareness effort for Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), also known as 'brittle bones'.

2015 AGM: Marking 140 years of making a difference in the lives of children and families

- May 21, 2015

2015 AGM: Marking 140 years of making a difference in the lives of children and families

This week we welcomed our friends, supporters, staff and Board Directors to mark the passing of our 140th year at our annual AGM.

Jungle Fun on Family Movie Night!

- May 13, 2015

Jungle Fun on Family Movie Night!

The Infants' Home's first ever family movie night was a big hit, with family favourite Madagascar delivering belly laughs for young and old!

We’re going on a nature hunt…

- May 4, 2015

We’re going on a nature hunt…

The children in Robinson House have daily opportunities to explore nature and to get up close to the many mini-beasts, plants and natural materials in their outdoor spaces. Recently educator Deepa and a group of children from the Green Room decided to go on a nature hunt to learn more about their surrounding environment…

AFL Clinics are go!

- May 1, 2015

AFL Clinics are go!

Last week we kicked of our AFL clinics program for preschool children in Gorton, Johnson and Robinson Houses. The start of the program has been a bit rocky due to the bad weather, but this week some of the children from Gorton House took advantage of a (mostly) sunny break to brush up on their ball skills.

Johnson House Preschool checks on Peppa pig following the big storm

- April 27, 2015

Johnson House Preschool checks on Peppa pig following the big storm

On Friday Johnson House centre director Mariam took a small group of children on an adventure to check on the wellbeing of our own Peppa pig, so named by the children, who until last Tuesday had resided happily under the Peppercorn tree that was felled in last week’s storm.

HMAS Sydney lends us a helping hand!

- April 24, 2015

HMAS Sydney lends us a helping hand!

This week The Infants' Home were lucky enough to receive a visit from the crew of the HMAS Sydney, in the first of their volunteering days for 2015.

Wild weather takes its toll on The Infants’ Home

- April 22, 2015

Wild weather takes its toll on The Infants’ Home

Yesterday one of the beautiful old Peppercorn trees next to our old Gorton House heritage building succumbed to the strong winds and torrential rain that lashed the city yesterday.

The latest issue of the Parent Happenings newsletter is now available

- April 21, 2015

The latest issue of the Parent Happenings newsletter is now available

The Parent Happenings Newsletter is a bi-monthly newsletter that aims to keep parents and carers informed about what is happening in their child's centre, family day care service or playgroup, and to share news about the The Infants' Home in general.

Bob or Betty the Builder? TIH chats to ABC about children, gender stereotypes and careers

- April 20, 2015

Bob or Betty the Builder? TIH chats to ABC about children, gender stereotypes and careers

On Sunday April 19, our CEO Anita Kumar was interviewed on ABC TV's Weekend Breakfast show about how simple activities at The Infants' Home' can encourage critical thinking in children to challenge gender stereotypes.

Murray House parent information evening on child health and nutrition

- April 14, 2015

Murray House parent information evening on child health and nutrition

This Friday 17 April, Murray House will be hosting a parent information session from 5.00pm - 5.45pm, which will be delivered by The Infants' Home's SpOT Children's Clinic dietitian Alicia Grunseit and Health and Early Childhood Consultant Meryl Burn.

140th Anniversary Reception at Government House

- April 13, 2015

140th Anniversary Reception at Government House

Last Wednesday we proudly celebrated The Infants’ Home’s 140th Anniversary with an official reception at Government House. We welcomed many distinguished quests and supporters to this special event, including guests of honour His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales, and his wife Mrs Linda Hurley, The Infants’ Home Patron.

The Infants’ Home partners with Johnson & Johnson Pacific

- March 31, 2015

The Infants’ Home partners with Johnson & Johnson Pacific

We are very excited to announce that the Infants’ Home has entered into a two-year partnership with Johnson & Johnson Pacific (JJP) to help increase our capacity to meet the needs of children and families living in vulnerable circumstances or dealing with complex issues.

"Yes" or "No"? Seminar for parents

- March 25, 2015

"Yes" or "No"? Seminar for parents

Join us on Wednesday April 1, 7.30pm - 9pm, for the final session in our parenting seminar series presented by Hayes van der Meer from FamilyLab.

New Parenting Course Starting Term 2

- March 23, 2015

New Parenting Course Starting Term 2

Next term we will be running a free Bringing Up Great Kids parenting program for parents and carers.

The Infants’ Home goes to the Sydney Children’s Festival

- March 20, 2015

The Infants’ Home goes to the Sydney Children’s Festival

Last weekend Alicia Paciocco, a social worker from The Infants’ Home, joined volunteers from other organisations to host a playgroup experience for children at the Sydney Children’s Festival.

Challenging gender stereotypes at the Johnson House Preschool Hairdressers

- March 16, 2015

Challenging gender stereotypes at the Johnson House Preschool Hairdressers

The educators in Johnson House preschool recently set up a dramatic play area with hairdresser props for the children. As well as creating some fabulous hair styles, the space also gave children and educators the opportunity to explore and challenge some common gender stereotypes.

We still have some corporate volunteers days free

- March 10, 2015

We still have some corporate volunteers days free

Are you interested in volunteering at The Infants' Home? We still have some free days in this year's calendar.

Herbalife brings pirates, fairies and soccer to The Infants' Home

- March 5, 2015

Herbalife brings pirates, fairies and soccer to The Infants' Home

Last week we were delighted to once again welcome a team of Distributors from our long-time partner Herbalife to celebrate their annual Mark Hughes Day with the children and educators in Robinson House.

The 40th Anniversary of International Women’s Day is this Sunday

- March 5, 2015

The 40th Anniversary of International Women’s Day is this Sunday

The first International Women's Day event was run in 1911, but in 1975 the day was officially recognised by the UN, which had declared 1975 ‘International Women's Year’. This Sunday 8 March will commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the day, and this year’s theme is ‘Make it Happen’.

AFL clinics kicking off soon for 2015!

- March 4, 2015

AFL clinics kicking off soon for 2015!

Back by popular demand, from the beginning of next term we will once again have coaches from AFL NSW/ACT coming to The Infants’ Home to run coaching clinics with the preschool children from Gorton, Robinson and Johnson Houses.

Murray House’s not so far away tree

- February 20, 2015

Murray House’s not so far away tree

Some of the children from Murray House’s toddler program got in touch with nature as they did a little tree climbing around the base of the beautiful Camphor Laurel tree that grows just outside their centre.

Corporate Volunteer Calendar 2015

- February 20, 2015

Corporate Volunteer Calendar 2015

Are you interested in participating in our corporate volunteer program? We still have some free days in this year's calendar…

Happy Chinese Year of the Sheep!

- February 13, 2015

Happy Chinese Year of the Sheep!

The Chinese New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar, bringing with it two weeks of celebrations and traditions. Chinese New Year is also known as the ‘Spring Festival’ or the ‘Lunar New Year’.

Read the latest Parent Happenings newsletter

- February 6, 2015

Read the latest Parent Happenings newsletter

The Parents Happenings Newsletter is a bimonthly newsletter that aims to keep parents and carers informed about what is happening in their child's centre and at The Infants' Home in general.

Parenting and Wellbeing Workshops Calendar

- February 3, 2015

Parenting and Wellbeing Workshops Calendar

This term we are offering a parenting course, creative wellbeing workshops for women and a series of evening workshops.

'Understanding Anger in Children' workshop for parents coming soon

- January 30, 2015

'Understanding Anger in Children' workshop for parents coming soon

Presented by Hayes van der Meer from FamilyLab, this workshop will explore one of the most challenging aspects of parenting - understanding and responding to children's anger.

A picture of family is worth a thousand words for children starting at Murray House

- January 29, 2015

A picture of family is worth a thousand words for children starting at Murray House

As we come to the end of January (already!), the new children are settling in to Murray House with the help of cuddles, reassuring words and a family photo.

First staff gathering for 2015

- January 23, 2015

First staff gathering for 2015

This week The Infants’ Home’s staff came together for the first of our monthly all staff gatherings

Playgroups are back!

- January 23, 2015

Playgroups are back!

Our playgroups will start up again next week, beginning with the Wangal playgroup at Ashfield Public School next Wednesday, and the Gurung Playgroup at Croydon Park Public school on Friday.

Welcome to 2015!

- January 9, 2015

Welcome to 2015!

Welcoming all of our new and returning children and families for 2015.

Cycling for a good cause!

- January 7, 2015

Cycling for a good cause!

Our long-time supporter Herbalife is helping 20 cyclists to battle extreme conditions and exposed terrain in a 40-hour bike ride to raise $100,000 for the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF); a foundation that supports The Infants' Home's 'Head Start on Health' program.

Goldman Sachs brings the beach to our doorstep

- January 7, 2015

Goldman Sachs brings the beach to our doorstep

Summertime and sand go hand in hand, and this week a group of volunteers from Goldman Sachs brought at bit of the beach to The Infants’ Home!

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