Eight Brisbane Spots to Soak Up the Winter Sun

The cooler nights and mornings have hit Brisbane. It’s the season of flannelette pyjamas, hot chocolates and warm bowls of soup. Once the chilly mornings have lifted, in Brisbane we are very lucky to have such beautiful, warming winter sun. It’s still perfect weather to get outside in the fresh air and enjoy the best spots that Brisbane has to offer. There are plenty of great places to take the kids around this beautiful city and the best part is, all of the spots that made our list are completely free!

South Bank Lagoon

If it’s an extra warm (not that uncommon!) winter day,  this is a great water park for kids on Brisbane’s stunning South Bank. The fountains and tipping buckets are designed to introduce children to the importance of the water cycle. This park is free, open every day and patrolled by lifeguards all year.

City Botanic Gardens – Brisbane City

The beautiful Botanic Gardens are a great place for a family picnic. With toilet facilities, a great playground and a café, this one of the Brisbane’s best spots, and it’s right in the middle of town.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs Parklands

While the cliffs are a popular spot for rock climbers, you can feel free to relax in the parkland below the cliffs. With views out to the river, you can also take a walk among the sculptures before firing up one of the BBQ stations.

Ken Fletcher Park – Tennyson

Named after local tennis great Ken Fletcher, this industrial power station themed playground is a real winner for all ages. The climbing apparatus and playground include steel chimneys modelled on those that were once the landmark of the old Tennyson Powerhouse that could be seen for miles around Brisbane. As well as the incredible playground, the park offers barbecue pavilions, a waterfront picnic terrace, amphitheatre, public pontoon, plenty of parking and access for the disabled.

Wellington Point

This beautiful seaside town has lots of picnic spots to choose from. You can sit by the water’s edge or walk along the jetty, and at low tide you can walk out to King Island for some more adventures.


Pelican Park – Clontarf

Right next to the water with great play areas for the kids, toilets, BBQ stations and a bike park, you can even bring a picnic rug for the day. In case the name didn’t give it away, you could even spot a Pelican or two.

Wynnum Water Park

The wading pool is a safe oasis for little ones to splash around in, and there’s also a great little slide with water mounds in the shape of whales, spurting jets of water from their fountains. Plenty of space around the wading pool makes an ideal space to spread out and relax with a picnic.

Whites Hill Reserve – Camp Hill

Enjoy a bush walk before a picnic among the trees. There’s plenty of BBQ stations and play areas to keep kids entertained, with sporting fields for a game of cricket or soccer with the whole family.


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Meet a Charlton Brown trainer – Carmel Harrison

Hamilton local Carmel Harrison discovered her passion for early childhood training with CHARLTON BROWN in 1993. Twenty-four years on, her career is marked with international travel, championing the Global Linkages Program and improving the standard of education and training.

Beginning her career as an early childhood teacher 42 years ago, the energetic mother-of-three transitioned into early childhood training in 1993. Carmel has seen the business grow from what started as a small nanny college in 1985 with two staff members to a business that now welcomes more than 1000 students each year in Australia alone.

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Holiday gift for busy parents – Corporate Crèches

CHARLTON BROWN partnered with PresCare in December 2016, to provide a five week program to PresCare employees who were balancing the end of year school holidays with work commitments.

Following a pilot program in 2014, the five week program received outstanding feedback from staff and, most importantly, the kids. The program, which we’re rolling out across several more organisations in 2017, is not only fun for the kids, but also gives the parents some comfort knowing their children are having a wonderful time and are in the hands of trained carers.


Helping Children Make Sense of the Events in Paris

Saturday started like any other Saturday in our household. A lazy start to the day, then I eventually rolled out of bed and sleepily turned on the television while preparing breakfast for my seven year old.

Imagine our surprise when our channel surfing landed on the news. We were both standing in our living room, watching the news from Paris and witnessing another horrific event that has once again rocked our peaceful way of life.

Since that moment I have had to field a lot of questions from my daughter – she has been exposed to images and stories on television that have been very confronting. This posed me to ask the question – as parents, carers and educators – how do we speak to children in the aftermath of global scale tragic events? It is our responsibility to make children feel safe and secure in their worlds, and we want more than anything for children to be able to live carefree lives, sparing them from these tragedies – but unfortunately we cannot always do this.


And we have a biter!

Having worked many years with children and many of those years with toddlers I have experiences a lot of biters. There are two big issues with biting – 1. The biter and 2. The bitten. So when my daughter’s childcare centre called me to advise Miss A, who was 10 months old at the time, had been bitten, I wasn’t shocked or overly concerned. ‘It happens,’ I thought. ‘It is developmentally appropriate,’ I reassured myself. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it is appropriate behaviour, it certainly is not but biting is common in toddlers.

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How to handle and soothe a newborn

You’ve landed that dream job! You are the nanny of a brand-new beautiful baby girl or boy. You are feeling so proud of yourself, and so responsible. Your nannying days will be filled with coo’ing, nappies and cuddles. It will also have its moments of crying, and fussiness and tiredness. For those nannies that are beginning their childcare career, or those experienced nannies that have cared for older children, remembering how to handle and sooth a newborn baby can cause nervous feelings. Remember your training – handle your baby with supportive movements, provide newborns with warmth and comfort during moments of distress.

These baby handling tips will have you cooing with confidence in no time!


Developing trust as a carer in a home environment

In my time as a professional nanny, I have worked with many families, caring for their children. I have provided new born support, worked as a mothers helper and have even been the sole carer.

Each of my positions as a carer have been vastly different – different ages, responsibilities and of course, requirements from the family.

Every position however – from night-time babysitting to full time carer – all demanded that I hold one essential quality: trustworthiness.


Why Professional Nannies should be a tax deduction

Child care availability, accessibility and affordability remain an on-going challenge in Australia and are a serious obstacle to anyone’s productivity. Mothers who are highly educated and prominently qualified – are entitled to motherhood and a career; it would be such a sad waste of skills if they were not properly employed and their talents utilised.


Overnight you became a primary carer; what to do next!

Sadly many families and individuals are forced into becoming an aged or disability carer overnight, with little or no notice. When care is needed, at short notice, waiting lists in facilities mean that families may have to compromise the high standards they would usually expect for their loved ones.


What is the best child care option for your family?

There is a lot of cacophony coming out of Canberra regarding child care –  government funding for centre care, home care or both; paid parental leave; productivity commission outcomes – the list appears endless, but what about the key message? How do you wade your way through the noise to work out what is the best way for you to ensure that your family receives the most appropriate level of care for their need.