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Published August 26th 2018
The power of collaboration to tackle childhood obesity
The current statistics show that one in four children (and almost two out of three adults) within Australia are considered overweight or obese. According to international research, embedding good eating habits in children at an early age will reduce the risks of obesity later in life.

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Food and Nutrition at Paisley Park Randwick with Chef Miguel Maestre


According to Professor John Wiggers, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, "nurturing better eating habits for life from a young age is a much more effective and more durable approach to tackling obesity compared to seeking to fix eating habits at a later stage."

Athough, most Australian parents want to provide nutritious meals for their children, it is difficult to plan and execute within their fast-paced lifestyle.

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Meet Kat. Co-founder


Kat Wieczorek-Ghisso is a thought leader in the early childhood industry and she is the Co-Founder of Paisley Park Early Learning Centres. She noted meals given to children in long day care account for up to 67% of their daily nutritional requirements and she decided to bridge the gap between the nutritional expertise and the day-to-day operating practices of early childhood education centres.

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Forefront collaboration to tackle childhood obesity: Paisley Park and chef extraordinaire Miguel Maestre


In an Australian first, Paisley Park Early Learning Centre has teamed up with celebrity chef Miguel Maestre (host of Channel Ten's The Living Room) to ensure nutritional restaurant quality meals are served at their 20 centres nationally. Together, Miguel and Paisley Park are hoping to lead the fight against childhood obesity in Australia and instil healthy eating habits in children, family friendly dinner table etiquette and inspire a love of cooking.

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At Paisley Park learning has no limit


As a result of the partnership, Paisley Park's new flagship centre in Randwick was launched last week. It was once a bowling alley, but it has been transformed into a magical learning environment, providing care and education for 150 children from six weeks of age.

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Children are nurtured to explore and achieve here


The centre is designed around a play-based, experiential learning curriculum with an onsite kabana-style open-air kitchen, campground, full-size rock-climbing wall, mud pit, fish ponds, veggie gardens and discovery nature trails.

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Masterchef cook station


We were invited to join International Chef Miguel Maestre for a fun and informative cooking masterclass at Paisley Park Centre in Randwick.

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Children are given the opportunity to be in the moment while immersed in meaningful experiences that engage their curious mind


From the entry, right through to each specific educational area, everything (and I mean everything) is well thought out and planned. The beautifully crafted wood furnishings and lively green plants immediately gave us a feeling of nature and warmth. The large open play areas looked inviting with various playful equipment. Even as adults, we wanted to join and play!

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mini beetroot & zucchini burger


Both Kat and Miguel were there to greet the guests. We sampled some of Miguel's seasonal menus, such as Miguel's lamb gozleme, apple and buckwheat pikelets with chia jam and mint ricotta, broccoli, spinach & apple muffin and mini beetroot & zucchini burger!

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Miguel's lamb gozleme


These wholesome signature snacks looked fun, appealing and tasted delicious. There were a lot of new ideas and techniques involved.

Kat explained Paisley Park's mission."Children are remarkably inquisitive so at Paisley Park Early Learning Centres we engage them early, in a fun and practical way. We engage them in concepts relating to health and well-being, sustainability and the entire cooking process from garden to plate. The physical wellbeing of children is a key focus across all our centres, with the belief that healthy eating is at the heart of this."

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Implementing revolutionary approach to teaching children healthy eating habits and creating positive relationships with food from an early age.


We were blown away by her vision, her drive, and her innovative approach to tackle Australia's childhood obesity problem through their 20 centres in NSW, VIC, QLD and TAS.

It is inspiring when you see quality education, passion and positive collaborations come to together.

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Early learning should be an extension of home


Kat personally took us on a tour of the centre. The colours, flooring and all the intricate interior details were carefully thought of to bring a calming environment for the little ones. The layout is carefully designed with each room and educational area in mind, flowing naturally from room to room (we all loved the kids' toilet area!).

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Active exploration activities


Educational areas are planned in specific themes making this centre a fun and playful environment.

With Miguel's Special Sangria in hand, we walked through the rooms which lead out to a number of outdoor play areas that made the inner child in me want to come out and play!

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The fun part! Making zucchini spaghetti


The tour ended at the perfect time as Miguel and the in-house chef were ready to give us a cooking demonstration in the on-site commercial kitchen.

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Learn to become


The gourmet dish of the night was Zucchini pasta with chicken, chorizo and cherry tomatoes. (See link for recipe).

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Our cooking station!


Miguel highlighted the importance of good, healthy eating habits in early children's development through the engaging learning experience and cooking masterclass. There were a lot of laughs, fun and it was an interactive cooking experience.

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Our creation - Zucchini pasta with chicken, chroizo, cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs from the garden.


After we prepared the food, we all sat down together to enjoy our dinner. Sit-down meal times are extremely important to bond social relationships.

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Meal times are a social experience


Health eating is more than just the food you eat, it's truly about education and through these interactive activities, children are given the opportunity to taste new flavours as well as be a part of the cooking process.

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Good food is central to everyone's development


Paisley Park Randwick is located at Level 1, 130 Belmore Road, Randwick. This early learning centre provides:

Capacity for 150 children from age 6 weeks to 5 years.
Opening time from 6.30am to 6.30pm.
Convenient on-site parking so parents can enjoy efficient drop-off and pick-up.
Homelike environment where children are encouraged to explore comfortably in familiar surroundings
Daily rate (all inclusive): Under 3 is $165 and over 3 is $150
Limited enrolments are available.

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Thank you for the Invite.


Whilst the centre itself is pretty special, there is so much more to this child care service. Their approach to food education and passion for the development of children really shines through.

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Why? Innovative child care centre to encourage healthy eating habits
When: Mon- Fri 6.30am - 6.30pm
Phone: 1800 724 753
Where: Level 1/130 Belmore Rd, Randwick NSW 2031
Cost: Daily rate (all inclusive): Under 3 is $165 and over 3 is $150
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