Category Archives: Child & Family Psychology

School Ready Toolkit

Your children are at home. Perhaps preschool is closed for a while – and there’s only so many repeats of Peppa Pig that you can bear!

You’re committed to ensuring that your children develop all of the positive skills they need to have a happy, healthy, confident start to primary school – but you’re not a teacher!

Kids First’s revolutionary School Ready Toolkit is the answer for all parents who are looking for a ‘whole child’ approach to preparing their precious children for school.

Developed by best-selling author, teacher and parenting educator, Sonja Walker and Kids First’s team of early educators, child psychologists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists, your child’s School Ready Toolkit will contain everything they (and you!) need to learn, practice and master vital school readiness skills that will set them up to thrive and not just cope.

The School Ready Toolkit includes:

  • Hundreds of fun activities designed by health and education professionals to help your child build foundation social, emotional. communication and motor-coordination skills in time for school
  • Helpful video guides that parents and carers can use to upskill themselves and grow their own knowledge of child development and behaviour
  • An exciting kit full of practical tools that will arrive in the post for your child to use and enjoy

No matter where your family lives, the School Ready Toolkit will bring the best of Kids First’s professional guidance right to your door.

Available in April 2020 … Contact us using the form below if you would like to receive information about Pre-Launch offers.

School Ready Toolkit

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Brando – Therapy Dog

Brando – Therapy Dog

Brando is the canine companion of Kids First dietitian, Lauren Hogg. As cute and friendly as he looks, Brando also plays an important clinical role because together with his ‘boss’, Lauren, he helps children to build trust, self-esteem and the courage to talk about tough topics, such as their worries about food. Brando is a… Continue Reading

8 things your child’s preschool teachers want you to know

It’s a new preschool year and you’re hoping it will be the best one yet for your child. Kids First’s Early Learning Support Specialist, Kirsty Gale, shares eight tips for getting your little one’s first days of kindy or daycare off to a great start. 1. Goodbye tears usually don’t last for long Many children… Continue Reading

Cleo Eshun-Wilson – Psychologist

Cleo Eshun-Wilson – Psychologist

Cleo ran a successful psychology practice in Hervey Bay for more than a decade before relocating to Sydney to join the Kids First team. She has supported children of all ages and their families and as a highly qualified Educational Psychologist, she is uniquely positioned to provide advice and guidance to families about children’s learning… Continue Reading

The Australian bushfire crisis: How your kids can help

Australia’s bushfires have brought unprecedented loss, fear and sadness to our nation and as ‘city slickers’ it’s hard not to feel guilty as our country cousins struggle with drought, fire and untold tragedy. All is not lost, however, because the spirit of Aussie mateship is alive and well – and it is something we can… Continue Reading

Sibling Rivalry: Psychologist shares school holiday survival tips

A psychologists who works with children in Sydney’s northern beaches says that while it is normal for children to occasionally become bored with one another, time spent with siblings is an important part of building family relationships and teaching kids to co-operate, respect and compromise with others. Brothers and sisters can be great friends and… Continue Reading

Health funds: Use it or lose it

If you have extras health insurance, getting value out of your membership is probably a high priority for you and your family. Many families invest in ‘extras’ cover to protect themselves against the costs of health services that can unexpectedly blow the family budget. However, it’s important to know that most health insurance funds reset… Continue Reading

Parent resources: How Manage Mean Kids and Playground Politics

It can be difficult to help your child to develop the social skills and resilience they need to cope with playground politics. As an adult, understanding how these skills develop in children may be helpful start as you parent your child. Equally, resources that you can use with your child to build their understanding of… Continue Reading

Free parent event: How to manage mean kids and playground politics 

Is making and keeping friends a minefield for your child? Does your child struggle because of: Conflict with other kids? ‘Best friend’ issues? Social isolation? Difficulties with joining a game or fitting in? Exclusion from groups? Don’t miss this valuable free presentation by experienced Psychologist Louella Covich. At this important parent seminar, Louella will explain… Continue Reading