Category Archives: Early Intervention

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.

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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

Morgan Webster – Occupational Therapist

Morgan Webster – Occupational Therapist

Morgan has a Masters’ degree in Occupational Therapy and more than a decade’s experience as an OT. A long-standing member of the Kids First team and the busy mum of two active girls, she has a unique understanding of the challenges that many children and families face. Throughout her career, Morgan has worked extensively in… Continue Reading

Free seminar: How to support your bilingual child

Bilingual children have unique language and learning skills As the parent or preschool teacher of bilingual children, your desire to help the kids in your care make the best possible start is natural…but how can you achieve this? 15% of Australian children live in homes where languages other than English are spoken. It’s important for… Continue Reading

Rhiannan Close – Occupational Therapist

Rhiannan Close – Occupational Therapist

Originally from Western Australia, Rhiannan attended Curtin University where she completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy – Honours). She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with additional needs and prior to joining the Kids First team, worked for the Autism Association of WA for several years. Rhiannan’s work in paediatric private… 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

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Kirsty Gale - Early Learning Support Specialist

Kirsty Gale – Early Learning Support Specialist

Kirsty’s 20 year teaching career has been dedicated to helping children meet their full potential and providing parents and educators with practical strategies that improve children’s learning, social and emotional futures. With a Masters’ Degree in Special Education, Kirsty’s post-graduate training in supporting children and families with unique needs means that she is a respected… Continue Reading