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How to help your child make a successful start to school


Kids FIrst Children's Services in Sydney's northern beaches is presenting a free school readiness seminar for parents of children starting school in 2018

Is your child ready to make a happy, confident start to ‘big school’ next year?

Going to school is a big step for little kids, and there are many skills that they need to have mastered in order to make the best possible start to Kindergarten.

Although your son or daughter may be old enough to begin school in 2019, you might be wondering whether he or she is really ready to cope with the demands of formal schools next year.

On Tuesday July 31, you’ll meet 3 professionals who work closely with families to support children’s learning, development and school readiness.

With valuable information, tips and take home resources to share, they’ll explain what your child needs to know and do before school begins.

Our presenters (see below) will empower you so that you can make informed decisions about your child’s future.


Sonja Walker
Teacher,  Author & Kids First Director

Sonja is a sought after school readiness specialist who is well known for her commonsense approach to supporting children as they transition to school. The author of new book, School Ready: A practical and supportive guide for parents with sensitive kids, Sonja is an engaging speaker. At this free event, you’ll benefit from her 30 years of experience supporting children, parents and families as she shares ‘insider secrets’ to help you and your child make a confident start to school.


Michael Gamble is a Speech Pathologist at Kids First Children's Servces in Sydney's northern beachesMichael Gamble
Speech Pathologist

Your child’s communication skills will form the foundation of their social and academic success at ‘big school’. Speech Pathologist Michael Gamble knows exactly how to help children learn to speak, listen and learn with confidence. At this seminar, Michael will give you lots of strategies that you can use at home to build your child’s skills so that reading and writing will come easily to them when school starts next year.


Chloe Clark is an occupational therapist who works with children at Kids FirstChloe Clark 
Occupational Therapist

Chloe is not only an energetic and innovative OT, but she has also worked in primary schools. Her unique combination of school readiness knowledge and clinical skills mean that she has a wealth of advice to share as your child gets ready to start school. At this event, Chloe will provide you with practical ideas to use at home so that you can prepare your child for success in the classroom and playground.


Who is this event for?

How to help your child make a successful start to school is relevant for parents of children aged 4 – 5. Early educators, preschool staff, teachers and other professionals who work with young children are also most welcome to attend.

Download a printable flyer here to share on the notice board at your child's playgroup, preschool or school


Event Details

Date:        31 July 2018
Time:        7.00pm to 9.00pm
Venue:     The Chairman’s Lounge, Brookvale Oval

The Chairman’s Lounge is located in the Ken Arthurson stand on the first floor of the Brookvale Oval stadium complex. Entry is via the stairs near the main gate located on Alfred Street, Brookvale. Parking is available in the Brookvale Oval complex and in neighbouring streets.

Your respect for our cancellation policy (detailed below) is appreciated



This free Kids First’s Community Service Seminar is one of the most popular events in our annual calendar.

Therefore, parents and educators who reside in Sydney’s northern beaches will receive priority ticket allocations until 3.00pm Friday, 27 July.

Free places will be reserved on a first-come, first served basis and bookings are essential.

If you do not live locally, your name will be placed on our wait-list and when the priority booking period ends, offers to you and other out-of-area guests will be made in order of receipt.

This will be the only presentation of this seminar for 2018.


Cancellation Policy

If you book a place and fail to attend this event, another family may miss out on the opportunity to participate. Should your plans change, please inform us of your change of circumstances at least 24 hours prior to the event. Kids First reserves the right to wait-list guests who have held bookings for free Community Service Seminars in the past and have, without notice, failed to attend.

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