Category Archives: Early Intervention

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 2020, you might be wondering whether he or she is really ready to cope with the demands of formal schools next year.

On Tuesday June 4, you’ll meet a school readiness expert with years of experience supporting children’s learning and development.

With valuable information, tips and take home resources to share, teacher and best selling author, Sonja Walker, will explain what your child needs to know and do before school begins.

Join us so that you can make informed decisions about your child’s future.

Presenter:

Sonja Walker, teacher, author, speaker and founder of Kids First Children's ServicesSonja 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 best-selling book, School Ready: A practical and supportive guide for parents with sensitive kids, Sonja appears regularly in the media and 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.

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.

Event Details

Date:       Tuesday 4 June, 2019
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

Bookings

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

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

This will be the only presentation of this seminar for 2019.

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.

Book your ticket for this Kids First Community Service Seminar here

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