Category Archives: Early Intervention

Happy Kids Happy Families: Helpful books for parents and teachers

The environment in which you raise your children will be the foundation of their lives.

While no family is perfect, the values you have, models you set and strategies you use at home will be key factors in setting your children up for happy, healthy and resilient futures.

We hope that these resources, compiled by the team at Kids First Children’s Services, will prove helpful for you now and in the years to come.

Resources for parents and teachers to help build kids' resilience from the Kids First Children's Services' team in Sydney's northern beaches

Books for parents

Resources to help your children become more resilient

Books for children

  • Big life Journal for Kids Aged 7 -10
  •  Big life Journal for Teens (ages 11+)
  • The Everyday Resilience Journal: A pre-teens guide to friendships, schoolwork and growing up! By Michelle Mitchell
The Kids First team helps children to learn how to be more resilient

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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

Bilingual Children: 9 helpful answers to common questions

If your child is one of the more than 15% of Aussie kids who speaks a second (or even third!) language, you may have questions about your child’s speech and language development. These answers from speech pathologists at Kids First Children’s Services offer helpful advice for parents and educators. 1. Is it true that all… Continue Reading

School Readiness: What to look for when you visit a school

Choosing a school is a huge decision that many parents agonize over for years before their child’s primary school education begins. In this excerpt from her best-selling book, SCHOOL READY: A practical and supportive guide for parents with sensitive kids, teacher and Kids First founder Sonja Walker shares tips to help you make the most… Continue Reading

How to help your child make a successful start to school

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… Continue Reading

How your child’s sensory system sets them up for life

As human beings, we learn ‘from the bottom up’… In other words, as babies and small children, our development begins with physical and sensory skills that we master, one by one, step by step. Our 7 senses are our foundation stones, and even before we are born these senses are busy working and integrating. Over time,… Continue Reading

Sensory Processing for Kids: A guide for parents

Kids need good sensory processing skills in order to learn and behave well. This easy to read article from children’s occupational therapists in Sydney’s northern beaches is a helpful guide for parents and teachers. Your child’s body is like a car engine, sometimes it runs on high, sometimes it runs on low, and sometimes it… Continue Reading

Kids’ Speech: How to tell if your child’s speech and language development is on track

How can you tell if your child is a late bloomer or has a language delay? Northern beaches speech therapists share important information for parents of children aged 0-5. Parents often compare their child’s development to those of preschool playmates, friends’ children or even older siblings. Although the stages of development that children go through… Continue Reading

5 signs that your toddler needs to see a speech therapist

Worried about the way your 2-3 year old speaks? This parent-friendly guide gives the 5 most common signs that your child might need the support of a speech therapist. This professional advice is given by children’s Speech Pathologists from Kids First Children’s Services in Sydney’s northern beaches. Toddlers often mispronounce words and have trouble putting… Continue Reading

Sensitive kids: How to have a successful parent-teacher meeting

I once taught a student whose anxious mum was always keen to speak with me. I understood that her earnest pursuit of my attention was simply an attempt to ensure the best for her sensitive only child and did my best to respond positively to her frequent emails, phone calls and unannounced after class visits.… Continue Reading