Category Archives: Education & Tuition

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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Happy Kids Happy Families: Tools to keep your kids safe online

Today’s children, whether we like it or not, are digital natives. Right now, and in the years to come, your children will be learning, interacting, and communicating in an online world.   As adults, we know that digital technology offers lots of positives to kids, however, just like in the face-to-face world, children need to… 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 occupational therapy can help your child overcome learning problems

Does your child mix up letters, confusing d and b, or p and q? Is your child inattentive and disorganized? Occupational Therapist, Morgan Webster, explains why your child might struggle and how supporting your child’s visual perception could be the key to success in the classroom. Your child’s learning skills are closely related to their… 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

Gentle School Readiness tips for parents with sensitive kids

‘Leo has a good heart and wants to be friends with everyone, but sometimes he doesn’t know when to stop. When he was diagnosed with ADHD last year, one teacher told me that she didn’t believe in the condition and that he just needed better parenting and more boundaries. I went home and cried.’ Jenny’s… Continue Reading

School Holiday Workshops – Ready, Set, School

    This January, help your child make a confident start to Kindergarten! Ready Set School combines the expertise of Kids First’s psychologists, teachers, speech pathologists and occupational therapists with the experience of best-selling author of SCHOOL READY: A practical and supportive guide for parents with sensitive kids, Sonja Walker. Give your son or daughter… Continue Reading

School readiness tip: Tell teachers what they need to know

  The line between your family’s privacy and the things schools need to know can sometimes be a fine one. Social stigma is a terrible thing, and if you and your child have been on the receiving end of others’ harsh judgements in the past, it’s understandable that trusting strangers with intensely personal information about… Continue Reading