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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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Kirsty Gale - Early Learning Support Specialist

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