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Free event: How to build better behaviour with your preschooler


Is your child lovable, but challenging?

If your 3 to 6 year old’s tantrums, tears, dramas and downright defiance are driving you to despair, you are not alone!

Don’t miss this FREE night full of practical tips that will help you and your child to build better behaviour (and, even more importantly, a strong relationship that will survive the ups and downs of childhood)
Free seminar: How to build better behaviour with your child - Kids First Children's Services

Little kids, big feelings and even bigger behaviours

When emotion gets too much for children to handle, they sometimes experience behaviour & learning challenges.

Loving parents do their best to support their children, but even the most patient mums and dads can feel frustrated by their kids’ refusal to follow rules, temper tantrums and defiance.

If your 3-6 year old persistently pushes your buttons, don’t miss this free Kids First Community Service Seminar!

With a focus on providing practical solutions for common behaviour challenges, you’ll not only benefit from the commonsense advice of two authorities in children’s learning, behaviour and development, but you’ll learn some tried and true behaviour support strategies that work!


Sonja Walker - Teacher & Founder Kids First Children's ServicesSonja WalkerTeacher & Founder of Kids First

With more than 30 years’ experience working with children and parents, Kids First Children’s Services founder and experienced teacher Sonja Walker understands the pressures that families face as they raise children who have ‘big’ personalities. Sonja is an accredited facilitator of the world renowned 123 Magic behaviour management program, as well as a sought after speaker, author and media commentator. Throughout her career, Sonja has helped hundreds (perhaps thousands!) of families overcome the challenges presented by strong willed under 8’s.

Kim Shortridge - Psychologist at Kids First Children's Services in Sydney's northern beachesKim Shortridge – Psychologist

As a highly trained psychologist, Kim Shortridge understands how children learn and why they behave as they do. More importantly, though, Kim appreciates that kids don’t come with a rule book and dealing with a four year old’s feelings, frustrations and friendships can a challenging for their family. Kim is a certified facilitator in a number of well- known and respected group programs for adults and children, including Circle of Security, Triple P for Parenting, Cool Kids and Tuning in to Kids and her tips are not only practical, but based on the latest research into child development.

Want to build better behaviour with your child?

In this down-to-earth presentation, Sonja and Kim will help you to understand the things that overwhelm your kids and give you easy strategies for helping your children to behave better. You will leave with tips, techniques and tantrum-busting tactics that will help you and your family to enjoy calmer, happier relationships.

Who is this event for?

How to build better behaviour with your child is relevant for parents of children aged 3-6. Early educators, preschool staff and teachers 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:        Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Time:        7.30pm to 9.30pm
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


Free places at Kids First Community Service Seminars are reserved on a first-come, first served basis and due to the heavy expected demand for this event, bookings are essential.

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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