Category Archives: School readiness

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.

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School Ready Toolkit

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8 things your child’s preschool teachers want you to know

It’s a new preschool year and you’re hoping it will be the best one yet for your child. Kids First’s Early Learning Support Specialist, Kirsty Gale, shares eight tips for getting your little one’s first days of kindy or daycare off to a great start. 1. Goodbye tears usually don’t last for long Many children… Continue Reading

Morgan Webster – Occupational Therapist

Morgan Webster – Occupational Therapist

Morgan has a Masters’ degree in Occupational Therapy and more than a decade’s experience as an OT. A long-standing member of the Kids First team and the busy mum of two active girls, she has a unique understanding of the challenges that many children and families face. Throughout her career, Morgan has worked extensively in… 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