Category Archives: Speech therapy

Kids First in the Community

Kids First - Mobile speech and occupational therapy

At Kids First, we are all about helping kids to thrive and not just ‘cope’.

That’s why we are excited to announce ‘Kids First in the Community’, our new program supporting children and educators in schools and preschools.

From January 2019, in addition to our ‘Kids First in the Clinic’ services, Kids First’s speech pathologists and occupational therapists will be available to deliver individual therapy and small group programs in northern beaches schools and preschools.

We will be supporting some children in their homes too!

Professional support for busy parents and professionals

We understand that parents and carers are busy.

We also know that educators are keen to partner with families and other professionals so that children can reach their best potential.

‘Kids First in the Community’ will enable us all to work together in a positive way to enhance kids’ lives.

Make Kids First part of your community

We’d love to share our expertise in every school and early childhood setting in Sydney’s northern beaches – but there’s only so many days in the week and ‘Kids First in the Community’ is already proving to be a popular program.

If you would like ‘Kids First in the Community’ services to be available in your preschool, early childhood education centre or primary school in 2019, contact Kids First Children’s Services on (02) 9938 5419 or by email on so that we can set up a time to chat.


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