Category Archives: Speech therapy

Free seminar: How to support your bilingual child

Free parent seminar - How to Help Your bilingual Child Get the Best Start - Kids First Children's Services

Bilingual children have unique language and learning skills

As the parent or preschool teacher of bilingual children, your desire to help the kids in your care make the best possible start is natural…but how can you achieve this?

15% of Australian children live in homes where languages other than English are spoken.

It’s important for families and educators to know how to support their bilingual children, and it’s vital that you know how to separate ‘fact’ from ‘fiction’ when it comes to children who speak more than one language!

Join us for Kids First Children’s Services’ next free Community Service Seminar – a two hour evening event that will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to help your bilingual child enjoy social and learning success.

Presenter:

Speech pathologist Odile Lassemillante supports children at Kids First in Sydney's northern beaches

Odile Lassemillante has a special professional interest in supporting bilingual children. Odile speaks several languages and has worked extensively with bilingual children aged 0-6 in Australia and overseas.

At this exceptionally valuable event, Odile will explain the unique ways in which bilingual children learn and how parents and teachers can help them to benefit from the learning advantages that speaking more than one language bring.

Odile will address the questions that bilingual families have about raising their child in an English speaking community and share practical tips to help your child learn, make friends and succeed at home, preschool and school.

Every seminar guest will also receive a set of excellent free resources to take home.

Who is this event for?

How to Support Your Bilingual Child’s Learning and Language is best suited to parents and carers of children aged 0-6. Early educators, preschool staff, teachers and other professionals who work with young children are also most welcome to attend.

Event Details

Date:        Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Time:        7.00pm to 9.00pm
Venue:      The Chairman’s Club, Brookvale Oval

The Chairman’s Clubis 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.

Bookings

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 2019.

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.

Book your ticket for this Kids First Community Service Seminar here

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