Cool Kids: Anxiety prevention & resilience program for children

Kids First Children’s Services, which is located in Brookvale in Sydney’s northern beaches, offers junior COOL KIDS groups for children in Years 2 to 4 and intermediate COOL KIDS groups for children in Years 5 and 6. 

A maximum of 6 children is accepted for each group and this popular program books out quickly.

 


COOL KIDS helps anxious children in Sydney’s northern beaches to overcome their fears. 

Developed by the world renowned Centre for Emotional Health at Sydney’s Macquarie University, COOL KIDS is an evidence-based program that offers proven anxiety-prevention and resilience support strategies to children and their families.

COOL KIDS teaches children easy, practical and long-lasting strategies to help overcome anxiety and provides families with information, ideas and resources to support their child.

Cool Kids- Anxiety prevention and resilience program for children in Sydney's nothern beaches

What is Cool Kids?

COOL KIDS is an early intervention and anxiety prevention program that helps anxious children and their families build effective strategies to deal with worry, stress, and change.

COOL KIDS supports primary school-aged children in Year 2 to Year 6 who need practical help to develop better self-esteem, problem-solving, self-expression and relationships with peers and adults.

In 10 weekly sessions, small groups of children are guided toward a more confident future by a Kids First Child and Family Clinician who has extensive experience in supporting anxious kids.

Cool Kids Kids helps anxious children in Years 2 to 6 who…

  • Are often overcome with fear and worry, even in familiar situations
  • Struggle with change
  • Have panic attacks
  • Have low self-esteem
  • Experience levels of stress that prevent the enjoyment of everyday activities
  • Have other difficulties related to confidence …

Supporting anxious children is important because …

Anxiety is Australia’s most common form of psychological disorder, affecting up to 20% of children and teenagers.

If a child’s anxiety is not addressed, it can significantly interfere with development and learning.

Anxiety can also lead to serious problems in later life, such as social isolation, underachievement and depression.

COOL KIDS is a fantastic way for your child to learn that he or she is not alone.

Coo Kids at Kids First Children's Services

When can my child come to Cool Kids?

Kids First Children’s Services, which is located in Brookvale in Sydney’s northern beaches, offers junior COOL KIDS groups for children in Years 2 to 4 and intermediate COOL KIDS groups for children in Years 5 and 6. 

In Term 3, 2021, COOL KIDS groups are offered at the following times:

  • Monday 3.30pm
    • Primary school students in Years 2 to 4
        
  • Tuesday 3.30pm
    • Primary school students in Years 5 to 6  

  • Saturday 12.45pm
    • Primary school students in Years 2 to 4  

This fun, encouraging program runs for 10 weeks and is offered each term.

A maximum of 6 children is accepted for each group and this popular program books out quickly.

Do Health fund and Medicare rebates apply to Cool Kids @ Kids First?

No. Kids First’s COOL KIDS groups are led by our Child and Family Clinicians. These AHPRA accredited provisional psychologists are in the final stage of their registration internship and while they have extensive backgrounds in children’s health, development, and education, they are not yet registered with Medicare.

Children with NDIS funding may be used for this program however, please note that Kids First’s COOL KIDS program does not cater specifically to children with disabilities and that our SOCIAL SKILLS for kids with unique needs may be a more appropriate clinical option for your child.

Find out more about Kids First’s SOCIAL SKILLS groups for children aged 4 to 12 here

Important information for parents, teachers and school counsellors

Every anxious child has different needs… and sometimes, a small group experience might not be the best clinical option for your child right now.

That’s why, if you are a parent of an anxious child who is interested in COOL KIDS, we require you to attend a preliminary session with one of our Child and Family Clinicians prior to the start of the program.

Why do parents/carers need to meet the clinician first?

It’s important that you have the chance to share your child’s struggles in a private and confidential setting before we meet your child.

You are in a unique position… you can give us the ‘big picture’ about how your child is faring at home and school.

You can tell us what your child enjoys and is good at.

You can also tell us what your child is worried about and how these worries are impacting on your child’s happiness, learning, friendships and participation in things that other kids their age typically enjoy.

We want your child to have the best possible chance of success… and knowing as much as possible about your child’s challenges will help you, with the help of our child psychologist, to make informed decisions.

If, together, you decide that small group support might not be the best choice right now, that’s okay!

Our Child and Family Clinician will suggest other appropriate, professional, and personal alternatives that will be the best fit for your family.

Find out more

We welcome your inquiry and would be happy to arrange an appointment so that you can discuss your anxious child’s needs and potential enrolment in this excellent program.

Please phone Kids First Children’s Services’ Brookvale centre on (02) 9938 5419 or make an online inquiry here.