10 Ways to support your sensitive, anxious child

  Does your little person seem to struggle with physical sensations like seams and tags?  Do they feel and express big feelings?  Maybe they ask you lots of questions about what is coming up that day?  Combined with anxiety, the anxious highly sensitive child may find the world a big, scary and overwhelming place. This […]

10 things your child’s teacher wants you to know

  “What is the one thing you’d like parents to know as their children join your class this year?” This was the question we recently asked some local teachers as they prepared for the school year ahead. Each of these experienced educators had a different perspective, but all agreed that you play a huge role […]

Does NAPLAN really matter?

To test or not to test…that is the question! NAPLAN is perhaps one of the most hotly debated topics in Australian education. Many parents and teachers firmly believe that it’s important to monitor children’s basic literacy and numeracy skills with a national testing program that shows where kids and schools are at. Others say that […]

Is My Pre-Schooler Gifted?

  Do you think that your bright, curious, highly verbal and capable pre-schooler could be gifted? Kids First psychologist, Kim Shortridge, has years of experience testing and identifying children who are gifted and says that many parents what to know about their 4 or 5 year old’s talents so that they can make appropriate school […]

How to teach your kids to share

  Sharing is a concept that many young children find difficult to master, and it’s especially tough for children aged under 6. This is because, developmentally, children aged under 6 are usually still concrete learners who find abstract ideas tricky to understand. While an ideal world would be one in which all children played happily […]

Helping Your Autistic Child Learn to Make Friends

  As a parent it is normal to worry about your child’s development and whether they are progressing toward a happy and functional adulthood. If your child is on the autism spectrum, you know that he may have a few more hurdles to get past than other children. One of the biggest difficulties facing children […]

Literacy Readiness for Kindergarten

  It’s an exciting time. Your child is growing up and will soon be entering kindergarten. You are looking forward to watching them learn, but you have a little trepidation. You wonder if they have all the skills they need to be successful beginning readers. Is there anything that you can do to help them succeed? Yes! […]

Top tips for your child’s first day at school

  The first day of school is one that you and your child have possibly been looking forward to for a long time. But starting school isn’t always as easy as it may seem, so here are some top tips from teachers to help you and your child make a happy and memorable start to […]