Handwriting help for northern beaches children.

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These days, most classroom teachers can’t spend as much time as they’d like helping kids with their handwriting. It’s not their fault. It’s just the way the curriculum is.

Luckily for kids in Sydney’s northern beaches, we have a team of experienced Occupational Therapists who have helped hundreds of children to improve their handwriting.


Many children need explicit instruction to achieve legible and fluent handwriting, and that’s where our innovative WRITE AWAY handwriting groups can help.

Our OTs can show your primary schooler how to develop handwriting speed and legibility. Not only will their written work reflect their true academic ability, but they will have fun along the way.

At WRITE AWAY, your child will be given support to:

Perfect their pencil grip
Master letter formations
Learn to space words and letters properly
Improve coordination
Sit straight and strong so they can focus and learn
Build finger strength and dexterity

Bringing fun back into handwriting.

WRITE AWAY is a creative, small group program led by Kids First’s experienced paediatric Occupational Therapists.

In a WRITE AWAY group of no more than four children, your child will improve their fine motor skills and learn to write more neatly.

But before you assume that WRITE AWAY is full of boring pencil grip practice, think again!


Our dynamic, playful OTs know how to engage kids in their learning.

At WRITE AWAY, your child will enjoy games, physical challenges, and activities that are so much fun, they won’t even realise they’re learning.

Is a WRITE AWAY group right for your child?

Poor handwriting can be the result of several underlying issues.
That’s why we take you through our 4-step process to ensure that you can make an informed choice about this program's suitability for your child.


If you’re interested in WRITE AWAY for your child and you are not an existing Kids First client, your child will first attend a consultation with one of our Occupational Therapists to participate in a fine motor skills screening session.


You’ll be given a chance to share your child’s fine motor skills challenges in a confidential setting to show us the ‘big picture’ of how your child is getting on at home and school.


We’ll learn more about how handwriting and fine motor coordination issues are affecting your child and the impact it’s having on their confidence and learning.


Our Occupational Therapist will give you professional advice for your child, telling you ethically whether joining a WRITE AWAY group is a great option, or if an alternative approach might be better for your child right now.

WRITE AWAY group timetable 2022

WRITE AWAY handwriting groups take place at Kids First Children’s Services in Brookvale in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. In Term 2 2022, WRITE AWAY will be offered to children in Year 1 and Year 2. Each series of WRITE AWAY runs for one school term and your child is welcome to participate in more than one series, as the activities vary from group to group. Capacity is limited to 4 children in each group, so we strongly recommend booking early.

Timetable for Term 2 in 2022:

4:00 pm
Students in Years 1 & 2

Eligibility for Medicare and NDIS

Our WRITE AWAY groups are led by qualified Occupational Therapists who have extensive experience supporting children with handwriting needs.

Children with an NDIS plan may use their NDIS funding for this program; however, please note that our WRITE AWAY program is not eligible for Medicare plan rebates.

Please check with your private health fund to determine if your policy covers small group occupational therapy programs.

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