Fine Motor Skills support for northern beaches children.

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For children aged 4 -6, building the foundation for fine motor skills is an essential step towards becoming confident, capable kids.

Sometimes, children in the final year of preschool or first year of primary school need extra support to build the independence they need to thrive and not just cope at home and in their classroom.


Kids First’s Helping Hands Fine Motor Skills Program is tailored to meet the unique needs of children aged 4 to 6 who require help to become more confident and self-reliant.

Each week, members of our experienced Occupational Therapy team will empower your child to build the essential skills they need for self-care, early learning, and functional independence.

At Helping Hands, your child will be given support to:

Strengthen their hand and finger muscles
Practice their pincer grip
Improve their hand-eye coordination
Learn self-care skills
Sit straight and strong so they can listen and learn
Develop dexterity and precision

Bringing fun back into fine motor skills.

Helping Hands is a creative, small group program led by members of Kids First’s experienced paediatric Occupational Therapy team.

In a Helping Hands group of no more than five children, your child will improve their fine motor skills so that they can be more independent with daily tasks like:

  • Managing cutlery at mealtimes
  • Navigating buttons and zippers as they dress themselves
  • Holding and using a pencil, scissors and glue stick properly
  • Drawing and colouring with purpose and accuracy
  • Recognising and learning to write their own name


Our dynamic, playful OT team knows how to engage kids in their learning.

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

Is a Helping Hands group right for your child?

Poor Fine Motor Skills 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 Helping Hands 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, preschool or school.


We’ll learn more about how 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 Helping Hands group is a great option, or if an alternative approach might be better for your child right now.

Helping Hands Program Timetable

The Helping Hands Fine Motor Skills Program takes place at Kids First Children’s Services in Brookvale in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Helping Hands is for children aged 4 to 6 who are in the last year of preschool or the first year of primary school (Kindergarten)

Each series of Helping Hands runs for one school term. Your child is welcome to participate in more than one series, as the program activities vary each term.

This is a popular program that books out quickly. As capacity in each group is limited, we strongly recommend booking early.

Timetable for Term 1 2024:

3:45 pm
Children aged 4 -6

Eligibility for Medicare and NDIS

Children with a NDIS plan may use their NDIS funding for this program.

Please note that our Helping Hands program is not eligible for Medicare plan or private health fund rebates.

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