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Shortlisted – Australian Publishers Awards 2015

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Australian Publishers Awards 2015! - Social & Emotional Learning Program

We are excited to announce that our Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) program, The Best of Friends, has been shortlisted for the Australian Publishers Awards 2015! The shortlist is selected by a panel of more than 10 publishing industry professionals.This distinguished panel has agreed that our work deserves special recognition.

Last year we took the trophy home with the Power Up program and are looking forward to the award night again with anticipation.

We were selected amongst  Australia’s major publishers such as Pearson, Macmillan, Pascal Press, Oxford Press making this position in the shortlist a major achievement and a fantastic reward for our work and dedication over the past years of creating beautiful educational resource.

The awards are held by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), the peak national body responsible for representing the Australian publishing industry and for promoting the importance of the published word to the educational, social, cultural and intellectual life of Australia. Awards will be presented in the primary school, secondary school, TAFE & vocational and tertiary education categories as well as to the Primary and Secondary School Publisher of the Year.

For more information about The Best of Friends, visit http://bof.quirkykid.com.au or download a flyer

The event night is scheduled for:

17th September 2015, 5:00pm
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
We hope to see you there.

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Child Psychologist Position Available

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

New Position for a Child Psychologist Available

Quirky Kid has a new position for a child psychologist to work in our Sydney and Wollongong clinics. We are an expanding child psychology clinic and publishing company. Your role will be to provide therapeutic intervention and assessments to young people and their families. Further, you will assist us in launching our new school-based programs for the educational market. This position can be a  part-time or full-time role.

Download the info pack here.

You might be a fit if:

  • You can demonstrate exceptional experience and qualifications in working therapeutically with children, adolescents and families.
  • You care about empowering children, and have a strong track record of delivering your interventions effectively and creatively.
  • You’re entrepreneurial, independent, and you love to help organisations grow.
  • You are warm and outgoing. You love bringing people and teams together. You are great at communicating with customers and colleagues.
  • You show a keen interest and knowledge of psychometric tests and assessments.
  • You have experience with therapeutic program design, evaluation and monitoring.
  • You have passion and experience in networking, especially with schools.

Nice to haves:

  • Clinical or Educational and Developmental Endorsement with the Board.
  • Registered supervisor with the Board.
  • APS Member.

Apply

Address your CV and cover letter to: Dr. Kimberley O’Brien Email: support@quirkykid.com.au Phone: 02 9362 9297

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Updated Website

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

New and Updated Parenting Website

Great news for our mobile users! Now the Quirky Kid website is responsive and mobile friendly.  Over the last 12 months the number of mobile users visiting our site has increased. More and more parents were starting to look for parenting tips and read our articles using their mobile devices.

The process to make this theme responsive was not that simple and took some focus and diligence from us since we have a large database. The down time was minimum and we have ensured nearly no disruption to our visitors

What’s New

We took the change to update our home page to make it easier to see our most recent content, register for our workshops and programs and book appointments with our team.

The widget section (or the side bar) of the site has also received some attention and we have added more elements like a search box. You can find the search box at the very end of the the widget section on most pages.

Let us know what you think about your experience navigating our website.

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Real Needs Community Grants

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Real Insurance and Real Needs Community Grants

The Quirky Kid clinic and our Principal Child Psychologists Kimberley O’Brien are proud to partner with Real Insurance and the Real Needs program as the Judges for grants of  totalling 1 Million for non-for-profit projects. 

Kimberley O’Brien said, “Early support for children, whether physical or mental, is crucial for their development as they mature and become a more active part of our society. The effects of neglecting the needs of our youth, if not addressed, will have a profound effect on Australia’s social and economic well-being through the current century.

“There should never be barriers to children receiving the essential services that many of these charities provide. It’s great to see a company like Real Insurance connecting with the community in this way and making a real difference to the lives of Australian children in need.”

The Real Needs Program launches in April 2015, with grants of differing values of $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 available. These grants will be awarded to Not-For-Profit organisations who demonstrate innovative approaches for how the funding will be used to support youth programs. Real Insurance staff will also have the opportunity to vote for their preferred charity to receive a monthly $5,000 ‘Staff Choice’ grant.

The program comes as a result from a New research, commissioned by Real Insurance, that reveals that Aussies mistakenly consider themselves to be among the best globally at caring for the community. Over half of the country (57%) believes that Australia is well above average when it comes to looking after disadvantaged people in the community, however, over three quarters (77%) underestimate the number of children in need requiring welfare in Australia, according to Galaxy research commissioned by Real Insurance.

The findings reveal the most concerning societal issues affecting children that trouble the community. These range from concerns about homelessness amongst children (48%) and children affected by domestic violence (76%), to excessive use of mobile phones and the internet by children (51%).

The research also showed that over three quarters (76%) of Australians believe there should be more support for children in key areas such as providing increased educational support (77%), counselling (56%), health care (54%) and food services (45%).

In the interest of giving back to the community, Real Insurance is today launching its new grants program, Real Needs, to help support children in need across Australia. With $1 million being put towards this initiative, Real Needs is encouraging Not-For-Profit organisations working with children in need to apply for charitable funding which will enable them to address the growing issues faced by Australia’s youth.

To be eligible for a Real Needs 2015 grant, Not-for-Profit organisations must support children up to the age of 18 years and be a registered charity, community group or service, sporting club or hospital community program.

Apply

To find out more or apply for a grant from Real Needs, please visit http://realneeds.realinsurance.com.au or contact contact@realneeds.com.au.

About Real Needs

Real Needs is a community grants program launched by Real Insurance. It encourages Not-For-Profit organisations working with children to apply for charitable funding, which will enable them to further aid youth in need. Real Needs aims to make a positive difference by providing charities with grants that assist them to manage programs that help children in need across Australia.

About Real Insurance

Real Insurance entered the Australian market in 2005 with a goal to protect the quality of people’s lives and to make insurance simple and easy to understand. We’ve held to this promise with a range of real, value-for-money insurance products, including life, home, car, pet, funeral and income insurance, as well as staff that provide real, high quality service for our customers. In addition to our quality products, we now believe our real point of difference is our commitment to Australian families and our pledge to protect their wellbeing, as well as the assets and financial security they have worked hard to create.

About Quirky Kid

The Quirky Kid Clinic is Australia’s leading Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Clinic based in Sydney and Wollongong (Austinmer). Our experienced team of educational and developmental psychologists, social developers and youth mentors are motivated and inspired by our daily interactions with children, adolescents and families.

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We’re headed to Canada

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

British Colombia Alternative Education Program Conference

The Quirky Kid team is heading to Canada in February 2015.
We will be presenting during British Colombia Alternative Education Program (BCAEA) conference. The British Columbia Alternate Education Association is a Provincial Specialist Association (PSA) of the BC Teacher’s Federation.

Alternate (or Alternative) Education programs exist in many varieties. At its simplest, Alternate Education attempts to help at-risk youth, who, because of a variety of factors, are unsuccessful in the main stream. Problems experienced by these students may include a wide range of social and emotional difficulties, drug issues, trouble with the law, teenage parenthood, and a whole host of others. What these students share in common is an inability to progress satisfactorily in the regular system.

You can find our more and register here: http://www.bctf.ca/bcaea/conference.html

 

Other Workshops

Between 16 and 18 of February 2015 we will also facilitate several workshops with the support of Richmond Addiction Services, our partier organisation in Canada responsible to promoting and reselling our programs in Canada and USA. Dates and locations will soon be advertised. You can now register for:

 

 

 

To keep up to date please make sure to register to the mail-list below:

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