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Basecamp is Highly Commended at the 25th EPAA

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Preparing Young People for Greatness

Last night Quirky Kid attended the 25th Educational Publishing Awards of Australia at the Melbourne Arts Centre. Organised by the Australian Publishers Association and sponsored by the Copyright Agency, the awards brought together more than 200 educators and publishers to celebrate some of Australia’s best educational materials for students across the country.

We are so proud to announce our innovative Anxiety program, Basecamp®, received Highly Commended mention under the ‘Primary Student Resource in the Arts/Science/Humanities/Social Sciences/Technologies/Health and Physical Education/Languages resources.

 

Basecamp was Highly Commended at the Educational Publishing Awards 2018

Basecamp® also won The Best Designed Educational Resource at the 66th Book Design Awards at the and the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2018

About the Award

The Awards recognise excellence and innovation within the educational publishing industry. Keynote speaker of the evening, Shelly Ware, a TV presenter and primary school teacher, noted that

“Good educational resources engage students. Teachers fully rely on them, and they are a part of the big picture to inspire students to have a lifelong passion to read and learn,”

and that as a teacher she looks for

“good quality, interesting, children-friendly texts – they’re vital for the classroom”.

Shelly’s speech was inspiring and a reminder about how important what we do is.

About the Quirky Kid

Quirky Kid is committed to producing evidence-based resources for children, designed to be bright, engaging, and child-centered. By continuing to develop these resources, we are able to assist children in their families in our clinics, their schools and their communities to the highest standard.

About Basecamp®

BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities.

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park. Children are invited on a journey to explore themed settings, team up with a support crew of experienced guides and interact with park animals, all intended to help them tackle the challenges of managing and overcoming anxiety.

  • Winner of the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards ( Educational Initiative Awards) and
  • Winner of The Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the 66th Australian Book Designer Awards this resource is accomplishing great outcomes.
  • BaseCamp® was also shortlisted for the second award in London – Educational Resources Awards.

Start Using BaseCamp® Today

If you are interested in BaseCamp® for your child, school or clinic, get in touch today.

Basecamp® is incredible. Every page was carefully designed to communicate with our users in a unique and interesting way. Navigating through the 182 pages of Basecamp is an adventure full of surprises.

Contact us Today to start using BaseCamp®.

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PhD Internship Opportunity with Quirky Kid Clinic

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Posted on by Freya Gardon

New Position for a Child Psychologist Available

 Quirky Kid® recently applied and won one of the three APR.Intern PhD Position (Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern) program positions in collaboration with the University of Wollongong and iAccelerate.

As a result, the PhD student will complete a paid internship project with Quirky Kid® to assist with the research design and evaluation of The Basecamp® – our multi-award winning anxiety program for kids aged 7 to 12 years. This opportunity remunerates a PhD student $26,000. This rebate is 50% through the Australian Government and 50% through the University of Wollongong- (the position was filled, thank you for your interest)

 

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The application process for one of the APR.Intern positions were competitive. It required Quirky Kid to complete a detailed and well-articulated pitch that including project background, research to be conducted, expected outcomes and the relevance to our organisation and community. 

Quirky Kid®  is currently working with iAccelerate Researcher in Residence, Prof Sharon Robinson to facilitate recruitment of the PhD Intern. If you would like to apply, please contact us to arrange an interview. (the position was filled).

This is the second time we’ll work with the University of Wollongong on a research project. The first research project involved evaluation The Best of Friends®  program with the help of Dr Noelene Weatherby-Fell from UOW’s School of Education.

Quirky Kid® creates evidence-based social and emotional programs to assist young people globally.

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Basecamp Shortlisted @ Educational Publishing Awards 2018

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Basecamp, anxiety program for kids is shot-listed for London Book Fair International excellence Awards

Yesterday we received the fantastic news that Basecamp ®, our already multi-award-winning  Anxiety program for young people was shortlisted for The 25th Educational Publishing Awards Australia.

Basecamp® was shortlisted under the Best Primary  Student Resource – Arts/Science/Humanities/Social Sciences/Technologies/Health and Physical Education/Languages along with resources from R.I.C. Publications
And Oxford University Press.

Organised by the Australian Publishers Association and sponsored by Copyright Agency, the prestigious EPAAs recognise excellence and innovation within the educational publishing industry.

This year’s entries were of a high standard and were a testament to the tremendous effort that goes into creating educational resources for Australian educators and students.

Chief Judge Angela Carbone said the entries were “exceptionally high and innovative, and the decision was not easy to make”.  In total, 117 entries were received so we would like to thank those who submitted their titles for consideration.

About Basecamp®

BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities.

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park. Children are invited on a journey to explore themed settings, team up with a support crew of experienced guides and interact with park animals, all intended to help them tackle the challenges of managing and overcoming anxiety.

Winner of the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards ( Educational Initiative Awards) and Winner of The Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the 66th Australian Book Designer Awards this resource is accomplishing great outcomes.

BaseCamp® was also shortlisted for the second award in London – Educational Resources Awards.

Start Using BaseCamp® Today

If you are interested in BaseCamp® for your child, school or clinic, get in touch today.

We feel that Basecamp® is incredible. Every page was carefully designed to communicate with our users in a unique and interesting way. Navigating through the 182 pages of Basecamp is an adventure full of surprises.

Find out more at https://basecamp.quirkykid.com.au

Contact us Today.

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QK @ RISE Conference Hong Kong

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

RISE Conference

We were thrilled to have been accepted to the AlPHA program at the 2018 RISE Conference held in Hong Kong We had a great time meeting, learning, and collaborating with our colleagues!

We were also selected to be involved in PITCH, a live event at the conference in front of thousands of attendees where we presented our innovative ideas about how to help parents access affordable, evidenced-based information about their child.

To participate as an exhibiting StartUp company you need to receive a high score based on the following criteria:

  1. Our Growth potential
    They look at our competitors and how our sector can grow locally and Overseas.
  2. Our Impact
    How relevant our product is for the community and if we have any pro-active ideas.
  3. Product and team
    They check our idea and team
  4. Pitch quality
    And how well we are likely to pitch.
  5. Cool factor
    How likely are we to disrupt.

Once all is done the startups are given an overall score out of 25, which is used to work out if each company is in a position get the most out of the conference. All the best startups from over 18 different industries were invited to exhibit RISE. Quirky Kid were joined by 3 other companies from The ‘iAccelerate’ incubator in Wollongong.

About RISE

RISE is a conference celebrating almost 600 innovative Start Ups from over 90 countries. Over 15,000 people attended the event, making it the largest tech conference in Asia. With leading tech giants presenting at the event, including Microsoft, Google and Amazon, we enjoyed learning about all things tech and innovation.

Why were we at the Start-Up Conference?

Quirky Kid and our new technology company, Rocketeer, attended the event to showcase our products and latest innovation, a software application that enables parents and professionals to access reliable expert advice and evidence-based information about concerns relating to the mental health of children and young people.

We also create evidence programs, used by many educational institutions. We are working to get these programs available online and will keep you updated about this.

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Vocational Partner Group and BoF

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Posted on by Sarah Doyle

Vocational Partner Group and The Best of Friends

We are proud to announce Vocational Partnership Group (VPG) has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’™ program during 2018.

VPG empower youth, strengthen families, and broker partnerships between education & industry. VPG consists of several different programs aimed at improving child and youth transitions. With a range of different services such as work experience, professional youth services, indigenous transitions, career transitions, Every Family Program, Transition To Work (TTW) Program and RespectMe.

Their enrolment continues to establish our Social and Emotional program as the most effective intervention to foster children’s social and emotional wellbeing. We continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

About Vocational Partnership Group

Vocational Partnership Group has strong expertise in building the capacity of schools through innovative staffing and program solutions. The range of programs available at VPG is customised to meet schools needs and outcomes. VPG also works with parents, the industry and with youth. Their key goal is to improve child and youth transitions.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally, with their commitment to empowering young people with a range of different training programs, VPG has demonstrated a clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their clients. We were impressed with the knowledge, focus and commitment the team share with their clients.

About The Best of Friends and the School.

The implementation of The Best of Friends ® will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologists Dr. Kimberley O’Brien.

Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators and teachers will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

The Best of Friends ® is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic. Find out more.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends ®’ program at your school?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

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