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Preparing for Kindergarten

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Commencing kindergarten is a very exciting and sometimes scary time for children and parents alike. To ensure your child has an enjoyable and successful transition to school it is important to allow yourself and your child plenty of time to prepare. Below are some tips to assist you. Things to consider when choosing a school […]

Dealing with Exam Anxiety

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Exams are a time when students of all ages feel more stressed than usual. Stress can also be positive thing as it aids motivation and concentration. However too much stress can make a young person feel overwhelmed, confused, exhausted and edgy and consequently produce a negative impact on study results. Exam anxiety is a natural […]

Children Social Anxeity

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

It is normal for preschoolers and young children to hang back close to their parents when meeting and engaging with someone new and display some for of Social Anxiety. Most children require some  “warm up” time to familiarise themselves with new people, environments and experiences, after which they relax and behave as they usually would. […]

Smacking @ NewFm

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, discussed smacking and corporal punishment with radio hosts Sarah and Steve St John from New FM in Newcastle. Quirky Kid is strongly advocates  against corporal punishment of children, including smacking. The story this segment was based can be viewed on News Website. You can listen below: Corporal Punishment and […]

The Dreaded Drop-Off!

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

As some pre-schoolers may not yet be fully cognisant of their identity being separate to that of their parents, it is quite normal that times of separation, like the ‘drop-off’, can be loaded with separation anxiety and distress. Other pre-schoolers are already little thinkers, able to anticipate future separation thus increasing their anxiety surrounding the […]

Fostering Creativity and Handwriting

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien recently compiled the Pilot Pen Creativity report, investigating the development of creative writing in children and the impact of computer-based learning. Fostering creativity is crucial for children to assist the development of independent thought, problem solving and the exploration of fact and fiction.  Creative children have a greater capacity to develop the vital […]