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Cobaw Community Health joins The Best of Friends® and BaseCamp®

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We are excited to welcome Cobaw Community Health as a program facilitator of The Best of Friends®  and BaseCamp® program in Woodend, Victoria. 

The Best of Friends® and BaseCamp® are multi-award winning Social and Emotional Learning programs developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic, and are now used by over 18 schools and agencies around Australia. 

About Cobaw Community Health

Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd was established in 1986, and is a not-for-profit with the mission of providing excellence in accessible services to enable people in Victoria to live healthy, active lives. Cobaw provides a comprehensive range of free and low-cost services to over 5,000 people each year in early childhood, youth, families, adults, aged and disability.

Cobaw Community Health has embraced community health and wellbeing issues, proved to have been a driving force locally for service innovation and demonstrated a clear commitment to Social and Emotional Learning. We were impressed with their passion and commitment and are looking forward to working with their team to deliver their first programs to eight children during Term 3. 

How The Best of Friends® program will be implemented at Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd

The first 10-week group of The Best of Friends® program, along with the first 8-week group for the BaseCamp®  program will take place in Term 3 2020 and will be closely supported by our team of facilitators. Each participant receives a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid, while facilitators and parents have access to an extensive range of information, manuals and regular supervision as required. 

To ensure adequate evaluation, each individual child and group complete pre- and post- psychometric testing of their social and emotional skills to measure the outcome of the intervention. Evaluation and monitoring is an important component of The Best of Friends® and BaseCamp® programs.

We look forward to working closely with Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd

Interested in offering The Best of Friends® and BaseCamp® programs at your school, clinic or community group?

Cobaw Community Health is one of 18 other schools/clinics offering our programs around Australia. Our Social and Emotional programs are a cost-effective and evidence-based intervention which improves children’s social and emotional wellbeing. 

The programs have a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan, and we are keen to identify partners equally committed to Social and Emotional Learning.

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.Contact us or visit the program website to find out more about The Best of Friends® program, and here to find out more about BaseCamp® to see how it can help you meet the needs of your students or clients.

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Welcome Milton Therapy and Learning Centre to Best of Friends®

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Milton TLC Joins the Best of Friends

We are excited to welcome Milton Therapy and Learning Centre as a program facilitator of The Best of Friends® program in Milton, New South Wales. 

The Best of Friends® is a multi-award winning Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic, and is now used by over 18 schools and agencies around Australia. 

About Milton TLC

Milton Therapy and Learning Centre is a family-centred practice providing a range of services to Milton, Ulladulla and surrounding areas. Owned and operated by Speech Pathologist, Kate Kinch, Milton TLC also offers Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Keyworker services.

Milton TLC has demonstrated a clear commitment to Social and Emotional Learning. We were impressed with their passion and commitment, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with their team to deliver their program to children during 2020. 

How The Best of Friends® program will be implemented at Milton TLC

The first 10-week group of The Best of Friends® program for 2020 will take place in Term 1 and will be closely supported by our team of facilitators. Each participant receives a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid, while facilitators and parents have access to an extensive range of information, manuals and regular supervision as required. 

To ensure adequate evaluation, each individual child and group complete pre- and post- psychometric testing of their social and emotional skills to measure the outcome of the intervention. Evaluation and monitoring is an important component of The Best of Friends® program.

We look forward to working closely with Milton TLC! 

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

Milton Therapy and Learning Centre is one of 18 other schools/clinics offering our programs around Australia. Our Social and Emotional programs are a cost-effective and evidence-based intervention which improves children’s social and emotional wellbeing. 

The program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan, and we are keen to identify partners equally committed to Social and Emotional Learning.

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.

Contact us or visit the program website to find out more about The Best of Friends® program, and how it can help you meet the needs of your students or clients.

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Moranbah State High School joins The Best of Friends®

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School Logo to confirm The Best of Friends

We are excited to welcome Moranbah State High School to the The Best of Friends® program community. Moranbah State school is located in Queensland. 

The Best of Friends® is a multi-award winning Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic, and is now used by by many schools and agencies around Australia. 

About Moranbah State High School.

Moranbah State High School is located in the heart of Queensland’s coal mining industry. They offer a vibrant, innovative and inclusive learning community for all students. Their practices are based around a philosophy to ensure “every student, in every classroom, is learning, achieving and valued. The school strives to provide a school community built on professionalism, continuous improvement and accountability, with a key focus on the mental health of all students as a key for school success.

Moranbah State High School has a commitment to Social and Emotional Learning demonstrated through the positive, respectful and supportive learning approaches throughout the school, striving to achieve a high standard of mental health development and behavioural skills development.
We were impressed with their passion and commitment and are looking forward to working with their team to deliver their first program to sixteen students during Term 3.

How The Best of Friends® program will be implemented at Moranbah State High School

The first 10-week group of The Best of Friends® program will take place in Term 3 2020 and will be closely supported by our team of facilitators. Each participant receives a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid, while facilitators and parents have access to an extensive range of information, manuals and regular supervision as required. 

To ensure adequate evaluation, each individual child and group complete pre- and post- psychometric testing of their social and emotional skills to measure the outcome of the intervention. Evaluation and monitoring is an important component of The Best of Friends® program.

We look forward to working closely with Moranbah State High School

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

Contact us or visit the program website to find out more about The Best of Friends® program, and how it can help you meet the needs of your students or clients.

Moranbah State High School is one of many other schools/clinics offering our programs around Australia. Our Social and Emotional programs are a cost-effective and evidence-based intervention which improves children’s social and emotional wellbeing. 

The program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan, and we are keen to identify partners equally committed to Social and Emotional Learning.

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.

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Ascham Joins The Best of Friends

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We are excited to welcome Ascham School as a program facilitator of The Best of Friends® program in Edgecliff, New South Wales.

The Best of Friends® is a multi-award winning Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic and is now used by over 18 schools and agencies around Australia. 

About Ascham School

Ascham School is an independent, non-denominational, day and boarding school for girls. The school’s teaching philosophy mirrors that of the Dalton Plan and focuses on four key principles — collaboration, responsibility, reflection and independence. Ascham school seeks to build resilience in its students by helping each girl develop the confidence to stretch herself and stumble, believing that self-confidence comes from effort leading to real achievement and that learning to bounce back from setbacks is an integral part of this process.

Ascham School believes girls’ wellbeing is of paramount importance and integral to the learning process demonstrating a clear commitment to Social and Emotional Learning. We were impressed with their passion and commitment and are looking forward to working with their team to deliver their first program to fourteen years, 7 boarders, during Term 2. 

How The Best of Friends® program will be implemented at Ascham School.

The first 10-week group of The Best of Friends® program will take place in Term 2 2020 and will be closely supported by our team of facilitators. Each participant receives a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid, while facilitators and parents have access to an extensive range of information, manuals and regular supervision as required. 

To ensure adequate evaluation, each individual child and group complete pre- and post- psychometric testing of their social and emotional skills to measure the outcome of the intervention. Evaluation and monitoring is an important component of The Best of Friends® program.

We look forward to working closely with Ascham School! 

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

Ascham School is one of 18 other schools/clinics offering our programs around Australia. Our Social and Emotional programs are a cost-effective and evidence-based intervention which improves children’s social and emotional wellbeing. 

The program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan, and we are keen to identify partners equally committed to Social and Emotional Learning.

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.Contact us or visit the program website to find out more about The Best of Friends® program, and how it can help you meet the needs of your students or clients.

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Quirky Kid and University of Wollongong Collaboration Launch

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The Best of Friends® Industry Research Collaboration

The Quirky Kid® Clinic’s collaboration with the University of Wollongong provided the evidence base to scale the innovative The Best of Friends® program

The Quirky Kid Team and The University of Wollongong’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Jennifer Martin would like to invite you to a presentation of the industry research collaboration between Quirky Kid® and the University of Wollongong (UOW) on The Best of Friends® program.

This event will provide you with an expanding small business’s perspective on collaborating with a university as an effective innovation pathway. You will learn how Quirky Kid leveraged their innovation spend through various programs – including Tech Vouchers, Internships and UOW’s incubator iAccelerate – to maximise impact.

The Best of Friends® program was developed in response to increasing demand from schools to address the social and emotional learning (SEL) challenges that children experience, and to offer them the academic and social benefits that SEL provides.

The research conducted by Quirky Kid® and the University of Wollongong added to the growing evidence of the efficacy of The Best of Friends® program, which Quirky Kid®  was then able to use to scale their product so their expertise could benefit kids in schools not only across Australia but around the world.

Representatives from Quirky Kid, the University of Wollongong, and NSW Government’s Boosting Business Innovation Programs will be on hand to answer your questions and get you started on your own innovation journey.

Friday 9 August, 9:30am-12:00pm
Level 49, MLC Centre  (19 Martin Place, Sydney)

9:30-10:00am Showcase demonstrations and networking
10:00-11:15am –  Presentation and Q&A:

  • Innovation in Social Emotional Learning – Dr. Kimberley O’Brien (Quirky Kid)
  • Collaborating with UOW –  Zahra Shahbazian, Industry Research Manager (UOW)
  • Leveraging your innovation spend  –  Leo Rocker (Quirky Kid)

11:15am-12:00pm: Networking and light refreshments



About Quirky Kid

We’re one of Australia’s leading Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Clinics and passionately committed to providing clients with the highest standard of service delivery. Quirky Kid is a member of the University of Wollongong business incubator program, ‘iAccelerate’. We operate clinical spaces in Sydney and Austinmer with a new clinic opening soon in Canberra.

You may also know of Quirky Kid as an award-winning publisher of unique therapeutic resources for young people and families. These include Face it cards, Tell Me A Story cards and the popular programs, Power Up™, The Best of Friends® and BaseCamp which are used in schools around Australia and overseas.

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