You're kidding me

The You're Kidding Me program is designed to improve accessibility to health, education and family services for kids by connecting Lake Macquarie families to valuable information about local services that support the learning and development of young children.

Current program

Session Date Time Location Description Bookings
Music in the early years Wednesday 1 March 11am–noon Cardiff Library Engagement in music is shown to ignite more parts of the brain than any other activity, but it can have even more benefit in bonding and managing the ongoing challenges of parenting. Early Childhood Music Specialist, Julie Logan will lead you through unique multi-sensory activities that will help you with stress management, as well as optimising your child’s development of memory, language, co-ordination, and life-long learning skills. No prior music experience is required. Book online
Play power

Wednesday 8 March 10.45-11.15am Toronto Library Would you like to learn tips and strategies for making the most of everyday moments? This interactive workshop, facilitated by child and family support officer, Sue Cook will show parents ways throughout the daily routine where they can interact and engage with their child to support bonding and boost their child’s learning opportunities. Suitable for children aged 0-18 months. Book online
Language development in the early years Wednesday 22 March 10–11am Speers Point Library Are you concerned about your child’s speech progress, or would you just like to know more about language development in your child’s early years? At this session, presented by Early Start Speech Pathology we will discuss; What is typical development for a 2-5 year old? How can carers support their child’s speech development? What can carers do if they are concerned? This session will include time for questions you may have about your own child’s speech progress. Book online
One-on-one speech screening appointments Wednesday 26 April 10am–11.30am Speers Point Library Designed for children aged 3-5 years, this one on one assessment of your child’s language and communication will assist in identifying any concerns that might need addressing before your child starts school. The speech therapist will provide you with feedback specific to your child and provide details on what steps to take next, should there be any concerns. Book online
Play and development Wednesday 10 May 1.30–2.30pm Belmont Library The first 5 years of a child’s life is regarded as the most important time for learning and development. The best way to stimulate learning and development is PLAY! Play is a child’s most important work and the greatest thing about play, is that it can be low cost and can happen anywhere! Join Felicity from Family Chiropractic Charlestown as she explains how play stimulates your child’s development, and how you can support children’s play with everyday items from around the house. Book online
You’re Kidding Me Expo Wednesday 17 May 9.30am-12.30pm Event Cinemas Glendale The Expo that brings together family and children services from all around the Lake to showcase the varied programs, resources and services, families can access at anytime. From Speech therapists, parenting programs, baby health nurses, children’s active living, and everything in between the Expo has it all. Parents can attend a free presentation on CPR for babies and young children and children can enjoy lots of fun in the dedicated children’s activities area. Bookings not required
The nervous anxious child Wednesday 14 June 11am-noon Cardiff Library Supporting children when they are nervous or anxious can be tricky. Often, parents can become nervous or anxious themselves or even impatient and cross with their child. Dr Victoria Clay will help parents understand what anxiety is, why children persistently worry about things, and how parents and carers can best support children experiencing nervousness and anxiety. Dr Clay presents this topic in an easy to understand way to ensure that parents can learn tips and strategies for building confident and resilient children. Book online

The program links to our Children and Family Strategy 2015-2020 that outlines the key focal areas Lake Macquarie City Council have identified as important and viable in achieving a City which celebrates, promotes and cares for the lives of children and families.

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Page last updated: 23 February 2017