Kids on the Coast Magazine - Gold Coast - Issue 85. Mar/Apr 2020

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ISSUE 85 March/April 2020 GOLD COAST



ove it or hate it, technology is here to stay. Some days I love it – being able to write this on my phone whilst I wait to pick the kids up from school (yup, I really am!) is a huge plus. An iPad to keep the bambinos settled whilst I make dinner is a total sanity saver (c’mon, admit it, we all do it). Yet technology also worries me due to the sneaky way it has infiltrated our everyday lives. Our kids are often so addicted to it that it’s become just another source of mama guilt and afternoon bartering. Plus, there is so much conflicting information out there! How do we know what’s the latest ‘right’ thing to do? Too much technology is bad for kids, yet by the time they are grown and entering the work force, they will need to be uber tech-savvy to be employable. Brain explosion, anyone? So, in this issue we are tackling technology head on, exposing the good and not so good in the digital world.

We visit Guardian Angels Catholic Primary School to find out all about their STEM program and how they are building brave and curious learners who are ready for an unknown future. Kicking that mama guilt to the kerb, we look at the many positives of screen time, and we have some fab tips from the wonderful team at Parentline on how parents can use technology to strengthen family relationships. Wondering about fast-tracking your little one’s water safety? Karen from Superfish Swim Schools joins us to share her expertise on strategies for maximising your toddler’s swimming development. And, as always, this issue is bursting with the latest news, events, product reviews, Easter activities and more, from across the Gold Coast. Have a hoppy Easter!

Angela xo THE TEAM





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EDUCATION: The STEM program that’s building brave and curious learners who are ready for an unknown future.

TECH: Let’s kick that mama guilt to the kerb, because there are many ways in which screen time can be a positive thing!

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FROM THE EDITOR ................................................................................................................ 3 WHAT’S ON: The best events on the Gold Coast for March and April ................................ 6 NEWS: The latest news from across the region ......................................................................... 11 NOTICEBOARD: Notices and achievements from our local schools...................................12 CHECK THIS OUT: Local parents nailing the side hustle ................................................... 14 PLAY: Ditch the chocolate with these fun Easter-inspired toys..............................................16 HEALTH: Fast tracking your toddler’s swim development.................................................... 26 PARENTING: How parents can use technology to strengthen relationships .................... 30 REVIEWS: Books and apps for the family.................................................................................31 CLASSIFIEDS: Family friendly products and services ......................................................... 32 FOOD: Apple Energy Balls ....................................................................................................... 34 We encourage recycling. Please keep this issue for future reference, pass onto your friends and family, use for craft projects or place into the recycling bin.


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SILLY SOCKS Little Artlab 8 APRIL HOTA Home of the Arts

Make a silly, squiggly, smiley sock puppet with family and friends. Learn about emotions, expressions and movement. Suitable for children aged under 5.



22 MARCH Macintosh Island Park, Main Beach

Gold Coast’s own ‘Amazing Race’, teams explore the Gold Coast, following clues to locate checkpoints and complete challenges over two hours. For families with younger children, there will be fun activities at many checkpoints. You do not have to complete every checkpoint to enjoy yourself and win prizes.

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: The Lion King 4 APRIL Caningeraba State Primary School, Burleigh Waters What better way is there to spend an evening than outdoors watching a movie under the stars! Gather your family and friends, pack a picnic or take advantage of the delicious food options available and enjoy interactive kids activities by Sparky Do Dah from 4pm.


9 APRIL HOTA Home of the Arts

In 1957, Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote his second children’s book as Dr. Seuss. More than 50 years later, The Cat in the Hat is a much-loved children’s phenomenon. Children and adults alike will delight in this zany and imaginative live adaptation of the classic book coming to life before your very eyes.

Adventures at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre THROUGHOUT SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Coast Club, Gold Coast Each day at Coast Club offers a range of exciting activities. Choose a morning, afternoon or full day experience that could involve anything from canoeing, abseiling, surfing, stand up paddle boarding and much, much more! K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

KRANK LITTLE CHEFS 7 APRIL Logan Entertainment Centre Learn how to prepare an à la carte menu alongside the executive chef. Each session will end with a meal and mini disco. Parents/carers are required to stay for the duration of the activity. Wear enclosed shoes and a shirt with sleeves. Please tie long hair back.

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EVERY SATURDAY, 10–11am Broadbeach Library & Upper Coomera Library

Roald Dahl’s delicious tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is coming to Brisbane! The live show features songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination”, “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket”, alongside a brand new, toe-tapping and ear-tickling score.

Build your own designs at these LEGO® drop-in sessions. Every Saturday at 10am, for children aged 6 to 12 years. No need to book, just come along!

Gold Coast Superhero Weekend 13 - 15 MARCH Broadbeach It’s time to dust off the cape and pull on your cosplay for Broadbeach’s celebration of everything ‘superhero’! This supercharged weekend will include a ton of action packed events for the young and the young at heart.

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Surfers Paradise LIVE

15 MARCH HOTA Home of the Arts HOTA hosts a supercharged festival of eSports and music. Witness elite eSport teams battle it out in spectacular style or check out the dynamic program of live music, market stalls, workshops and food treats. Join a community eGame tournament, shop from artisan stalls or wear a DIY cosplay costume. This event is part of the OUT LOUD Festival.

30 APRIL – 3 MAY Surfers Paradise Beach

Surfers Paradise LIVE returns with a stellar line-up of world-class, home-grown rockstars. Suitable for all ages, this event is four days and nights of jam-packed entertainment with Australia’s best musicians igniting across three stages.

TODDLER TIME EVERY THURSDAY 10–10.30am Broadbeach Library

A fun session of singing, clapping and dancing. Learn action rhymes and songs to assist your child’s preliteracy, language and social skill development. For children aged 2 to 4 years. No need to book.


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eanut allergies could become a thing of the past thanks to breakthrough research into a novel vaccination. Professor John Hayball, Head of UniSA’s Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory says the peanut allergy vaccine tricks the immune system into seeing peanut allergens in a new light, so that the body responds normally instead of generating an allergic reaction. “We’re effectively reprogramming the body to see peanuts as an entity that can be cured by a vaccine, rather than an allergen that elicits an allergic reaction,” Prof. Hayball says. “Already, the vaccine is showing



dge Early Learning has opened a new centre on Gold Coast Airport’s doorstep. With expansive indoor, covered outdoor zones and large learning spaces, the centre has capacity for 122 children and will employ about 30 early childhood educators. Queensland Airport’s Limited Property and Infrastructure Executive General Manager Carl Bruhn said that airport employees and Southern Cross University teaching staff and students had already signed up kids due to the centre’s convenient location. “About 30 people who work in the airport precinct have enquired and several have already enrolled their


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signs of success, shifting peanutspecific immune responses in mouse models of peanut allergy.” Peanut allergies occur when the immune system mistakenly identifies peanuts as an allergen, signalling immune cells to release chemicals resulting in adverse reactions that can range from mild hives, cramps, nausea and vomiting, to life threatening anaphylactic reactions. Peanuts are one of the most common food allergies and the most common food to cause anaphylaxis or death. In Australia, there is a particularly high prevalence of peanut allergies, with almost three in every 100 children affected.

children at the centre,” he said. “We also expect this will be a popular choice with the high proportion of mature age students at Southern Cross University as well as for surrounding residents.” “We are pleased to be able to provide quality care and education for busy families working or studying nearby,” Edge Early Learning Chief Executive Officer Annie Bryce said. “We are very focused on making families’ lives more convenient, which is why we provide eco-friendly nappies and wipes, sunscreen and nutritious meals in all of our centres.” The centre will trade from 6am to 6pm, to cater for people who work full-time hours, shift work or study. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


5 HEALTHY EATING TIPS when travelling with toddlers

By Karla Gilbert, Nutrition partner to Kool Kids Early Learning


ny parent will vouch for the fact that routine reigns supreme when it comes to nurturing happy healthy toddlers. As we gather recipes that are hits simply through trial and error, it seems familiarity is our best friend. Travelling on holidays, however, is a completely different story and one that can easily turn a happy, calm toddler into a hangry, tired toddler. Suddenly, it’s no longer the holiday you had in mind… So, what is the backup plan and what food ideas can you utilise while travelling with toddlers?

1. Book an apartment with a kitchen Having the convenience of a kitchen is a lifesaver, even as the children grow older. Ensuring there are kitchen facilities to prepare a healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks, it removes the pressure from dinner (who wants to cook dinner on holidays?). It will make your life so much easier to have at least two familiar meals that are nutritionally balanced. Try packing a picnic if you are planning on being out for the day. This will allow more time for exploring and


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enjoying each other’s company. Hunt down and make a beeline for the nearest grocery store to stock up on fruits, low sugar snacks, milk, eggs, bread and salads and you’ll also be saving a truckload of money.

2. Keep the balance

be travelling, it doesn’t mean that healthy eating goes out the window. Bring some of your own familiarity and values to the table as this may help ease a toddler’s anguish.

4. Bring your own

Airline food can be quite unappealing for It’s nice to dabble in the local cuisine. Many the best of us, let alone a fussy toddler. The toddlers will welcome the change, simple answer is to pack your but the aim is to still cover your “Many toddlers own. For the sake of convenience, bases with each food group. Fish throw in some trusted jars or will welcome and chips each night is not going pouches of baby food, healthy change, but aim to give our toddlers the energy bars, fruit and homemade slices. to still cover your This is going to help make life they need to keep up with the bases with each easier when you’re on the road holiday pace. Envisaging the food group.” colours of the rainbow on each / in the air / stuck in transit. plate, by ordering a side of salad Pack food that has no need for or veggies or including a healthy smoothie refrigeration and rest assured that a hangry with an array of fruits and vegetables, will toddler is not in your near future! fill the void. These additions will strengthen their immune system and make things so 5. Carry a water bottle everywhere much easier to return to healthy eating Excessive sugary liquid calories are one of patterns upon returning home. the biggest mistakes parents make with young children on holidays. Stick to your 3. Set the example guns and only allow water with meals and The only normal our toddlers know is the perhaps a watered-down juice once a day normal that they see. Even though you may as a special treat. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

We’re cooking up a storm with Karla Gilbert New menus now in centres Meet Karla

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Karla’s menus tempt the fussiest of eaters All menus are dietitian-approved to meet health and nutritional guidelines, and prepared by our on-site chefs.

RECREATE KARLA’S RECIPES AT HOME Apple Pie Bliss Balls Makes approx. 20 tsp size balls 1 large apple ¼ cup sultanas 1 tsp cinnamon 1. Chop the apple, leaving the skin and blitz all the ingredients together until completely combined in food processor. 2. Pop the mixture into a bowl and

enough so you can roll them. 3. Roll into generous teaspoon sized balls and place in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container.


Family trips to the beach are a world easier, with this surfboard that packs into a backpack!

PHOEBE FOX COMFORTER Designed to help settle babies to sleep, this soft and tactile toy from OB Designs is flat, making it easy for little ones to snuggle. Phoebe includes a ‘lost or found’ identity tag and toy hook so that bub doesn’t lose her, as well as weighted beads in her arms. Based in the Byron Bay Hinterland, OB Designs products are safe, ethical, functional and made from 100% natural materials. $25.95

INFL8 SURFBOARD Gold Coast company INFL8 Surf have just released the ultimate in surfing convenience. An INFL8 Surfboard will inflate on the beach in minutes, and is then packed up in a convenient backpack becoming easy to store and travel with. Available in three sizes, an INFL8 board is perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers of all ages, while being responsive enough for advanced surfers to have fun on. Each board comes with soft, safe fins that can be removed and replaced with your favourite FCS fin set up. $399 - $499


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BY KIDS FOR KIDS T-SHIRT Aiming to spread a little happiness and increase confidence in our kids, these gorgeous shirts are designed by kids, for kids. A project started by a family in Brisbane, all shirts are made of soft cotton, sourced with a focus on ethical production. Even better, your kids can contribute artwork to be included in the project! From $25 K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

FEM21 80% of women experience hormone related health problems in various stages of their lives. This complete, all-inone, herbal product is a game changer for the many women struggling with hormone related health issues. Created by Gold Coast mum and naturopathic physician Meah Robertson BHSc. (Nat), Fem21 combines 21 carefully selected and tested key ingredients in one easy-to-take formula, designed to assist in hormonal balancing, alkalising, and liver and digestion cleansing. From $54.95 //

SOLAR BUDDIES Say goodbye to the sunscreen battle with the world’s first child-friendly, refillable sunscreen applicator. From a Sunshine Coast mum, this nifty refillable applicator means less mess, less waste and no messy hands. It’s small enough to fit in your bag and a breeze for little people to use. $25

BEST PEGS STAINLESS STEEL CLOTHES PEGS Best Pegs are made from a single piece of marine grade stainless steel wire so they won’t break apart or rust, even if you leave them out on the clothesline (we’ve tested this one and it’s 100% true!) They don’t heat up in the sun either! Switching to stainless steel clothes pegs is an easy step towards reducing plastic wastage in your life. Run by a Gold Coast mum, Best Pegs are available in a variety of pack sizes, all with free shipping in Australia! From $38.95

SWING DRESS The Swing Dress from Hendrik Clothing Company has a lovely A-line silhouette and offers an elegant, contemporary feel to a classic shape. Two pockets and a hem facing are details you didn’t know you needed until you see this dress! The linen fabric will keep you cool in summer or pair with a long-sleeved top in the winter. Designed and crafted with love in a small studio on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. $119 // K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

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DJECO TAPATOU WOODEN TAP TAP TOY Keep little ones busy for hours with this chick-themed hammer toy. This simple toddler game is great for developing hand-eye coordination and introducing cause and effect. For ages 18+ months. // $42.95

SMARTGAMES BUNNY BOO GAME This pre-school puzzle game promotes understanding concepts such as above/ below, inside/outside, visible/hidden. Solve the challenge on each challenge card – there is only one solution to each challenge. For ages 2 to 5 years. // $41.99

MAUD N LIL COMFORTER OSCAR THE BUNNY This beautiful little comforter is made from certified organic cotton velour and filled with non-GMO corn starch filling. He’s somewhere between a blanky, a bunny plush toy and a dummy clip. Suitable for newborns and up. // $43.90

TENDER LEAF TIC TAC TOE GAME This sweet, eco-friendly set includes a set of natural wooden pieces for playing Noughts and Crosses and comes packaged in a bunny drawstring bag with tic tac toe printed on the back. For 3+ years. // $21.00

DJECO CHEZ-CAROT RABBIT 3 LAYER WOODEN PUZZLE Featuring 3 gorgeous rabbit scenes to piece together, layer by layer, this artist-designed kids puzzle will keep your toddler entertained while they learn. For 24+ months. // $34.99 KILLER BUNNIES AND THE QUEST FOR THE MAGIC CARROT A fast paced, action filled card game, in which you must try to keep as many Bunnies alive as possible, while eliminating your opponents’ Bunnies. Your opponents, however, are armed with weapons and will stop at nothing to keep you from winning the game, which can get vengeful, messy, and just plain fun! For 2 to 8 players, ages 13 to adult. // $54.99

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STEM SKILLS Once thought of as only important for those aiming for science degrees, STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are rapidly becoming critical for ALL jobs of the future.


ccording to the World Economic Forum, 65 per cent of children entering primary school today will end up working in completely new jobs that don’t even exist yet. The rise in robotics and automation is accelerating; driverless, electric cars are no longer fantasy; and smart devices continue to rapidly advance. AI (Artificial Intelligence) is also becoming more of a reality, and the IoT (Internet of Things) is already part of everyday life. The result is the explosion of new, nontraditional employment options. For those in education, these uncharted waters are both exciting yet daunting. “We are preparing our students for a world K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

where the jobs that they will go into don’t exist yet,” says Brenton Edwards, Numeracy Coach and Classroom Teacher at Guardian Angels Catholic Primary School. “Our job as educators is to provide opportunities for our students to develop 21st century skills and nurture their interest in the world around them.” So, how do you best prepare students in such a rapidly changing world?

WHAT IS STEM OR STEAM STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) is a curriculum based around educating students in four specific areas – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – with a

combined, hands-on approach. Rather than teaching the four disciplines as separate subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning program based on realworld applications. Most schools have introduced a STEM program in some form, an increasing number also including the Arts in that curriculum, as the Arts are proving to be just as important in the development of 21st century skills.

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it’s in the handling of artificial intelligence where many of these jobs will be created. Avi Goldfarb, coauthor of Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence agrees, saying, “The most valuable combinations of skills are going to be people who both have good training in computer science, who know how the machines work, but also understand the needs of society and the organisation, and so have an understanding of humanities and social sciences.” AI is good at repetitive tasks, but the human abilities to make sense of the world and come up with creative solutions are our biggest asset. “Those people with a broad range of knowledge, studying art, philosophy, history, sociology will know how to put artificial intelligence to its best use,” says Goldfarb. Brenton agrees, saying, “Jobs involving data analysis, technology that improves our standard of living and robotics in everyday life are just a few jobs that I think will be massive in ten to twenty years.” “Technology is developing at a rapid pace,” Brenton continues, “and these students are already better prepared than my generation in how to get the most out of the technology being developed.”


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DIGITAL CURRENCY PLANNER: Someone who advises on cryptocurrencies and manages virtual finances. CROWDFUNDING SPECIALIST: An expert that help start-ups launch their campaigns on crowdfunding platforms. DRONE MANAGER: As drones become more ubiquitous, experts will need to set standards for ownership and work to maintain a fleet of drones. EXTINCT SPECIES REVIVALIST: Zoologists could play a critical role in recreating extinct species. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CONSULTANT: The world cannot survive on fossil fuel forever, so alternative energy sources are at the forefront of energy science and research. ORGAN/BODY PART CREATOR: New progress in stem cell research means 3D-printing could well be used to grow organs on demand. WASTE ENGINEER: Human beings produce an estimated 1.1 billion kgs of waste every year. Most of this is simply buried underground, but there is a growing industry to reuse, recycle or burn it for energy. IOT SECURITY REPAIR PERSON: As our homes become progressively ‘smarter’, we will need someone to call on when our smart gadgets go wrong.

As technology is rewriting the world, the skills that we need to navigate and be productive in that world also need to shift. Gone is the Industrial Age notion of having a skill and being really good at that one thing for life. Today, we all need to be multi-disciplined and flexible if we are to thrive in the 21st century. “Much research has been done in this area,” says Mr Edwards. “Employers are looking for employees that have 21st century skills such as critical thinking, initiative, and technology expertise. Furthermore, skills such as working collaboratively, developing resilience, negotiation, creativity, empathy are proving essential. These are all skills that are developed through STEM classrooms, where students are required to work together to solve a real world problem.”

LIFE SKILLS FOR EVERY STUDENT Once seen as something only open to ‘extension’ students, many schools have now have made the shift to providing a STEM

curriculum to all students. “I believe the days of just exposing the ‘extension kids’ to STEM programs or higher level mathematics are slowly disappearing from schools,” says Mr Edwards. “If we only expose the ‘extension kids’, how do we engage those students who might have a keen interest yet their report card dictates that they cannot be involved? It goes against our Catholic teachings, which promote inclusivity.” Employment experts agree, finding that the future of work won’t be so reliant on University degrees, it will instead focus on job skills and life skills.

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21st century skills • LEARNING SKILLS: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication • LITERACY SKILLS: information, media, technology • LIFE SKILLS: flexibility, leadership, initiative, productivity, social

school to school. Mr Edwards believes engagement is key in any STEM program, so choosing the right types of projects is essential. “At Guardian Angels, we are fortunate to have many teachers that support our STEM programs. The students engage in weekly STEM lessons with our specialist teacher, Mrs Karen Bartley-Beal. Karen, along with our Visual Arts teacher Mrs Lindsey Shine, work with a tight budget to deliver real world lessons underpinned by a basic engineering design process.” Guardian Angels Catholic Primary School has taken their program one step further, with an impressive Manual Arts program. “One unique element that we have in our school is our Manual Arts program. Mr Brad Pledge (HOD Industrial Technology at Aquinas College) takes our Year 6 students, every Thursday, to our custom workshop and teaches them about the design process and safe workshop procedures. Having Brad work with our students allows us, as a school, to further engage our students in the field of STEM, as well as making an important link with Aquinas College, whom we share many facilities with. Importantly, the majority of our students leave Guardian Angels and K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

things that are fun to do and are wonderful for developing those 21st century skills. Encourage kids to be flexible and adaptable, to be good at more than one thing and to develop a range of skills. Try out lots of different things, challenge them to think outside the box but also help them develop continue their education at Aquinas College.” empathy and emotional intelligence. And the success of this program is evident And don’t be scared of technology! in their performance at the Griffith “Kids should be engaged with both culture University’s STEM Cup. and the latest technology,” Goldfarb says. “Last year, we entered seven teams into “Whether that means engaging with a new Griffith University’s STEM Cup, a social media app or learning how to weekly, after school competition edit video for fun, kids should be that exposes students to a range allowed to play intuitively with ULTIMATELY, of real world STEM problems. technology.” OUR AIM IS TO We were fortunate to have a CREATIVE BRAVE team reach the finals. We are THE MORAL CODE AND PROACTIVE hopeful of extending our Of course, with such an LEARNERS. partnership with Griffith emphasis on ‘how’ AI will be University in the future,” says used, ensuring our kids have the Brenton. “Students can also correct morals instilled during engage in LEGO or garden club in their this technology revolution is just as critical. lunchtimes. All students are exposed to “Kids must be able to make the moral and Science Week activities as part of a grade ethical connection. Just because something level as well as in their classes.” can be done, should it?” Mr Edwards says. “Ultimately, our aim is to creative brave “At Guardian Angels Catholic Primary and proactive learners.” School, we believe in ensuring that our students’ creative thinking is designed to HOW PARENTS CAN HELP help others, to be sustainable and care for Anything you can do to get your child God’s creation.” thinking creatively will no doubt help “It is hard to say what the future involves, prepare them for joining the future working however, it is hopeful that the students we world. Build a couch fort, design a rocket, are teaching will have a hand in shaping the create, analyse and imagine together – all future for the better.” M A R C H / A P R I L 2020



Screen time is a huge source of parental guilt. Well, kick the guilt to the kerb, because screen time CAN be a positive thing!

s a parent, there’s always something to feel guilty about. Have you delivered five serves of veggies? Did you forget the sunscreen this morning? Did they push your buttons so hard that your Batman voice reared it’s head? Whatever we have to feel guilty about, screen time is often at the top of the guilt tree for many parents. Whilst most reports advise that it’s ‘bad’, the huge amount of misinformation out there makes it impossible to be an informed parent. Fortunately, we embarked on a mission to find out if screen time can actually be a good thing. And we were positively surprised.


Before we go throwing all devices out the window, let’s look at the facts. Screen time isn’t just using mobile phones and iPads. It encompasses watching television, writing a letter on a laptop, playing a dancing game, racing cars on a gaming console and even K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

chatting to a loved one through FaceTime. Many of these things can be valuable and engaging activities to share with our children.

This study also found that touch screen devices can offer disadvantaged children a pathway into reading. “Poorer children who use both books and touch screens to look CAN IT BE A GOOD THING? at stories are less likely to perform below Recent studies have found some benefits the expected standard for their age than if to allowing children to enjoy they only look at books,” the some screen time. report continued. “Not only A longitudinal study of three to does technology offer a route five-year-olds found that children It is important to into reading for disadvantaged enjoy reading more when they are consider the type children, we also found that of screen time using a touch screen. children are more likely to enjoy “When we explored the kids are enjoying reading if they look at stories relationship between the media when establishing using both books and a touch children use and their enjoyment compared with using any boundaries. screen, of reading, we found that more books only (77.4% vs. 70.8%).” children who read using print Heather Kirkorian from the and touch screen enjoy reading University of Wisconsin-Madison a lot more than children who read print told New Scientist that the content of the only (77.4% vs. 70.8%),” said the Parents’ games or programs that kids enjoy has a perspectives: Children’s use of technology in large role to play. The cognitive development the Early Years report by the UK’s National student said, “The best research suggests Literacy Trust. that the content children view is the best M A R C H / A P R I L 2020



• Keep your own personal viewing habits low • Make mealtimes screen free • Keep screens out of bedrooms • Don’t use screens one hour before bedtime • Set age appropriate boundaries • Get involved in their screen time

have a number of benefits for kids. By using interactive and engaging apps, educational experiences can be enhanced and learning becomes both fun and accessible. Being digitally literate from a young age can help to prepare children for future learning. Puzzles and interactive games can encourage critical thinking and problem solving in real time. Collaborative games can build communication skills, as kids chat with friends and relatives. Creative apps encourage kids to draw, paint, write code, take photos and make movies – without needing any complicated equipment.


predictor of cognitive effects. Children will learn from what they watch, whether that means learning letters and numbers, slapstick humour or aggressive behaviour.”


While the jury appears to be out on whether screen time is good or bad for our kids, some studies are suggesting that we shouldn’t be forbidding our kids from using these technologies. These studies suggest that screens may even be providing our kids with a richer learning experience. Content is key, therefore, it is important to consider the type of screen time kids are enjoying when establishing any boundaries at home. Bethany Koby, CEO and co-founder of Technology Will Save Us says that screen time can be a very passive activity, “where children become completely engrossed and detached from all communication, interaction and participation in the family.” This passive consumption of media removes kids from reality and doesn’t exercise their brain. However, there are huge opportunities for the digital world to do the opposite, when children are channeled into activities where they are engaging and creating, rather than


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Sadly, screen time can go hand-in-hand with kids becoming more sedentary. And with obesity on the rise, screen time is all about balance. POSITIVE SCREEN The Department of TIME IDEAS Health recommends that “children younger than two • Use photo editing software to edit pictures they’ve taken passively observing. years of age should not It is also important spend any time watching • Create a movie about the that they have television or using other family pet opportunities to interact electronic media (DVDs, • Write a blog about their passion with others around computer and other • Use programs such as Scratch Jr screens – this is where electronic games).” For to create games and make music parents and carers need children 2 to 5 years of age, • Ask your child a big question to jump in and get it recommends that “sitting and have them research it involved in screen time. and watching television and • If your child loves YouTube, “Screen time is the use of other electronic set them a challenge to learn just another of those media (DVDs, computer and a new skill such as origami or a moments in life where electronic games) should juggling instead of watching their you can engage with be limited to less than one favourite Vlogger your child, and find out hour per day.” • Call grandparents or extended what they’re exploring When used for ‘good’, family on FaceTime and learning,” Bethany screen time can enrich a • Reading e-books is just as valid says. Spend some time child’s life, if that child reading as a printed book, most watching them play a is also getting plenty of e-readers also have a dictionary so game and encourage opportunities to get outside children can look up words they them to explain what and play. It’s all about don’t know they’re doing, or help how you use it. As well as them research their teaching kids to be savvy school project online. This interaction will about being digitally safe, we also need to also help them to engage more outside of teach them how to be an active participant in their screen usage. what they consume, to be discerning about what type of content they are consuming ‘GOOD’ SCREEN TIME and to use digital technology in a way that With the right content, screen time can contributes to their growth. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


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YOUR TODDLER’S SWIMMING DEVELOPMENT Is it possible to accelerate the uptake of life-saving independent swimming skills while still having fun?


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ll parents want their children to be safer in and around the water. However, these potentially life-saving skills can take many years to learn. But is it possible to fast-track this process, so toddlers rapidly develop strong, independent swimming skills that could save them in potentially life-threatening aquatic situations? And is it possible to do that while still experiencing kind, caring and fun swim lessons? Karen Baildon, founder of Superfish Swim Schools believes it is possible, but that it requires a much greater exposure to water at this formative younger age.

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• 2 hours swimming per month • 13 hours swimming per 6 months (or 2 school days) • 26 hours swimming per year (or 4.5 school days) That’s like expecting a child to learn to read and write in a week!

“Attending weekly swimming lessons is fantastic, and you may get strong swimming skills by school-age, but sometimes that’s too late,” Karen says. “The reality is these young children will not hold high water awareness skills if they are only attending one half-hour swimming lesson per week. Toddlers need more if we are expecting them to achieve independent drowning prevention skills.” POSITIVE EXPOSURE The amount a baby or toddler is exposed to water is critical in a successful learn to swim progression, but for fast-tracked skill

development Karen believes parents and swim teachers should also be nurturing a love of the water from a very early age. “Swim lessons and any time in and around water should be a fun and positive experience for little ones,” Karen says. “Accelerating classes doesn’t mean they need to be more intense, in fact it’s the opposite. Alongside teaching skills that are potentially life-saving, we focus on growing a child’s love for being in the water.” WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO HELP THEIR CHILD ACHIEVE INDEPENDENT DROWNING PREVENTION SKILLS? • As young as possible, start ‘conditioning’ swimming techniques with babies in the shower or bath at home, such as floating, water over the face and lots of bath time with a parent. • Start swimming lessons with babies, as young as possible. • A consistent, regular two swimming lessons per week is ideal. All year, until these skills are established. • Whenever possible, do not pause or stop lessons – especially until toddlers hold independent skills. Consistency in lessons is key. • Do not stop swimming lessons through the winter months – toddlers lose skills as they do not have a developed muscle memory. • Practice swimming skills outside of lesson

times. Visit your local pool or enjoy time in the backyard pool. • Don’t have unreal expectations – this is a process and parents and teachers need to work together. • Set goals with what you want to achieve with your child’s swimming development, and by what age. Your swimming teacher can help you with this. • Make sure your swim centre occasionally conducts ‘clothed’ swimming lessons. WHAT SKILL LEVEL DO CHILDREN NEED TO REACH, TO B E S E E N A S H AV I N G D E V E L O P E D STRONG, INDEPENDENT DROWNING PREVENTION SKILLS? • Independently tread water for 30 seconds • Independent float, with face up, for 30 seconds • A combination of both these skills – tread water/float • Independent ‘fall in’ catching back onto a wall • Independent ‘climb out’ of pool • Independent ‘eyes in’ with paddling arms and strong kick, either lifting head for breath and/or rolling into a float position • Swim and roll onto back, repeating activity “As swim teachers, we want to protect as many toddlers and preschoolers from drowning as possible. Our goal is for all children in Australia to be strong swimmers by five years old, and to see zero unnecessary drownings in children under five,” Karen says. “I believe this is possible with parents and swim teachers working together.” “Wouldn’t it be terrific to see all Aussie three-year olds with independent, strong skills in the water?” Karen Baildon is the founder and owner of Superfish Swim Schools in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Karen has just returned from being a key-note speaker at the World Aquatic Development Conference in Sweden in 2020. She lectured to Swim Teachers and Swim Program Operators from around the globe. Her topic was ‘Fast Tracking Toddler’s Swimming Development’.

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2. There must be a child support assessment in place with the CSA. The annual rate of support in the agreement must be equal to or more than the rate of the child support assessment.


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hen parents separate, one of their immediate concerns is ensuring suitable arrangements for the ongoing financial support of the children. There are various options available and choosing the best option can minimise future conflict.

3. It is not enforceable until it is registered by the CSA. 4. After three years, either parent can terminate the agreement. The agreement can also be terminated if a new child support assessment is completed with the CSA and the assessment changes by more than 15% from the previous assessment.

Binding Child Support Agreement 1. It must be in writing and signed by both parents but, prior to signing, both parents must get legal advice.

Child Support Assessment A child support assessment is the most common arrangement and it involves the Child Support Agency (CSA) applying a formula to calculate the amount of financial support payable for the children. The formula considers several factors including the income of each parent, the care arrangements for the children, the ages of the children and any other dependent children of the parents from previous relationships. Either parent can apply to the CSA for an assessment. A parent can object to an assessment that has been made and, in certain circumstances, seek a change of assessment.

Child Support Agreements Sometimes parents reach their own agreement about financial support for the children. These agreements can take the form of a Limited Child Support Agreement, or a Binding Child Support Agreement.

2. It is not necessary for a child support assessment to be in place with the CSA. The annual rate of support provided for the agreement can be any amount agreed to by the parents.

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ith an increase in year-round indoor heated pools, swimming is no longer just a summer activity, especially when living in Queensland with its warmer weather and aquatic-rich lifestyle. Sadly though, drowning is still the number one cause of accidental deaths in children under five; a fact swim school leaders, Rackley Swimming, insists, shouldn’t be ignored. “Swimming isn’t just a fun activity. Once properly learned, it’s a life-saving skill, and a skill learned for life,” said Rackley Swimming General Manager, Cameron Speechley. “However, kids who are skilled swimmers should still be actively supervised when in and around the water – within arm’s reach of children under five, and within direct line of sight and close proximity of older children,” he added. Rackley Swimming says, children who stop swimming lessons, even for a short time, will often experience skill regression, which takes time to reverse when returning to the water. Offering season-round swimming lessons, from babies as young as two months, right through to squad and club opportunities, the


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swim school says, children who’ve spent any time out of the water, can benefit from Holiday Swim Programs or Intensive Weeks to help boost them back into form. “As our teaching pools are indoor and heated to 32 degrees, we often experience a spike during winter months, with parents commencing swimming lessons for their babies. It’s great to see this shift in trend, and showcases how carers are truly committed to improving their children’s health and safety, no matter the season,” said Speechley. World first ‘Early Years Swimming’ research, by Griffith University, has also shown children exposed to regular swimming from a young age, can be six to 15 months ahead of the normal population, when it comes to cognitive skills, problem solving, literacy, numeracy, social ability and co-ordination, meaning that continuing to swim is a smart choice too! “Swimming is one of Australia’s favourite pasttimes. Through regular swimming lessons and Holiday Swim Programs, we want to help ensure all Aussie kids don’t just love it, but are safer swimmers,” concluded Speechley.

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APPLE ENERGY BALLS Apples are full of nutritional goodness. If you are looking for a way to get more apples into your family’s diet, here’s a great recipe that’s simple to make and the perfect kids' snack. Makes 12-14 balls (depending on size) Recipe by: LEAH ITSINES FOR AUSSIE APPLES INGREDIENTS

1½ cups of walnuts 1 tablespoon vanilla essence ¼ cup almond meal 1 cup dried apricots 1 apple, cored 1½ cups of desiccated coconut ¼ cup water 1 tablespoon maple syrup


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• Place walnuts, apple, vanilla essence, water, almond meal, half of the coconut and dried apricots into a food processor. • Blend this mixture for 2-3 minutes or until it has come together. • Take a small amout of this mixture into the palm of your hand and roll into a small ball. • Repeat until all the mixture is gone. • Roll each ball in the remaining desiccated coconut. • Leave in the fridge for 30 minutes before eating. These can last up to a week in the fridge (if they last that long in your house!)

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