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ISSUE 75 July/August 2018 GOLD COAST

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C I A L: Raising a child who â?¤ the planet

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Family owned with female dentist and oral health therapist / oral myologist

NEW DENTAL SERVICE GOES BEYOND YOUR TEETH

Going to the dentist isn’t just about brushing your teeth and cavity protection! Family owned Gold Coast Dental and Denture Centre is excited to launch the only dedicated area and special program for children with nonnutritive habits. The centre will be the only certified practice on the Gold Coast to offer the ‘Thumb Sucking Program’. Owners James and Imola Foster pride themselves on creating a child friendly environment and along with Dr Philippa McCarron their aim is to help children grow healthy teeth and jaws into adulthood. “Our team and practice has grown from a denture clinic to a family practice with a passion for early intervention, developmental assessment and detecting

growth in children’s oral health,” said Imola Foster. “We are parents of young children ourselves and the passion has come from lack of services for early years’ intervention.” Additional services offered include: • Tongue Tie assessment and release with laser. • Oral Myology – developing good oral habits around correct breathing, swallowing and oral habits. • Pre-orthodontic treatment with the Myobrace system. Imola and Dr McCarrons’ goal as mothers and providers is to help young children and families achieve the best growth of their child’s jaws.

CERTIFIED THUMB SUCKING CESATION PROGRAM AND DEDICATED CHILDREN’S TREATMENT AREA LAUNCHING IN AUGUST

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WELCOME

DON’T LOT

Throughout my day, I chat to a of people about the world of parenthood. And the range of stories I hear about the journey women (and men!) have taken to get there never ceases to amaze me. No two stories are the same; some are joyful, but so many are peppered with heartbreak. I always make sure I take a moment to stop and listen to every story, because I believe sharing these tales and connecting over these experiences is a huge part of the parent we all need to foster. For so many, the path to motherhood is not an easy one. Maybe it’s because they’ve not been in a position to start a family until later in life, and therefore the journey is unavoidably more challenging. Or maybe because falling pregnant, staying pregnant and giving birth is not as easy as the movies lead us to believe! (We remember that episode of Friends when Phoebe popped out triplets without breaking a sweat, right?) I’m one of the many who had a rough road, with multiple (m-u-u-u-u-u-l-t-i-p-l-e) miscarriages to work through and two incredibly harrowing emergency caesareans to eventually become mama to two batsh*t crazy kiddies. And I’ll be honest, there have been days when I wonder if the fertility gods had chosen #2 and #5 instead, they may have been less testing on my nerves! But guilt over wanting and then kinda not wanting my children I’ll save for another time!

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But what I realised whilst riding my own fertility rollercoaster, was that no one talked about it. I lost count of the number of times people asked me when I was going to have a second child. If they only knew of the effort and heartbreak that was going on behind the scenes to make that happen. I didn’t tell them, I never felt I could. Whether trying to conceive for a long time, going through assisted reproductive treatment, adoption, surrogacy, or simply giving up and accepting the hand dealt, if you have young children there will likely be someone in your circle who is going through one of these trials right now. The last one is something that never fully goes away. Why am I opening my heart about fertility, you ask? Well we have a huge this issue, where we look at the facts about infertility and the mental health implications of that unspoken world. Hopefully it might start a conversation in your own circles. And the main feature this issue is our – another topic very close to my heart, but you’ll need to read the magazine to find out all about that … as I’ve run out of room here! Do you have a story to share? Just drop me an email at inbox@shoremedia.com.au. And don’t forget to join the conversation on Facebook! Happy winter!

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CONTENTS

Features 23

ECO LIVING SPECIAL: The simple switches we can all make for an ecofriendly home.

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FERTILITY: We chat to the experts and delve into the unspoken world of fertility.

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PLAY: Want to bring play back to nature? Create your own nature play space!

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FROM THE EDITOR .................................................................................................................. 3 WHAT’S ON: The best local events for July and August......................................................... 6 THINGS TO DO: The countdown is on to the Horizon Festival............................................. 7 LOCAL NEWS: The latest news in your area ............................................................................ 8 NEW BUSINESS: Local businesses to enhance your kid-sized life ...................................... 11 NOTICEBOARD: All the news and achievements from our local schools .......................... 12 EDUCATION PROFILE: We put the spotlight on King’s Christian College........................ 14 CHECK THIS OUT: The latest products topping our #want list!......................................... 16 EDUCATION: What is the International Baccalaureate?....................................................... 19 LOCAL LIFE: Meet Willo Ford, on a mission to change lives for single parent families.... 34 CLASSIFIEDS: Local products and services ........................................................................... 39 REVIEWS: This season’s movies, books and apps .................................................................. 42 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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2 to 15 July Pacific Fair pacificfair.com.au Pacific Fair is transforming into the home of everything Nickelodeon these school holidays! Kids can enjoy a range of free Nickelodeon play zones featuring their favourite Nickelodeon characters: Shimmer and Shine, Rusty Rivets, Paw Patrol and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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HORIZON FESTIVAL 24 August to 2 September. horizonfestival.com.au The countdown has begun to Horizon Festival 2018, when the Sunshine Coast will come alive over 10 arts-fuelled days from August 24 to September 2. The program is packed with performance, visual art, music, film, dance, comedy, immersive technologies and more, with a whole range of events for families and kids of all ages.

PEAKS TO POINTS FAMILY DAY 15 July, 10am–3pm Oxley Creek Common, Rocklea peakstopoints.com.au The Peaks to Points Festival Family Day presented by Brisbane Market Place returns on Sunday 15 July! The day will feature live local entertainment including the Street Science stage show. The show will follow with a hands-on science sherbet making workshop. There will be free kids’ arts and crafts, face painting, a baby animal farm, jumping castle and much more. And get your hands dirty with Little Green Thumbs! Where kids can plant, create and take home their very own plant.

Free ice skating

To 15 July Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Indooroopilly indooroopillyshopping.com.au Get your skates on and visit Brisbane’s only free ice skating rink and tobogganing these school holidays at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. Now you can shop and skate all in one place! With free entry and no need for bookings, the whole family can enjoy some winter magic, without the price tag. With staff on hand to help the kids out as well as all the gear provided, it’s a great ‘stress free’ holiday activity and an amazing chance to try out something new.

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Josephine wants to dance!

3 to 4 September HOTA, Home of the Arts hota.com.au A story about dreams, believing in yourself... and a dancing kangaroo. Josephine Wants to Dance is a brand new Australian musical based on the hugely popular picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Perfect for young audiences from 4 to 9 years and their families, this hilarious performance brings to life a tale about a bush kangaroo you’ll never forget!

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THINGS TO DO

HORIZON FESTIVAL Horizon Festival 2018

The countdown has begun to , when the Sunshine Coast will come alive over 10 arts-fuelled days from August 24 to September 2. And there’s a whole range of events for families and kids of all ages. JOSEPHINE WANTS TO DANCE

SECRET SPACES, HIDING PLACES

THE WHALE’S TALE

Ages 4+ Josephine is a kangaroo – who loves to dance. When a ballet troupe comes to town, Josephine is mesmerised – she sneaks into town to peer through the windows as the dancers rehearse, then Josephine goes home and practices all night until she knows the dance by heart. On the day of the first performance the ballet company was in trouble and Josephine’s talents are called upon to help save the day. Can she do it, and more importantly, does it matter that she’s a kangaroo? Date: Fri 31 Aug; 10am and 12:30pm Location: Lake Kawana Community Centre Price: General $20, Group of 4 (at least 2 kids) $70, Under 2 on the knee for free

Ages 2+ Come and create secret spaces and hiding places for the children and native animals of the Sunshine Coast. Kids can bring along their favourite stuffed toy animals and work together to build bamboo habitats, teepees and cubby houses for themselves and their furry friends. Date: Mon 27 Aug; 9:30–11:30am Location: Buderim Forest Park Price: $15

All ages Immerse yourself in The Whale’s Tale as you watch from the shore, or submerge yourself in this underwater playground full of surprises. Ever wonder what it’s like to be swallowed whole? It’s time to put on your shrimp helmet, take a deep breath, and dive inside the massive jaws of Manilayo, the humpback whale. Highly interactive, full of riotous slapstick and extremely playful, The Whale’s Tale is an environmental tale to warm the heart, with reflections about the consequences of our actions. It has been forecast that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. The Whale’s Tale is a rollicking journey that will leave you and your children wanting to make a difference. Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens When: Fri 24–Sun 26 Aug; 11am & 2pm Price: Free

THE BOOKBINDER PATTERNS IN THE LANDSCAPE – TIDAL

STRING SYMPHONY All ages String Symphony is a mesmerising performance that invites audience members to become puppeteers. As the participants manipulate the giant interactive puppet, onlookers marvel at the beauty of this magnificent creation. Cotton Tree Park, Cotton Tree Parade Date: Fri 24 Aug, 4–8pm; Sat 25–Wed 29 Aug, 2–8pm Harmony, Harmony Boulevard, Palmview Date: Fri 31 Aug– Sun 2 Sept; 2–8pm Price: Free

All ages A performative environmental installation on spectacular Sunshine Coast beaches. This event will explore our relationship with landscape through the synergy of art and movement. Fluid large-scale artworks will be inscribed on the sand by performers, revealing patterns and markings through coordinated movement and interaction. Witness a connection to the landscape – both ephemeral and memorable. A reminder of the transience of our valuable unique environment. Happy Valley Beach, Caloundra When: Sat 25 Aug; 10.30am–1.30pm First Bay, Coolum When: Sun 26 Aug; 10.50am–1.50pm Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba When: Wed 29 Aug; 12.30–3.30pm Price: Free

Ages 8+ An old man sits down to read the tale of an erstwhile bookbinding apprentice. As he speaks the story spills from the pages and into the bindery - from pop-up book to puppetry, storytelling to live action – weaving an original dark fairytale in the vein of Neil Gaiman. From writer/performer Ralph McCubbin Howell, and director/designer Hannah Smith, The Bookbinder is an inventive one-man performance for adults and older children. Blackbox Theatre, Nambour When: Fri 24 Aug; 6:30pm Sat 25 Aug; 2pm and 6.30pm Sun 26 Aug; 6pm Price: Adults $25, Kids $15

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KNOW? NEW DENTAL SERVICE FOR THUMB SUCKING AND DUMMIES THE AMOUNT OF WATER ON EARTH IS CONSTANT AND CONTINUALLY RECYCLED, SO SOME OF THE WATER YOU DRINK WILL HAVE PASSED THROUGH A DINOSAUR!

27,000 TREES ARE CUT DOWN EVERY DAY, JUST SO WE CAN HAVE TOILET PAPER.

Plastic takes 450 years to begin decomposing, meaning that every piece of plastic ever made hasn’t even started to decompose yet. RECYCLING ONE ALUMINIUM CAN WILL SAVE ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO POWER A TV FOR 3 HOURS. IT TAKES 25 RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES TO MAKE A BRAND-NEW FLEECE JACKET! Australia has one of the highest waste generation per capita, with the average Australian household producing approximately 400kg of waste per year.

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Going to the dentist isn’t just about brushing your teeth and cavity protection! Family owned Gold Coast Dental and Denture Centre is excited to launch the only dedicated area and special program for children with nonnutritive habits (thumb sucking and dummies). The centre will be the only certified practice on the Gold Coast to offer the ‘Thumb Sucking Program’. Owners James and Imola Foster pride themselves on creating a child friendly environment and along with Dr Philippa McCarron their aim is to help children grow healthy teeth and jaws into adulthood. “Our team and practice has grown from a denture clinic to a family practice with a passion for early intervention, developmental assessment and detecting growth in children’s oral health,” said Imola Foster. “We are parents of young children ourselves and the passion has come from lack of services for early years’ intervention.” Additional services offered include: • Tongue Tie assessment and release with laser. • Oral Myology – developing good oral habits around correct breathing, swallowing and oral habits. • Pre-orthodontic treatment with the Myobrace system. Imola and Dr McCarrons’ goal as mothers and providers is to help young children and families achieve the best growth of their child’s jaws. For more information head to gcdentalcentre.com.au or call (07) 5532 4168.

Ecoasia works like any other search engine, but the income generated from Search ads is used to plant trees. Search engines such as Google make an incredible amount of money from internet advertising (2017 Google revenue was $109.65 billion US). Thanks to its fast-growing user-base, Ecoasia has been able to finance the planting of more than 25 million trees in 16 different countries worldwide. Ecosia’s founder and CEO, Christian Kroll said, “I want to work on products that will help restore the planet rather than exploit it any further. Capitalism is a very powerful force, but it also leads to a lot of destruction. “Our user-base is tiny compared to Google. Still, we have already planted close to 30 million trees, which have had big impact. The more people use us and the more businesses get inspired to also part with their profits, the more we stand a chance of actually turning this thing around.” So far, more than 30,000 people have directly benefited from the trees that Ecosia plants –through employment, better harvests, clean water, or protection against droughts, erosion and landslides. And by restoring their natural habitat, the trees planted by Ecosia also help save endangered species (like OrangUtans, Chimpanzees and Lemurs). One search with Ecosia neutralises 1kg of CO2 emissions, and if Ecosia had just 1 per cent share of the global search market, the social business could plant 1 billion trees by 2020. If that’s not enough, Ecosia is 100 per cent CO2 neutral and powered by 100 per cent renewable energy thanks to running its own solar plant. Find out more at ecosia.org.

PLANT TREES WHILST YOU SURF A new search engine has hit the streets, that invests 100 per cent of its profits into reforestation projects all over the world. kidsonthecoast .com.au • kidsinthecit y.com.au


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Shop sales and PYO

Open June to November Ph: 07 5494 5146 Fax: 07 5494 5425 Email: info@strawberryfields.com.au

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GOLD COAST’S FIRST BABY MASSAGE, SPA AND WELLNESS CENTRE

Our Baby Massage, Spa and Wellness Centre offers parents with their babies a range of natural, holistic activities and classes designed to support both physiological and psychological health as well as encourage bonding and attachment.

With a vast range of evidence outlying the benefits of infant massage and water immersion for all babies, especially those who suffer from an array of difficulties from Colic to sleeping troubles, why not bring your most precious loved one in to meet our Baby Bubble Family.

110 Old Pacific Highway

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NEW

BUSINESS Local businesses to enhance your kid-sized life

BUBBLICIOUS BABIES

Brisbane and Gold Coast mums and bubs now have a new wellness centre to nurture them in the delicate early days of parenthood. My Baby Bubble Spa is a massage, spa and wellness centre offering both parents and babies a range of natural and holistic activities through baby massage, water immersion and wellness classes.

KEEPING FAMILIES ROCKING & ROLLING

“A child once mentioned to us that while many bubbles have different meanings, the ‘bubble of protection’ highly aided him the most in feeling safe and secure.” said Julie, the owner of My Baby Bubble Spa. “It is this feeling that My Baby Bubble Spa wants to nurture in mothers and babies, helping them through their parenting journey while supporting their developmental start in life. We want to create an environment that supports the health and wellbeing of babies and their families as well as that of the wider community.” Along with the spa and massage, My Baby Bubble Spa also has a wellness room where they hold mums and bubs yoga classes, children’s yoga, tiny tots dancing, counselling, support, advocacy and education programs along with preand postnatal massage for mums. With 80 per cent of the team being trained and experienced nurses and midwives you can be sure your baby is in great care. The My Baby Bubble Spa centre is designed to provide support and opportunities for parents whilst providing their most precious child with the best optimal start in life. Find out more at mybabybubblespa.com.au. kidsonthecoast .com.au • kidsinthecit y.com.au

Love festivals? Now having kids doesn’t have to stop the party! After creating their own festival wagon to attend a muddy Byron Bay Bluesfest with their then 2- and 1-year old, Rob and Beth launched Rock & Roller Wagons. “Our five days at Bluesfest with the wagon we created was brilliant – our kids were well rested (as they could sleep soundly on the go), and our family was mud-free! Once nightfall came, we tucked the kids up under a cosy blanket, and Rob and I could stay for as long as we liked, listening to our favourite music and enjoying a wine or two!” Rock & Roller Wagon are now hiring Festival Wagons at two of the nation’s biggest and best music festivals: Splendour In The Grass and Woodford Folk Festival, with plans to venture into Victorian festivals at the end of the year, attending The Lost Lands, Rainbow Serpent, Healesville Music Festival and others. “We’ve had so much love from people all around the country, finding that a Festival Wagon has changed their festival experience as a family. We’re so proud to help our #partyparents share their love of live music with their kids, in a safe way!” Find them at Insta @rockandrollerwagons, Facebook @Rock & Roller Wagons, or at rockandrollerwagons.com.

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practice has a modern child-friendly waiting room, plenty of pram-friendly parking, baby change facilities, and friendly staff who understand what it’s like to take your child to the doctors. The practice provides longer appointments to ensure you have the time you need with the doctor, and promise that the doctors will always aim to run to schedule – so there’s no lengthy wait times. Most importantly, all the GPs have a special interest in children’s medicine, and the expertise to work with children with more complex needs such as ADHD and autism. There is also a paediatric nurse on site too. “We know that getting to the GP with a sick child can be hard,” said GP Tania Burgess. “So, we wanted to set up a practice that focuses on the health and wellbeing of infants, children and adolescents, making medical care much easier for parents.” The practice sees children for all manner of issues, whether it’s help with common medical illnesses, immunisations, newborn baby care, emotional wellbeing, complex care coordination, or behavioural problems. “We see babies through to teenagers, from toddler earaches to adolescent anxiety, and we will always fit in acutely unwell children on the day.” Being a new practice, they are starting to fill up their books now. Find out more at brisbanekidsgeneralpractice.com.au.

A GP JUST FOR KIDS A general practice designed specifically for kids has opened in Woolloongabba, meeting the medical needs of families and children across the city. Located near to Lady Cilento Hospital and the Mater Hospital, the brand-new JULY / AUGUST 2018

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All the news and achievements from our local schools “With the pressures of modern life, our hope is that with this time, parents will dedicate two hours to themselves,” said Rebecca Willcox, co-owner and teacher. “Whether that time is spent getting the groceries in peace or gaining some peace from a yoga class, we want parents to feel that during this personal time their little ones are learning and growing with us.” Little Sprouts is now open at Mermaid Waters and Labrador. More information at littlesproutseducare.com.au.

MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING RESPECT TO LOCAL KIDS SURF FOR LIFE Learning to surf is fun, empowering and teaches each person life-long skills. Surfing Services Australia has been given the opportunity to work closely with registered children’s charities by offering a free SurfGroms program to those children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in surfing. “Two of our children did the surf lessons organised by ASD4kids. One is very confident in the water and got right in. It was a fabulous introduction to surfing for him and he can’t wait to do it again.” said Leanne Johnson, mother of three. “Our daughter had a meltdown, however the instructors were so patient with her and waited for her to calm down before starting again. They made her feel so comfortable that she came away with a smile on her face and a feeling of accomplishment.” It is well documented that learning to surf has many therapeutic benefits to people who are underprivileged, unwell or have special needs. Learning to surf is a fantastic confidence builder and brings with it a great sense of achievement, responsibility and self-confidence. It empowers the individual and brings joy to the child and their family. Surfing also allows children to experience the wave of a lifetime by learning new skills and laughing along the way. All surfing equipment is included. Basic surf safety skills are learned. Anyone aged five and over is welcome! All sessions are held at Currumbin Alley. For more information, contact www.surfingservices.com.au.

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GROWING LITTLE MINDS WITH LITTLE SPROUTS A new educare program has launched on the Gold Coast with a focus on gentle school readiness. Children ages 3–5 can learn and grow through purposeful play and hands-on experiences that provide a gentle introduction to classroom dynamics. Zoe Walker-Munro co-owner and teacher said, “We believe Prep has taken a more structured approach to learning and children can struggle with the pressures of this gigantic leap into formal schooling. “These experiences will encourage the development of pre-literacy and numeracy skills, communication and cognitive skills, social and emotional skills, fine motor development, confidence building and resilience.” As well as school readiness, the new service hopes that the care program will also help mums find some much-needed balance.

A Gold Coast’s martial arts studio is offering classes to teach respect to local kids. Robert Clarkson, Chief Instructor of Baekjul Black Belt Academy said an increasing number of parents are turning to Taekwondo to help with discipline. “Parents are bringing kids to our studio to teach them a range of things such as standing up straight, speak when you are spoken to, and respect,” said Robert. “Martial arts is about more than defending yourself. It teaches children to have confidence in themselves, and to be respectful to those around them. It also gives kids confidence, that doesn’t just stay on the mat but carries on into their school work and focus in everyday life.” The modern fully-equipped studio in Southport offers a range of classes for kids including Taekwondo, Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu and Kwondo Kidz. More information at baekjulblackbelt.com.au.

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J US T AN N OU NC E D

Kindergarten on site

Coomera’s newest college will truly encourage individual excellence, whatever your child’s talents, plus offer a seamless transition from Prep through to Year 12. St Joseph’s College opens with Prep to Year 3 in Primary and Year 7 in Secondary. Demand for all Year levels is high, so if you are considering an affordable, quality co-educational education for your child, contact us today.

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EDUCATION

PROFILE

MEET THE PRINCIPAL

King’s Christian College is a modern school with traditional, proven Christian values. We meet Pimpama Campus to find out more about this vibrant, growing school.

Principal Mr Russell Meyers

TELL US ABOUT KING’S CHRISTIAN COLLEGE? King’s Christian College is set on two Gold Coast campuses: Reedy Creek that opened in 1980 which is home to childcare (from age 2½) and Prep to Year 12; and Pimpama campus that opened in 2015 which has childcare and primary school. High school at Pimpama starts in 2019. We are a Christian school, where all staff are church-going Christians, and the majority of families are too.

WHAT IS THE VISION OF THE SCHOOL? Our Mission Statement is “Educating students in Christian leadership for tomorrow’s generation”. We focus heavily on character development. There is a saying that ‘Your qualifications will get you the job, but it is your character and attitude that will determine if you succeed’. In every classroom, you will see a set of foundational values. These are the values that drive everything we do in the school. Our goal is to produce graduates who provide leadership through their character in whatever area of life they are involved in. We aim to complement the role of parents, by providing a school environment that is

safe, considerate and encouraging. We actively encourage each student to reach their potential, and to grow into the person God desires of him/her.

WHY DO YOU FEEL PARENTS CHOOSE KING’S CHRISTIAN COLLEGE? Our academic results are above state and national averages, and we have a wealth of extracurricular activities that run before and after school. We also have a fantastic pre-prep program that helps children prepare for the start of school and allow a smooth transition into Prep. Both campuses also have playgroups that meet regularly, allowing parents and children to form friendships at an early age. But mostly, the school has gained an enviable reputation for the atmosphere of care and support it offers. Our teachers have a passionate commitment to nurture these young people into becoming successful, confident adults who believe they can make a positive impact on the future of their given worlds.

WHAT EDUCATION PROGRAMS DO YOU OFFER? The College provides a great diversity in

education, with programs designed to inspire and challenge. King’s Early Learning provides the foundations for learning. Children learn the social and emotional skills as well as early literacy and numeracy skills they will need when they start Prep. Primary school is a fun, stimulating and a growing experience. While there is major focus on each student acquiring a sound knowledge of literacy and numeracy skills, students learn contemporary IT skills, grow in their knowledge of the arts and most importantly, grow in Christian character. Project Based Learning is introduced to students in Year 5. This innovative approach allows students to learn and apply their knowledge to real life projects. High school at King’s has a reputation for developing young adults of character. A variety of academic pathways is available for students – pathways that lead to university entrance, learning a trade or business entrepreneurship. A full academic program, inter-school sports competition, weekly co-curricular activities, chapel, diverse performing arts and music programs and a host of other activities ensure that there is a rich learning environment for each student.

To find out more about King’s Christian College head to kingscollege.qld.edu.au or call (07) 5587 7600.

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Castle & Kite Craft Box Imagine craft time that is fun, requires no preparation, is individually organised and has minimal mess! Castle and Kite’s boxes are designed by a teacher, are age appropriately themed and are full of stimulating activities that develop fine motor skills, encourage self-expression and inspire creative thinking. Each box is themed so your little ones can explore new and exciting topics that will generate curiosity and discussion. Each box includes 6–9 activities that are individually packaged so craft time is unique and has a purpose. Activities are achievable for ages 3–6 years and have been designed so children can complete them independently. From $35 per box (includes shipping); subscriptions available. castleandkite.com

The Ninja Built for budding ninja warriors and parkour champions, The Ninja comes complete with all the climbing, pull-up, swinging, boxing and strength building equipment that can be attached to train and have fun in your own backyard. With a height-adjustable monkey bar as its core, the fully galvanised steel frame doesn’t need to be cemented in thanks to Funky Monkey Bar’s unique patent design and stabilising bars that secure the frame.The Ninja is load-rated to 760 kg and is tough enough for big kids and adults to use for fun and training. RRP $3,455 with Funky Ninja Accessories ranging $125 to $275. funkymonkeybars.com

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A Castle & Kite Craft Box! Just head over to our website to enter the draw! Frozen Sunshine ice pops The first artisan ice-pop business in Queensland is expanding its range to soon be in grocery stores across the region! Bringing their favourite flavours together in a pack of four, you can now have these much-loved ice-blocks in your own freezer, so you can enjoy that summer feeling… all year round. Made from all-natural ingredients including 100% Australian fresh whole fruit or juice, they are not only delicious but they are also dairy free, gluten free, egg free, and nut free, making them perfect for vegans and people living with food allergies and intolerances. Check frozensunshine.com.au for a stockist near you.

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Playmobil City Life Aquarium The City Life Aquarium is the latest set from the fabulous long-standing Playmobil range. The main set includes visitor terrace, deep sea cave, panoramic windows, three figures, coral, fish, seals, and plenty of fun props for realistic, fun, realistic, openended play. The aquarium can be filled with water to make things extra splashy! Accessory kits can be added to complement your aquarium such as a penguin enclosure an Aquarium Shop and assorted sea animals. RRP: $84.99. rainbowfun.com.au

Love Mae bamboo dinnerware From start to heart, Love Mae strives to ethically bring beauty and functionality to the world of kid-focused décor, dinnerware and design. Based in the creative haven of Byron Bay, Love Mae’s thoughtful designs and playful patterns appeal to the young and the young at heart. This Fox & Friends 5pc Bamboo dinnerware set is a fan favourite, especially as it’s 100% biodegradable, toxin-free and manufactured with the lightest possible planetary footprint. RRP $37.95. evolveperegianbeach.com.au

Sensory jewellery Designed to alleviate anxiety, nail biting and meet sensory processing demands and special needs, Jellystone Juniors silicone jewellery is a cool range of pendant designs designed for children ages 3 plus. With a fabulous soft feeling and texture, the jewellery is non-toxic, BPA-free and easy to clean. Plus, pendants are fitted with a breakaway clasp for added safety. From robots and shark teeth to rainbows and love hearts, there’s a design for everyone! RRP $14.95. jellystonedesigns.com.au

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‘It Starts with a Wish’ Fertility Giftbox A stunningly packaged gift box of carefully selected products for a woman going through the fertility journey of trying to start a family as well as newly pregnant. Whether IVF, egg donors, surrogates or adoption The perfect gift to help her relax and show your support or thanks. Includes pregnancy-safe tea, non-scented products, toxin free, all packaged with love aimed to rejuvenate and refresh. $129. fertilehorizons.com.au

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Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle

A Catholic education ensures your child is engaged, challenged and provided with clear expectations. We know your child is unique and with individual attention, we uncover their hidden talents. All our teachers seek opportunities for every student’s progress and Brisbane Catholic Education sets ambitious targets for improving classroom performance. Find out more about a Brisbane Catholic Education for your child.

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EDUCATION

What IS the International Baccalaureate? With now over one million students undertaking International Baccalaureate

(IB) programmes worldwide, it’s no surprise the IB is gaining more and more traction in Australia as a popular alternative to state curricula. Celebrating its 50th year, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme has long been recognised and commended for its academic breadth and depth. The IB’s balanced approach with a focus on personal growth and wellbeing ensures students are educated beyond the classroom to truly become lifelong learners. The IB was established with the aim to provide an internationally accepted pre-tertiary qualification for increasingly mobile young people with parents active in diplomacy, international and multi-national organisations. As a not-for-profit foundation, the IB is “… motivated by its mission to create a better world through education.” The programme emphasises the importance of being an active and compassionate citizen, helping students realise their role within a global community. With a curriculum based around ten key learner attributes, the IB is designed to develop students as lifelong learners who identify as Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective. The IB Diploma’s balanced approach to education provides

flexibility within structure, enabling students to select subjects from six major disciplines. Students explore each area of the curriculum from a global perspective, developing critical inquiry skills that are carried seamlessly from one class to the next. Subjects become integrated, creating a more comprehensive learning experience. Intercultural understanding is promoted within the IB framework through the mandatory acquired language component of the course. Additionally, unique to the IB diploma is the inclusion of the “innercore”; three additional key components that work toward developing the whole person, providing the educational edge when compared with other curricula. This integral part of the programme comprises Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), and the Extended Essay (EE). Theory of Knowledge (TOK) encourages students to delve deeper into their learning, promoting curiosity and investigation. Students learn to question information sources and analyse the roots of their knowledge, better preparing them for university-level research later

“AS EMERGENT GLOBAL CITIZENS, IB LEARNERS RECOGNISE THEIR COMMON HUMANITY AND SHARED GUARDIANSHIP OF THE PLANET AND HELP TO CREATE A BETTER AND MORE PEACEFUL WORLD.”

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in life. This heightened ability to explore and evaluate facilitates the development of analytical skills that are not only invaluable in a workplace environment, but also day-to-day problem solving. Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) supports experiential learning whereby students use their skills in ingenuity and innovation to positively contribute to local and global communities and achieve personal growth through their efforts. CAS learning can take the form of student-led advocacy initiatives that can prove to be remarkably impactful with the support of peers and mentors. CAS gives students a perspective on the world, their place in it, and the drive to consider, plan, act, and reflect. These valuable life-skills distinguish IB alumni in the university admissions process and workplace. Providing some of the most practical university preparation, the Extended Essay (EE) is an immersive research project which comprises independent research and excellent organisational skills that culminate in a 4000-word essay. Tertiary education institutions around the globe have long recognised the immense value of an IB education, noting its ability to prepare students to excel at university due to its rigour and depth. The IB Diploma qualification itself is internationally benchmarked, opening worldwide opportunities for further education. More and more Australian schools are beginning to offer the IB curriculum, with most running the programme alongside state and national curricula. At the Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus in Kelvin Grove, the IB is the only available curriculum. “Students seek and benefit from collaborating and completing the IB together, strengthening our school community spirit of

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like-mindedness and peer support,” says Principal Gavin Bryce, Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus. The IB allows students to develop as independent learners, fostering growth in inquisitiveness and interpretation as key cognitive assets. IB graduates establish learning as a life-long habit, and easily transfer their skills in collaboration and creative thinking to their career and social environments. With greater opportunities to engage in the global workplace, the IB Diploma recognises that the world is increasingly borderless and graduates must be prepared to balance their local and national identity with an international mindset. This is achieved by learning to see the world from different cultural perspectives. Students develop an international outlook through the acquisition of another language, and engaging in inquiry, action and reflection on locally and globally significant issues across the curriculum. For students, success in the IB often results in advanced standing, course credit, scholarships, and other admissions related benefits at many universities. Locally, this includes Queensland universities such as Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, and The University of Queensland. The IB Diploma enjoys a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions for its established credibility in educating the whole person as an independent global thinker. Jessica Doyle and Joanna Evans, Communications & International Baccalaureate Programs, Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus (QACI), Kelvin Grove.

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ECO LIVING

Eco living 12 simple switches for a

waste-free home

ONE OF THE SIMPLEST WAYS WE CAN ALL MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE TO THE HEALTH OF OUR PLANET IS TO REDUCE OUR EVERYDAY HOUSEHOLD WASTE. AND EVEN AS TIME-POOR FAMILIES, THERE ARE MANY EASY SWITCHES WE CAN MAKE THAT DON’T COST THE EARTH!

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Get a stash of reusable water bottles Over 480 billion plastic bottles were sold in 2016. By 2021, this is expected to rise to 583.3 billion. While they can be recycled, when you buy a reusable water bottle, you’re purchasing Klean Kanteen Kid Classic Sport water something that’s much bottle $28.95 kinder to the planet and won’t leach nasty chemicals into your drinks like the single-use plastic bottles are known to do.

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Compost compost compost

Though food scraps do break down, when food waste breaks down in a landfill environment it becomes the main contributor of methane gas. A typical Brisbane household sends more than 260kg of food to landfill each year. If food waste was stopped in NSW, it would be like taking 117,000 cars off the road!

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Invest in reusable straws Six billion disposable plastic straws are used Ever Eco around the world every day. stainless steel straws, McDonalds has vowed to 4 pack, remove plastic straws from $16.95 $18.95 their UK restaurants. The Queen has rid them from her estates. It’s time to do the same in our own homes and daily habits.

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Use beeswax wraps for school lunches A genius invention that we forgot about for a century or so. Our great grandparents were using these before plastic cling film took over as our go-to food storage solution. It’s time to go back to the old school! Beeswax wraps are a safe, hygienic and environmentallyfriendly alternative to plastic wrap. The fun designs make them perfect for school lunches. 3 pack Wrappa beeswax wraps, $35.00

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Do the family shop with reusable shopping bags On average, a plastic bag is used for 12 minutes and takes 1,000 years to break down. With Woolies and Coles committed to phasing plastic bags out of their stores, it’s time to say goodbye to plastic and hello to eco chic reusables.

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By running a family compost you can keep the food waste out of the bins and recycle it back into the earth, improving soil conditions in the process. If you have space in the garden, set up an outdoor compost, this can recycle your food scraps and any garden clippings, and your veggie patch will love it! However, if you don’t have an outdoor space, you can still reduce your food waste with either a worm farm and/or an Indoor Bokashi composting bin.

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Try cloth Designer Bums nappies cloth nappies, $34.95 Disposable nappies are the third largest consumer item in landfill! And it takes hundreds of years for conventional nappies to decompose. Cloth nappies have come a long way in recent years and are now available in gorgeous patterns and prints, easy-to-use styles, and simpler-than-ever care instructions.

Don't stop at reusable shopping bags… Get some reusable produce bags too! Transporting and keeping food stored in plastic produce bags suffocates it and speeds up the decay process. Reusable produce bags come in breathable mesh and cotton designs that not only help you ditch the single-use plastic, but also care for your food. Ever Eco netted cotton shopping bag, short handle, $12.95 4 pack Ever Eco Recycled rPet mesh produce bags, $13.95

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Switch to eco scrubbing brushes When mainstream plastic scrubbing brushes and sponges become worn and brittle, pieces of them break off and send micro plastic pollution down our drains, into our water systems. Eco scrubbing brushes are they answer and they’re so much nicer to use!

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Try bamboo toothbrushes Plastic toothbrushes are among the top offenders found in beach clean ups across Australia and Indonesia. They also cause recycling confusion and more often than not, make their way straight to landfill where they’ll take 500 years to break down.

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Rethink food storage While it may seem safe to allow our food to be stored in plastic, new research on the chemicals found in plastic suggests we should be more careful. Stainless steel is the safer option for our Ever Eco Bento kids and our planet.

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Bamboo Toothbrush, Kids Ultra Soft, White, $6.45

There are some gorgeous bamboo toothbrushes available today, some also with different coloured bristles so you can keep your family colour-coding on point.

Reusable baby wipes Did you know there was such a thing? They’re a hassle-free and easy alternative to disposable baby wipes that are healthy for baby, safe for the environment, and better for your wallet!

Keep cups It is estimated Australians waste about 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year. A reusable coffee cup is a simple way to do your bit towards reducing that statistic. (Plus, the coffee tastes waaaaay better!)

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MAKE YOUR OWN LOX-TOX CLEANER

According to the National Toxics Network, indoor air can be up to 20 times more polluted than the air outside the home (yuk!). Cleaning products containing bleach, ammonia and chlorine can have a detrimental impact on your health and are especially important to avoid around children with asthma as they can irritate their airways. Another common ingredient in store bought sprays and air fresheners is synthetic fragrances and parfum which have been linked to hormone disruption in children. Thankfully it’s super easy to ditch those nasty sprays and make you own surface spray from things you may already have in your cupboard and a few essential oils. For a 500ml bottle*: • 1 cup of vinegar (home brand vinegar is fine, or go for the slightly more expensive fermented white vinegar) • 20 drops of essential oils (buy a reputable tested brand, I only use Doterra; you get what you pay for!) • Top up with distilled or purified water • Use with caution on marble or natural stone surfaces OR • 2 tablespoons of liquid Castile soap (found in health food shops and some pharmacies) • 20 drops of essential oils • Top up with distilled or purified water

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR CLEANING

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GREAT OIL COMBINATIONS TO TRY: • • • • •

Lemon and tea tree Lemon, wild orange and cinnamon Lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree Eucalyptus, tea tree and peppermint Wild orange, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary Play around with different combinations and have fun!

LEMON: Purifies and cleanses. Use to degrease and cut through stubborn stains. Great for removing sticky labels and stains. LAVENDER: Antibacterial and a great disinfectant. Pairs great with vinegar and has calming properties. WILD ORANGE: Great against grease and has a very uplifting scent. EUCALYPTUS: Natural germicide with clean purifying scent. TEA TREE: Fights germs, bacteria and viruses, also a great bug deterrent. ROSEMARY: Natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties. PEPPERMINT: Antibacterial and antiseptic properties with a cool invigorating scent. Deters ants and spiders. CINNAMON: Antibacterial and antiseptic, and powerful against mould. *Because of their high cleansing properties its recommended to only use glass bottles with essential oil or to have a PET1 or 2 plastic bottle. Using normal plastic may cause them to leach out harmful byproducts into your lovely home-made spray. If you accidentally get an essential oil in your eye then dilute with any carrier oil (i.e. coconut oil, olive oil, vegetable oil). Keep your spray out of direct sunlight.

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Two friends are on a mission to make the world a healthier place for kids. And they need your help! Two friends are on a mission to pull together a community to tackle some of the biggest health and environmental challenges threatening our kids.

planet. Together, as a collective, we can better our health, support the environment and help make the Earth a healthier place for future generations.”

Charlie Thompson, a self-confessed eco geek, and Georgia Lawson, a mum with a nutritional background, are the co-founders of The Clean Collective, a health-conscious, planet-loving community and shop.

They’ve pulled together the healthiest and kindest products for your family and our planet under one roof, guided by an ingredients and materials policy that they believe is the strictest in Australia. And they’ve partnered with Take 3 For The Sea to give their community a chance to remove plastic from the ocean with every purchase they make.

“We can only be as healthy as our planet and when we look at Earth and her inhabitants as one, we’re not as well as we could be,” says Charlie. “Up to 24% of health disorders are now linked to toxins like parabens, phthalates, and pesticides found in mainstream products, like skincare and household cleaners. And our waste is growing at double the rate of our population, with 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris believed to be in our ocean – harming our environment and threatening the health and sustainability of food chains for future generations.” Charlie and Georgia believe that everyone should have access to the information and solutions they need to create a healthier and kinder lifestyle. “The exciting reality is that we each have the power to change these scary statistics. With 72% of our total toxic exposure taking place in the home, we have personal control of nearly three quarters of the harmful toxins we’re coming into contact with,” explains Georgia. “We want to connect and inspire a collective of like-minded people with the savviest natural and eco solutions on the market, as well as the most upto-date and practical information, so they can make more informed purchases for their family and our kidsonthecoast .com.au • kidsinthecit y.com.au

By the end of 2018, their aim is to: •

Remove 10,000 pieces of plastic pollution from the environment or teach 330 kids about pollution through their partnership with Take 3 For The Sea.

Stop 12 kilolitres of toxic chemical products coming into contact with people and the planet.

Prevent 500,000 single-use disposable products from being used and going to landfill.

But they need your help. “We can only do this together. That’s why we’re passionate about building a community, not a supermarket. We even encourage people to buy less!” says Charlie. “If you’ve ever wanted to make positive social and environmental change, and to be involved in a kind community that celebrates every success, we’d love for you to join us!” With your help, this revolutionary website could pave the way for a brighter future.

A shop with a difference. A community with a mission. A voice for a better future. The Clean Collective is a parent’s #1 resource for creating a healthy, toxin-free environment for their family, while also bringing a vital bit of love and protection to our planet. By bringing together a collection of clean, eco-friendly family and household products under one happy roof, it easy to shop for necessities in less time, with zero worry. The Clean Collective stocks the cleanest and greenest personal, pregnancy, baby, kids, home and environmental care products on the market. But it’s much more than a shop; it’s a community that’s voting for a better future through its everyday habits and purchases.

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RAISING A CHILD WHO

loves the planet “The single best thing we can do for the environment is to raise better children.” Think of pretty much any skill, and the conventional wisdom will be to ‘teach them while they’re young’. As children, our brains are practically fresh sponges, ready to soak up any skill that might help us get by in later life. And since it is often the things we are taught to care about as a child that we end up valuing later in life – whether that be a strong work ethic, a tidy house, or an important career, we can assume the same conventional wisdom can be applied to living sustainably. Teaching our children to appreciate and care for their natural environment at a young age will embed values in them that will be reflected in their actions as an adult. But, amidst our busy lives, how do we ensure that the future generation is raised to be one that truly cares for the planet they will inherit?

LEAD BY EXAMPLE Living sustainably is a skill like any other and it can be said that one of the easiest ways to teach a child a new skill is to lead by example. A child can quickly develop good habits, if their role models choose to instill them, because they have not yet developed preconceived ideas about the way that things should be done. Thankfully it is easy to make caring for the environment part of your own daily life! • Swap and share items instead of buying new. • Turn off the light when you leave a room. • Conserve water by turning off the tap when brushing your teeth or by shortening shower times. • Plant a tree or a veggie patch. • Educate yourself on how to properly recycle.

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• Recycle cardboard waste into art projects – i.e. cardboard boxes, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons. • Donate old toys and clothes to those in need. • Reduce food waste by eating everything on your plate. • Reduce landfill by composting any uncooked food scraps.

GET OUTDOORS! The easiest way to teach a child to care about the environment is by allowing them to physically experience it and enjoy it. Taking your child out in nature to explore and play will help them develop a love for the outdoors and give them an appreciation for the way it can enrich their life. They will be spending less time in front of a screen and experiencing the joy of nature will give them incentive to want to protect their environment.

GET THEM INVOLVED There are many age-appropriate ways a child can get involved in living green. Younger children can help with simple tasks like separating paper and plastic, while older children can participate in community activities like beach clean ups. Habits like recycling or composting can be taught as soon as children are old enough to begin helping with household tasks. It will be no more difficult for them to learn to throw a piece of used cardboard into a recycling bin as into a rubbish bin, if it is explained to them from the start that this is where cardboard goes. Planting a small veggie garden is a fun and interactive way for children to learn where food comes from. You will be teaching them responsibility kidsonthecoast .com.au • kidsinthecit y.com.au


ECO LIVING by helping them to care for their plants and they will in turn get to experience the great sense of accomplishment that comes from turning a seed into something that can be eaten. You don’t need a lot of space as a veggie garden can be started in pots if you do not have a big yard. After planting your new garden, you might explain to your child just how long it takes for a beautiful big tree to grow, which will leave them with a whole new appreciation of the work that Mother Nature does and may make them feel sadness to see a beautiful big tree be cut down. By allowing your child to take part in these types of activities they will not only be learning the art of sustainability, but also many other invaluable life lessons: critical thinking, responsibility, creativity, compassion, and to be thrifty with their money. Not only this, they will also be taught the importance of personal health, plant health, basic sciences, math, and geography.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START… If learning good habits is easy when you’re young, the flipside must surely be that breaking bad habits is hard when you’re old. But the good news is, it is not impossible. And what better motivation could there be to break away from our unsustainable lifestyles than to leave a healthy and happy planet to our children? As Albus Dumbledore once said, “Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy”. If we instill good habits in our kids now, they won’t ever have to face the same dilemma. “TEACHING OUR CHILDREN IS THE BEST WAY TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET.”

KEEP IT POSITIVE Like everything with kids, it is important to avoid being too pushy and instead allow your children to develop opinions on their own. Let them ask questions and encourage their curiosity. Gently guiding them towards solutions will help them learn to develop their own problem-solving skills and will allow them to deepen their understanding of what they consider to be right and wrong. Try and keep things fun and light-hearted rather than putting too much focus on the negativity surrounding environmental issues. Let them know that there are many ways that they can be part of a solution rather than making them feel worried and helpless about all the problems.

By Kelly Armstrong, Little Beach Bums; littlebeachbums.com.au Little Beach Bums is a leading cloth nappy service on the Sunshine Coast. Delivering freshly laundered Global Organise Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton pre-fold nappies to families across the Sunshine Coast, they believe in living sustainably without sacrificing convenience.

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FERTILITY

THE FERTILITY

DILEMMA Everyone falls

Through our early years we are certainly led to believe this is the case, with sex education at school mostly about contraception, STDs and how NOT to fall pregnant. Therefore, years later, when you want to start a family, many couples have no idea how to do it (well… they know the ‘how’ but not the ‘when’!). A recent survey revealed that more than two-thirds of Australians do not know the ideal time to get pregnant. The narrow window when conception should occur, and the things to do to protect your fertility is not openly spoken about unless you are in the space of trying to fall pregnant. According to Professor Jane Fisher, a Clinical Psychologist with longstanding interests in the links between women's reproductive health and mental health, there are several factors that can reduce our fertility. There are changeable risk factors such as having a high BMI (which can affect fertility in both men and women), smoking, alcohol, diet. And there is age. Dr Fisher reported that people underestimate when fertility declines by about 10 years. She states that women’s fertility begins to decline at 30, and then more rapidly after 35; and men’s fertility just after 40. Today, approximately 22 per cent of kidsonthecoast .com.au • kidsinthecit y.com.au

pregnant at the drop of a hat, right…?

women aged 30 will never have children. One in 6 couples of reproductive age will be experience fertility problems. Dr Nicola Kettleton-Butler from Saltwater Medical believes that there are multiple reasons for these statistics. “Generally speaking, many women are now choosing to have children at an older age which shortens the fertility ‘window’,” Nicola explains. “The average age a woman is having her first birth in Australia is 29.1 years, which is amongst the oldest in the world. Unfortunately, fertility declines with age.” Dr James Orford, IVF Medical Director and Obstetrician-Gynaecologist at Fertility Solutions, believes there is a need for educating couples on when their fertile time is, when to try, how often, as well as counselling about background lifestyle factors. “The main thing we see is couples who are concerned how long it is taking to get pregnant,” says Dr Orford. “Some people are surprised how long it would take, or conversely some believe that two years is reasonable.” For a normally fertile couple, there is around a 1 in 5 chance per month of falling pregnant, so as a typical fertile couple it’s normal to take about 4 months to conceive.

“Sometimes couples come in simply for reassurance; others have been trying for some time and feel it’s time to look at the reasons why,” Dr Orford explains. “We will investigate why – such as natural history and health. Some results might lead us quickly to assisted reproduction. If there is no obvious cause, dependent on age, we could try some alternative treatments.” • 1 in 35 men will have a fertility issue, one in 25 men are thought to suffer from low sperm count. • Females over 35 have a one in three chance of having fertility issues. • The ability to conceive starts to fall around the age of 32 years. • At age 30, chance of conceiving is around 20% each month. • At age 40 it is around 5%.

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FERTILITY infertility – where the increase in age since having the first child has led to them not managing to conceive a second child naturally. If you have any concerns about fertility, Dr Kettleton-Butler recommends seeing your GP as soon as possible. “Your GP is the first point of call to get the ball rolling. As the causes of infertility are often complex, it’s important to ensure there are no underlying medical conditions that are impacting on fertility,” says Dr Kettleton-Butler. “The GP can also organise a referral to a fertility specialist if needed.” Dr Orford agrees saying, “Age is important. If you are in your thirties, rather than keep trying past six months, seek help. You might spend three or four years trying, and in that time there is a decline in fertility. It may not lead to treatment or assisted reproduction, but it’s important to get that information and know whether there is a problem.”

WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS? Endometriosis is a common disorder found in around 1 in 6 women that can cause pain and infertility. It is when the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus. Symptoms include pelvic pain, painful intercourse, excessive bleeding, urinary problems, fatigue. It can be treated with medication or with surgery, talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.

Dr Nicola Kettleton-Butler is Practice Principal and co-founder of Saltwater Medical, Sunshine Coast. saltwatermedical.com.au Dr James Orford is IVF Medical Director and Obstetrician-Gynaecologist at Fertility Solutions Sunshine Coast, and Fertility Solutions Bundaberg. fertilitysolutions.com.au

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THE MENTAL HEALTH IMPLICATIONS OF

y t i l i t r Infe There is significant literature available regarding possible causes of infertility and assisted reproductive programs available to address infertility, but what about the mental health implications for women who are unable to fall pregnant naturally? Suzy is a 39-year-old female who has tried to become pregnant for 6 years. Her infertility has caused difficulties in the relationship with her husband, has caused her to withdraw from social circles and she has become avoidant of any situation that involves a pregnant person and a new mum with a baby. She tries to be happy for her friends who fall pregnant however, when she gets home she cries and finds it hard to get out of bed for a few days. Every IVF cycle she attempts, her depression becomes more severe. Sound familiar? So, what are the psychological implications of infertility? By definition, infertility can be identified only when it has lasted at least a year. Unlike other adverse life events, which may have a clear resolution, infertility is regarded as uniquely stressful because it can last for many years and for many, will not be resolved. (Beaurepaire et all, 1994). Infertility and its treatments, collectively known as assisted reproductive technology (ART), are psychologically demanding life experiences. Fertility difficulties often result in feelings of sadness, guilt, emptiness, and social isolation amongst women and men. Treatments with ART are physically demanding, at least for the woman, and accompanied by successive feelings of hope and despair, which is exacerbated when several treatment cycles are undertaken. Psychological distress is compounded by uncertainty about

treatment success and particular phases of treatment are associated with especially heightened needs for emotional support. Infertility can also be about disenfranchised losses: loss of pregnancy, childbirth and the opportunity to be a parent and grandparent. Fertility difficulties can also exert a negative effect on quality of life, compromising planning and commitment to other activities. So, what can we do to support men and women through fertility issues? Good clinical practice for fertility professionals working in this space involves much more than the essential biomedical and technical competence. It requires a set of acquired skills that promotes patients’ wellbeing and includes empathy, honesty, respect, effective communication, non-judgmental language, patient involvement, and emotional support. Fortunately, psychological interventions, especially those emphasising stress management and coping-skills training, have been shown to have beneficial effects for infertility patients. Counselling with professionals trained in fertility, grief and loss and adjustment disorders can also be useful when experiencing infertility issues. These professionals may use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or various other psychological strategies. The importance though, lies in providing ongoing psychological care for women during and after fertility treatment.

Eliza Pike is a Clinical Social Worker and the Founder of Blackbird Counselling. She specialises in pregnancy and postnatal counselling, including fertility counselling, grief and loss, adjustment to motherhood and maternal mental health. blackbirdcounselling.com.au kidsonthecoast .com.au • kidsinthecit y.com.au


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RIDING THE rollercoaster OF IVF Talk to any mother and each will have an incredible, unique and emotional story of their , many peppered with heartbreak. Whether it’s multiple miscarriages, the challenge of trying to conceive for a long time, pre-natal depression, or a traumatic birth, each story is valid and deserves to be shared in its own way.

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One of the more difficult journeys to motherhood comes in the form of assisted reproduction. Angela Costi is one such mother, who battled through 22 attempts to finally birth her two children. “I had 22 rounds of IVF to have my two girls, the last one is from an egg donation… our miracle child,” says Angela. Falling for the same misconception many others do, she’d seen the stories in the magazines of mature-aged celebrities having babies and always presumed that it was possible. “I stupidly believed the celebrity press – you see them having biological babies at 42 and think ‘I can do that too’. But then the reality of the statistics hit home, and I discovered that I only has a 1–2% chance of successfully falling pregnant after age 40.” Starting IVF at age 38, it took seven rounds of full stimulation IVF cycles to successfully conceive their first daughter. “We started with a gentle stimulation, but quickly realised my egg count was too low; we were lucky to even get a transfer,” Angela remembers. ‘So, it was straight onto full stimulation. This comes with a range of implications – emotional and financial.” After seven rounds, Angela managed to fall pregnant at age 40 and had her first baby at age 41. And soon after, the challenge to have a sibling began. “We had another eight rounds of full stimulation IVF, and it still didn’t happen. At the end of every round I could increasingly feel something wasn’t right.” Discovering she had developed endometriosis, once that was treated, they decided it was time to try something else, and they started to look for an egg donor. After many more failed attempts, the couple were finally blessed with a second child via an overseas egg donor at age 45. “The waiting is what I remember the most,” Angela says. “You do kidsonthecoast .com.au • kidsinthecit y.com.au

the injections, then wait for a scan to see how many follicles have grown. Then you have the egg pickup and are waiting to see how many eggs they could collect. Then they mix with the sperm and you wait and see how many fertilise. Then they grow in the culture and you wait to see how many you are left with after five days. Then it’s the transfer, the lining must be right, the quality of the embryos must be right. And then it’s the two-week wait… which is the longest wait of all. It’s like your whole life is permanently on pause.” For Angela, the emotional rollercoaster of assisted reproduction was incredibly tough. “I think there is a level of resilience and some people cope with it better than others. But for me, it was terribly draining. After each egg pick up – you go home with an empty feeling, your husband might say let’s go for dinner, but if that number is low, there was nothing that could mend that heartbreak.” One thing she noticed amidst the ups and downs of IVF was there were no suitable gifts or ways to say ‘I’m thinking of you’ – whether IVF, surrogacy, adoption, or egg donation. “I found I really struggled for gifts – either for the egg donor, or for myself.” So, she created Fertile Horizons. “It was something for me to put my focus into, and to provide women with something that can say what no words can say.” The gift boxes are designed for any situation – for a loved one can give to a partner, a friend to a friend, a woman to a donor – and are created to help her relax and show your support or thanks. Includes pregnancy-safe tea, non-scented products, toxin free, all packaged with love. The range now also includes a range of jewellery including wish bracelets, pendants and semi-precious gemstones for strength and hope. Find out more at fertilehorizons.com.au. JULY / AUGUST 2018

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EXPERT Dr James Moir: Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at The Fertility Centre Sunshine Coast and Queensland Fertility Group Sunshine Coast WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR COUPLES WHO MIGHT BE CONSIDERING FERTILITY TREATMENT? The journey should really start well before they see me. Couples can do many things to promote their own fertility: healthy diet, stopping smoking, stopping alcohol, exercise, and talk to your GP. If these things have been done and they’ve been trying naturally to conceive with no success after six months, they can always pick up the phone and call one of the IVF nurses at our clinics at QFG Sunshine Coast (54937133) and The Fertility Centre Sunshine Coast (53143500) to get some information. Fact finding is free of charge and it’s available any time. It’s worth exploring the various treatment options, as some aren’t nearly as expensive as they might think.

DO YOU FEEL SUBFERTILITY IS INCREASING? I think it’s the same number of couples today experiencing fertility problems as before – usually around 1 in 6. But what’s happening now is couples are leaving it later to have children, and more couples are coming forward to get treatment. Rather than just accepting their lot they look for options. And because places like IVF clinics exist, particularly with low cost options, it’s become much more affordable.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE STRUGGLING WITH RECURRENT MISCARRIAGE? Sadly, miscarriage is a natural part of the process of conception, which is more common in older women. Some women can have 4–5 miscarriages in a row and then go on to have a normal pregnancy. If a woman has had two or more miscarriages, I’d suggest coming to see a fertility specialist, to find out if there are any causes such as deformity in the uterus, or genetic predisposition to miscarriage. And then see if we can support them through to a successful pregnancy.

DOES OBSTETRIC CARE DIFFER FOR IVF BABIES? No, not unless there is a specific concern or disease in the family. For

the average woman having an IVF baby, obstetric care is the same for those who conceived naturally, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t go on to have a natural birth with minimal intervention.

YOU ARE JUST ABOUT TO HEAD OVER TO TANZANIA TO HELP WITH A VERY WORTHWHILE CAUSE! Yes, I’m lucky enough to have travelled to Tanzania every year for the past three years through an organisation (Midwife Vision Global) founded by Jan and Chase Becker from the Sunshine Coast. Jan is heavily involved in a training programme for local midwives, Helping Babies Breathe, all about looking after babies in the first minute or two of life. Their organisation also provides funding for maintenance and renovations to Amana Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and I go along and help out in the maternity department for two weeks every year. They deliver between 30–100 babies per day at Amana, and have seen every possible obstetrics complication that you are ever likely to come across. So, I’m not there to show them how to do anything, I’m just there to help out! It’s an amazing experience.

YOU OFFER LOW-COST IVF, TELL US ABOUT THAT! Yes, we have a clinic that provides low-cost IVF, we’ve been doing that for a couple of years now. This clinic takes those couples where the solution is clearly straightforward IVF, for which the care can be overseen by a specialist and managed by the nurses in the clinic. As well as the low-cost IVF treatment, we provide comprehensive fertility assessments, consultations and treatments all in one location. This means everything from very basic fertility support right up to the more complex issues and IVF. We also offer advanced testing services such as embryo biopsy, screening for specific diseases and chromosome problems – only a few centres in the country offer this level of testing. But it’s not all about IVF, rather fertility as a whole. So, we also assist with the basics such as ovulation management, ovulation treatment to create regular cycles, and artificial insemination.

You can find James Moir at: moirmedical.com.au, (07) 5444 0799

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SHARE ABODE Following her own struggles in finding rental accommodation and the isolation of single parenthood, decided to BE the change. Through , she is now on a mission to make a significant difference in the social, emotional and economic lives of in Australia. We chat to this inspirational mama to find out more.

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WHAT WERE THE EMOTIONS AND CHALLENGES ATTACHED TO SUDDENLY BECOMING A SINGLE MOTHER WITH TWO CHILDREN? I made a conscious choice to become a single parent and it was a very difficult choice. Not because I would have had to become the financial, emotional or logistical be all and end all in my children’s lives, but because of the stigma associated with single mums by society. I was very isolated where I was, which was not ideal for the loneliness of nights and nap times, and I felt like no one else understood what I was going through. I tried to come to peace with this by keeping busy with a million different visits to the beach, park and shopping centres so we were all active and occupied. I paved new relationships with family members that I hadn’t spoken to since high school but lived in the same state, and through this I gradually created family for my children and routine and known faces for all of us. I am the role model for my children and I want them to model responsibility, self-worth and caring for others and I only could have got to that point had I taken the steps I did.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE SHAREABODE CONCEPT? ShareAbode was founded by my own experiences of hardship renting in the early days of my single parent journey. I got rejected time and again for rental properties because the owner wanted a traditional family unit in their home (seriously, were we not a family?), and with my inability to show proof of rental recommendations in the past or current income it was a very challenging time. I had no rental history because I had owned and lived in my own home for 10 years prior, and I had sold my business along with that home (living off the savings from that) so I didn’t have a regular income either. I didn’t look good on paper at all! In the end, it took my mum saying she was going to be renting and I was just living wither her for a real estate agent to say ‘yes’. I remember thinking how much it sucked and that I wanted to make a difference, and that’s when I thought of creating something that would make it easier for single parents and help them help each other.

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ShareAbode works on the principle that two single parents raising children together, sharing resources, rent and living expenses together can achieve more than one going it alone. If rent and expenses are halved then savings will be doubled and financial obligations for a single parent would be less stressful. A less stressed parent is a more capable parent. The benefit emotionally is there too, because single parents have each other to lean on through the tough times dealing with kids, past partner problems or general everyday downs. It’s also easier to rent with two incomes showing as pre-qualified candidates, and this is another aspect of ShareAbode – we connect people that would get along and we also help with paperwork and documents saving them time, stress and easing the load. I don’t think we are meant to go life alone and this creates a little village for a tribe that really needs it.

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“With over 961 thousand single parent families and two thirds of them in poverty, this platform has the opportunity to really shake up those figures and help those struggling out of poverty and those wanting more to get more.” HOW CAN CHILDREN OF SINGLE PARENTS BENEFIT FROM SHAREABODE? Children can benefit in many ways, especially if they are only children and the sharing parents have kids of similar ages. It’s like having an ‘unofficial’ sibling, and they can establish a relationship which is not just dependent on the one parent but also on the other parent and their child or children. Through watching their single parent and another single parent build a relationship, children from previously negative home situations can also re-learn, gaining valuable life skills such as conflict resolution, negotiation, compromise, and sharing in a healthy way. They may not have ever experienced these things before with their parents so they are getting a good opportunity to grow and expand.

HOW CAN PEOPLE CONTACT YOU FOR FURTHER INFORMATION? The service is totally free. You can sign up and create a profile listing as a home sharer (share your home) or home seeker (seeking a home) at shareabode.com.au and I am available at any time by email at admin@ shareabode.com.au and we are also on social media: Facebook at facebook.com/shareabode and Instagram @shareabode. kidsonthecoast .com.au • kidsinthecit y.com.au

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BRINGING PLAY BACK TO NA T U R E nature play

With its roots in the forest schools of Europe, has been steadily gaining kudos across Australia. And now this trend is being assimilated into play space design, with an increasing number of childcare centres and schools across the region ditching the brightly coloured metal and plastic playground for a custom-designed nature play space.

Though it might look like a simple scenery of timbers and rocks, these progressive play spaces are incredibly well-thought out constructions, designed to blend into the environment and provide children with the maximum opportunity for natural open-ended play. We chat to the owner George Davidson of GDL Nature Play Spaces who is leading the way in nature play space design and construction in southeast Queensland, to find out more about this essential side of early childhood and discover how you can bring a little nature play into your own backyard.

WHAT IS A NATURE PLAY SPACE? Everyone interprets it differently, but for me a nature play space uses natural products such as rocks, timber and plants, creating a natural setting for children to explore but in a controlled environment. True nature play is out in the wild, but with urbanisation today not all children have regular access to such free play anymore. So, a nature play space offers children a version of this natural style of play within a kindy or school environment. Being landscaped based, we create a play area as an entire space – with areas to explore and sensory paths that connect various nooks, so everything flows. So, it’s not so much a playground as an entire natural play area. To complement this, we aim to use trees for shade rather than shade sails whenever we can, which adds a whole new dimension to the space. kidsonthecoast .com.au • kidsinthecit y.com.au

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A NATURE PLAY SPACE? A nature play space can be a lot more calming for children. Rather than bright colours and harsh metals, there are more soothing colours, pastels and natural textures. A nature play space also teaches children to take more risk, with children making their own way through the equipment and finding their own way to play. And most importantly, in a nature play space, children get to see more nature, as the plants that are incorporated into the space encourage butterflies, caterpillars and all the little bugs that kids love.

WHAT ARE THE KEY ELEMENTS THAT MAKE A GREAT NATURE PLAY SPACE? A great nature play space should be multipurpose – with constructions that offer opportunity to develop motor skills, as well as plenty of challenges in problem solving, team work, and starting points for imaginative play. Water is one of the key things we aim to include – with handpumps, natural water channels, maybe a creek bed that children can dam up and play with. Water walls are also popular – where water runs through adjustable bamboo channels. And a sandpit is also always great to include, as is a mud kitchen. We also always try to build in cubbies and nooks with areas that will grow, and herbs along paths for added sensory experiences. JULY / AUGUST 2018

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A nature play space

offers so much more than straightforward play!

Yet one of the key things we incorporate in all our designs is ensuring that the space isn’t structured for one use. Instead, these spaces are a starting point for creative, imaginative play. We don’t build a boat that’s only a boat – instead we create an area that could be a castle, a fort, a plane… dependent on what is happening that day in that child’s imagination!

HOW DO YOU KEEP IT FEELING NATURAL WHILST ALSO MEETING ESSENTIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS? Our play spaces are all designed around the Playground Standard guidelines and each is assessed individually. Generally, however, what we build is below regulation height to meet soft-fall requirements. Instead of high equipment, we create challenging obstacles – with solid balance structures surrounded by plants. Garden beds and plants provide the perfect soft-fall, so we sometimes use those around climbing areas to keep everything as natural as possible whilst still always ensuring all safety requirements are met.

WHY DO YOU FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SPACES TO HAVE A NATURE PLAY SPACE? A nature play space offers so much more than straightforward play! Amidst the play, these spaces educate children about the natural environment. As the plants grow, kids learn to respect plants and take care of them. As well, they offer open-ended play where everything isn’t black and white – children can create their own worlds. If the educators are on board, the kids can really have fun with some extra loose parts: a teepee covered in fabric or plants become a cubby, logs become plane seats, sticks and stones can be a myriad of things! These spaces also encourage children to work together to solve problems. How will they get the water from one end to the other, or how will they break down the ramparts of the castle? From my experience, these natural spaces offer a much more satisfying style of play than the mainstream playgrounds ever can.

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TO YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

• Get the kids involved in a herb garden, Certain herbs can create little mazes; others are wonderful sensory experiences. • Rather than use a plastic sandpit, build a timber one that blends into the garden. This can then become a planter once it’s no longer used as a sandpit. Add an old colander, bucket, or garden hand tools to provide equipment to dig and create. • Dig out old pots, bowls, spoons, and baking tins (or pick up from the charity shop) and set aside a small area as a mud kitchen. You just need a large trough (or build it into a ‘bench’ space if you are feeling handy!), some soil and a water source. • Use natural materials to make games such as tic tac toe. Sticks can make the lines; rocks can make the markers. • Collect sticks to make a small wig-wam cubby, and cover in fabric or leaves. It doesn’t have to be permanent. (Just check it is stable before any small people climb inside!) • Collect large logs to make stepping stones. • Use bamboo to make a water wall or a marble run for small round stones. • Collect shells and rocks to make collages and patterns in garden beds.

HOW DO THESE SPACES EXTEND BEYOND PLAY? We’ve had a lot of feedback from schools where we’ve constructed a nature play space and older children now use these spaces for science, maths, problem-solving projects, which is fabulous to hear! One school even had the older children working on an engineering project, building a zip line and pulley system to get sand from A to B! And for the younger children, they are also used for team building and nature projects – caring for plants, diverting water, looking for caterpillars, searching for particular coloured rocks. We’ve also created amphitheatres, yarning circles and outdoor decks that can then be used for classes or display spaces. So, they’ve all grown to become real multifunctional learning spaces. Every space we design has something new in it; we always try to push the boundary a little and create something that can be used in many ways. A great nature play space develops and morphs a little as it grows, adapting to fit the personality of each centre without them even realising!

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Dandelion Clinical Psychology is a dedicated children’s psychology practice for all emotional and behavioural difficulties and challenges, for children 0-12 years. Including family relationships, parenting and developmental disorders. We believe with early intervention we can achieve happy, resilient and sucessful teens and adults. Irlen Syndrome screening is also available.

Award-winning cake artist Zoë Clark specialises in creating beautiful cakes and confectionery for all occasions. Based on the Sunshine Coast, Zoë Clark Cakes provides a highly professional and personalised service, producing unique customised designs to suit your event. Everything is made completely from scratch, using only the finest ingredients to ensure they taste as stunning as they look.

NOOSA KIDS & BABY MARKETS W: noosakidsmarket.com.au // FB & IG: @noosakidsmarket P: Kristy 0438 390 999 / Heidi 0410 639 973 A: Sunshine Beach State School, Sunshine Beach Held on the 2nd Sunday of the month, 8-12pm, you'll find preloved kids & baby items, local business stalls, wellness stalls and pre-loved fashion. • Free bounty bags • Free kids activity tables • Free toddler jumpy castle • Food & coffee! Head to noosakidsmarket.com.au to book a stall. Rain - hail - shine!

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HEALTH NATURALLY CHIROpractic P: (07) 5451 1121 S: @HealthNaturallyChiropractic A: Unit 7, 2-6 Beach Road, Maroochydore Have you even been curious about Chiropractic care for your family? Come and visit us for an Initial consult, Pre-care appointment and Report of findings – ON US – to see if we can help in any way. Give us a call on 07 5451 1121 or visit our office on the corner of Ocean Street and Beach Road. We look forward to seeing you. Regards Sam and Natise.

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You can catch Sunshine Coast author Emma Middleton out and about with her giant Bear in her free storytelling and live The Bear in our Backyard performance. Head to emmamiddleton.com to find out more.

By Kellie Byrnes, Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn RRP $24.99 Frankie loves to just sit and watch the clouds. She conducts symphonies in the sky and listens to the melodies that only she can hear. As the seasons pass, Frankie is taken away from her bedroom on the tales she creates. Even when illness means she can’t leave her bed, Frankie can escape to the beach with shimmering waves or the outback with thundering horses. The latest title from Buderim author Kellie Byrne, Cloud Conductor is a picture book that encourages children to have their head in the clouds and use their imagination to deal with any challenges that pop up in their lives. Ages 5–8.

THE BEAR IN OUR BACKYARD by Emma Middleton, illustrated by Brioney Stewart RRP $24.99 Does she sleep? Shall we peak? Is it really a Bear? Shall we sneak outside and see if Bear is really there? Tom and Tilly search for the bear who lives in their backyard. Will she come out and play? Perfect for families expecting a new baby bear, The Bear in our Backyard is a rare tribute to the small and magical moments that mums create every day.

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SCAREDY BOOK By Devon Sillet, illustrated by Cara King RRP $24.99 Book lives at the library and desperately wants to go outside, but is intimidated by all the things that might happen ‘out there’. A page might get torn. Book’s cover might get dirty. Book might never be returned to the library! Then book meets Emma and learns how to be brave!. Together they move out of their comfort zone to try new things, meet new people, and enjoy a few quiet adventures. Along the way, they discover that ‘out there’ needn’t be scary if you just take it one step at a time. Ages 4–8.

BANDIMAL iPhone & iPad $5.99 The follow-up to YATATOY’s 2015 award-winning music app Loopimal, Bandimal is a fun and intuitive music composer full of beautifully crafted animations and sounds. Bringing the fun of making music closer to little hands, you can write melodies and choose from a variety of instruments and mix organic beats. There is no right or wrong, so children will not experience the feeling of failure but instead jump right into the great world of composing music.

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JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (M) In cinemas 21 June Four years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of the Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, BD Wong. SPECIAL SCREENING Sunday 8 July. 10am family fun activities, 10.30am film Gather the family for a fun morning out to see your favourite characters and dinosaurs at the special screening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at select Event Cinemas locations. Every child ticket will receive a bonus Jurassic World mini dinosaur – while stocks last. Tickets are on sale now at eventcinemas.com.au

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN (CTC) In cinemas 19 July An all new-sequel going through Donna’s young life, experiencing the fun she had with the three possible dads of Sophie. Sophie is now pregnant. Like Donna, she will be young when she has her baby. This is where she realises she will need to take risks like her mother did. Starring: Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried. Time to bust out those ABBA classics with the girls at the special Chicks at the Flicks advance screening of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at Event Cinemas on Wednesday 18th July. Chicks at the flicks is a fabulous night out at the movies with fabulous pre-film festivities and lucky door prizes and each guest receives a gift bag filled with goodies. Tickets are on sale now at eventcinemas.com.au kidsonthecoast .com.au • kidsinthecit y.com.au


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