With the kids heading back to school, I found myself wondering about the history of schooling in Australia and how we ended up with our current system in the ACT.
It turns out that having a society with a large proportion of convicts is a good way for governments to get involved in funding education. Schools [...]
A new $571,000 program to get children eating healthier and being more active was announced today by Minister for Health Simon Corbell.
The ACT Medicare Local’s Connect Up 4 Kids Program gives advice to parents to help keep their children at a healthy weight.
“We know being overweight or obese is a serious health issue that can [...]
Following lunch at a Belconnen fast food ‘restaurant’ outdoor playground today; when I gave my kids the 2 minute warning I was smuggly and rudely told my children were being too loud by another parent (“oh good, does that mean we’re only going to be subjected to the yelling and screaming for another two minutes!?”). [...]
The ACT Government’s ongoing efforts to teach you how to be a parent have advanced a pace.
Sometime overnight a media release went onto the Open Government website advising that yesterday was the start of the smoking in cars ban:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA today welcomed the start of the [...]
In November the Liberals’ Vicki Dunne claimed that 59% of young people in care had not been seen by their own caseworkers in over a year, based on Annual Review Reports for 202 young people and children.
Joy Burch is now assuring us that this is a misrepresentation of reports that weren’t intended to be used [...]
Just wondering if anyone has had any positive experiences with kids modelling agencies in Canberra.
I’m considering registering my kids with one, but have heard lots of negative things to be aware of.
Does anyone have any agencies here they would recommend?
I’ve also noticed some of the bigger agencies list themselves as ‘Australia wide’ [...]
It has long occurred to me that Canberra has a distinct lack of places where you can take your young’uns at the weekend – and by that I mean a place where kids can have:
a bit of freedom to run around safely,
decent, challenging, safe and non-vandalised play equipment
decent healthy affordable food
insode activities for rainy/wintery days
and where [...]
Witnesses are being sought by police following an unusual incident in Kaleen last Thursday afternoon (August 4).
Around 5pm three young children were playing unsupervised in the reserve area at the end of Tyrell Circuit, Kaleen. The three children, all aged under 10, reportedly saw a man with a black dog get out of a vehicle, [...]
I’m looking for recommendations of child care or family daycare providers in the Gungahlin area.
Bub #3 is only 4 months and I won’t be needing care until she’s about 2 but I’ve heard you need to put your name down on a waiting list quick sticks.
My other 2 kids are in primary school [...]
I have had my 11 year old son’s hair cut again and, again it is terrible.
Why do hairdressers seem to want to cut boys’ hair as short as possible, and without any style at all?
I don’t want a haircut for $15 that is a ‘number four’ – please there must be someone in [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has always had a tendency to mothering the public (put a jumper on, wash your hands, blow).
Now she wants to take charge of the children too and get them out in the fresh air instead of sitting in from of “electronic entertainment”.
“The incidences of overweight and obesity in children has doubled since [...]
The All Seeing Eye has sensed a disturbance in the force (to mix genres).
“Moshi Monsters” is trending hard in Canberra according to Google.
Wikipedia describes Moshi Monsters as “Facebook for children”.
Essentially it’s a lot like good old Tamagotchi, but web based, socially networked and, dangerously, making its money from “premium media purchases” which means the kids [...]
I was sitting outside Woden Plaza yesterday enjoying a cold drink and just watching the world go by.
I noticed a boy about 7 years old walking down a flight of stairs from the car park. His father (I assume) briskly walked past him and slapped him so hard across the back of the head that [...]
[Photo courtesy Gerry Built]
TAMS have announced they’ve opened a new $430,000 children’s water play area at Dickson Pool:
“Dickson Pool has developed a reputation as being a family pool and is favoured by families with younger children,” said Director, Sport and Recreation Services, Shane O’Leary.
“This new $430,000 children’s water play area will further enhance the [...]
Hi all…new to the ACT and new to Riot-ACT but i’ve checked it out many times to find reviews and ideas and it’s a great forum I’m keen to find some family friendly places we can go for dinner.
We have 2 kids 6 & 7 (and another on the way) who know [...]
The ACT Business Woman of the Year for 2010, Kate Sykes, has told ABC News that the Federal Government needs to implement policies that make childcare cheaper. With childcare centres costing over $75 per child, per day in Canberra, it’s not hard to see why a parent with a low income job struggles to justify [...]
The ANU has a story on research they’re doing on clumsiness and their need for 50 children to test:
Ms McLeod will look at how proprioception, or the sense of knowing where one’s limbs are in space, develops in children and whether this plays a role in being clumsy – a condition known as developmental [...]
It’s not often that I eat out. It’s even less often that I attempt to do so with three small children. So tonight we thought we’d test out the children’s table manners and headed off to China Town restaurant in Weston.
Arriving before 6pm but without a booking, we managed to get a table and then [...]
My child doesn’t have a disability, and can’t really be considered ‘special needs’, but he does have a number of challenging behaviours and medical conditions. So, as he hasn’t been ‘diagnosed’ with any one condition, we see a great number of specialists and therapists for the differing aspects, but as he doesn’t have a labelled [...]
The ACT Children’s Plan 2004-2014 has been updated and relaunched as the ACT Children’s Plan 2010-2014.
(You can read the plan here). The Children’s Plan is all about what Canberra needs to do to be a child-friendly city.
A big chunk in the middle of the report, with lots of “Key Actions” listed, is just a re-publish [...]
After a number of years attending weekly swim training sessions our 10 yo daughter has reached the final level.
All going well she’ll graduate soon but then the only way to maintain her skills is to join a swim squad.
If making the Olympics is your ambition then swim squad is the way to go but all [...]
Got this on email this morning, it looks like a great way for parents to bond with a baby or child with additional healthcare needs. I’m no scientist, but I can see only good things coming from babies getting lots of gentle, caring physical contact with their parents or carers.
CIT’s Skills for Carers are offering [...]
Life in foster care can be extremely difficult for some children, and Christmas time does have a way of bringing home the difficulties people are facing, so it would be fantastic if we could make bring these children that little bit of extra joy this Christmas by providing them each with a gift.
Queanbeyan Carers Support [...]
We’re looking at having our baby christened at the end of the year but we don’t know where to have the ‘after party’. We’ve got a lot of friends with small children and as this is our first child we don’t have any toys or play equipment at our home. We like the idea of [...]
If you’ve got kids under school age, school holidays can be frustrating as all the usual playgroups and activities are on hold for two weeks.
Thursday 9 July at 10am is storytime at Brindabella Baby. Bring your toddler or pre-schooler along to listen to Charlie & Lola Look After Your Planet. A great way for kids [...]
Just looking for a martial arts class for my 4 year old that is on a Saturday. Ideally I would love a class that the whole family could join in as well (Mum, Dad and little guy). I love Kung Fu/Wing Chun but I have a feeling 4 year olds aren’t catered for with that [...]
[ 8 July 2009 to 18 July 2009. ] Here’s one fresh across my desk for those of you trying to figure out how to entertain kids these holidays.
From the blurb:
These July school holidays The Child Players children’s theatre group is performing the classic tale of Charlie and his adventures with Willy Wonka in his magical chocolate factory live on stage at the Belconnen [...]
Look, I knew Questacon during school holidays would be crowded and hot. Have BTDT. What I had forgotten about were the feral children. The kids that run around all the exhibits without a parent in sight. The 3 and 4 year olds who come and slap the buttons on the exhibit thing my family and [...]
As I waited to be served at Subway in the Hyperdome, I watched with fascination as a child clambered atop the counter, leaned over the cash register and started pressing random buttons.
My main interest was the mother’s reaction to this. Nothing for a few minutes. Then, when she finally noticed my focussed attention, she [...]
The ABC has a story on worries that new laws in the ACT, ostensibly protecting children’s privacy, could be used by the Government to cover its arse when it’s failing those children.
The laws stop media outlets identifying children subject to a protection order or legal proceedings even after they have died.
The media industry’s [...]
Many of us like to complain about the terrible impact risk aversion has had on children’s play grounds over the last 20 years.
TAMS has now released the “Draft Accessible Inclusive Playgrounds in the ACT – Play Space Strategy”. Which is your chance to actually have some input into the process.
For those who’d like to see [...]
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Just so that you all know – in having my latest rant I am not seeking confirmation/affirmation: I KNOW I am RIGHT.
The intersection of La Perouse St and Carnegie Cres is not a fun place to negotiate at Peak Minute. It has at least one traffic accident per term, with plenty of sacrificial offerings [...]