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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Online program to support local families

An online program is set to serve up six free workshops to inform and entertain parents and their children across Lake Macquarie.

Kicking off on Tuesday 13 October, Lake Macquarie City Council’s You’re Kidding Me program will feature five online workshops and one in-person event.

The event will cover speech development, mood management, transitioning to school, child development and yoga.

Community Planner Jess Salvador said the workshops demonstrated the council’s continued support for local families.

“We’ve designed them to be informative as well as enjoyable,” she said.

“Our presenters are local experts who donate their time to share their knowledge and support families.

“We have five online activities and one in-person event. We’ve made sure they will follow COVID-safe practices and will be providing options to make everyone feel comfortable.”

The first session will be led by Early Start Speech Pathology and will focus on providing guidance and support to enhance your child’s speech and language development.

Community Activities Lake Macquarie will be offering a seminar on Wednesday 14 October that will share strategies to deal with anger and tantrums in children.

On Wednesday 28 October, Clio from Yoga Magic with Kids will lead an in-person yoga session at Speers Point Park.

Open to children aged 3-5 years old and suitable for all abilities, the class will have a maximum of 20 spaces, with bookings essential.

Other workshops include Transitioning to School, hosted by paediatric occupational therapists from The Rainbow Clinic, Insights into Parenting an Anxious Child, from child psychology clinic Beam Health, and Understanding Child Development, hosted by Northcott Early Intervention Service.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the You’re Kidding Me program had successfully adapted to limitations due to COVID-19.

“2020 has been a year of challenges but it remains important to [the] council that we provide helpful services to the community,” Cr Fraser said.

“We know how much local parents value the information and workshops and I’m confident these six sessions will provide insights and helpful tips.”

You’re Kidding Me workshops are free, but each session has a maximum attendance, so bookings are essential.

Online sessions will be run via, Microsoft Teams and registered participants will receive the link to the session the day before.

Go to Lake Macquarie City Council’s website for more information or to book.