Knowledgeable assist with the toughest job on this planet

Youngsters deliver pleasure and pleasure, however additionally they include an enormous studying curve for fogeys. To supply some insights, we’ve spoken to folks with experience in getting you thru these busy years.

BEING a mother or father is sometimes called being one of many hardest jobs on this planet. 

Youngsters deliver pleasure and pleasure, however additionally they include an enormous studying curve for fogeys.

To supply some sensible insights, we’ve spoken to folks with experience in serving to you benefit from these busy years.

Julie Tongs… “I’m not your generic CEO. I’ve had a chequered life, and I’m just a little bit left of subject.”  Photograph: Holly Treadaway

Culturally protected and accessible maternity care

WINNUNGA Nimmityjah Aboriginal Well being and Group Companies’ midwifery program goals to take away limitations that stop girls from accessing maternity care by offering culturally protected, non-judgemental and versatile care, says CEO Julie Tongs.

“We concentrate on the scientific, cultural and non secular wants of Aboriginal purchasers, households and the neighborhood and the midwifery program welcomed 68 infants into the neighborhood in 2020 and 2021,” says Ms Tongs.

“The midwifery crew presents antenatal and postnatal care, neighborhood at house assist, child well being checks, breastfeeding assist, immunisations, and a variety of girls’s well being providers.

“Our midwives work carefully with ACT hospitals, and help in guaranteeing continuity of care between Winnunga Nimmityjah AHCS and hospital providers”.

Ms Tongs says Winnunga additionally has a complete little one immunisation program they encourage sufferers to entry.

“This additionally permits us to comply with up on our sufferers’ progress with postpartum restoration, and to help them with any wants in relation to caring for his or her infants,” says Ms Tongs.

“It’s vitally essential for high-risk purchasers to have entry to Aboriginal particular, culturally applicable midwifery providers, as many select to not entry mainstream providers with out assist.”

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Well being and Group Companies, 63 Boolimba Crescent, Narrabundah. Name 6284 6222 or go to

Pleased Faces Orofacial Myology proprietor Jaimee Stakelum.

Placing enjoyable into oral therapies

HAPPY Faces Orofacial Myology proprietor and mum of two, Jaimee Stakelum, says she makes her therapies enjoyable for kids.

“I work primarily with kids, however could make assessments from any age, to make sure the orofacial muscle tissues together with the lips, tongue, jaw and face are working correctly,” she says.

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“Orofacial” refers back to the face and mouth area whereas “myology” focuses on muscle tissues and the way they work. It’s about treating issues of the face, jaw and mouth by working with sufferers’ muscle tissues.

“​​That is achieved by prescribed non-invasive and painless workouts that may assist to retrain and strengthen the orofacial muscle tissues in order that they’ll operate correctly throughout chewing, swallowing and particularly at relaxation,” says Jaimee, who opened her enterprise in June.

Her expertise as a dental hygienist impressed her to pursue additional examine in orofacial myology. 

“Having labored on this subject, I’m significantly interested by understanding what drives facial and dental improvement and giving kids the most effective probability at ideally suited development,” she says.

“The extra I understood about what drives facial and dental improvement, the extra I needed to work. 

“I work in correcting kids’s mouths to make sure they’ll thrive to the most effective of their talents.” 

Pleased Faces Orofacial Myology. Name 0472 775058 or go to

The Kidstart Southside crew, from left, Jojo Hite, Kate Senior, Kate Richards, Megan Campbell, Jen Woodward and Kristen O’Connor.

Giving children a head begin on their education

KIDSTART Southside Training and Exercise Centre understands that the primary 5 years of a kid’s life are essential for improvement, says proprietor Kristen O’Connor.

“Kidstart presents courses for kids from 5 months to 5 years of age to develop them socially, bodily, emotionally and intellectually,” she says.

Working since 1996 and situated in Wanniassa, Kristen says Kidstart presents three distinct and age-appropriate applications to ignite a love of studying.

The primary program is for kids beneath the age of three, to attend with an grownup, and introduces them to music, tales and stimulating tools.

The second program is a “Pre-Preschool” program for 3 and four-year-olds to attend by themselves earlier than beginning preschool.

“It has been wonderful to see 21 years’ price of youngsters and their households rising, loving, having fun with and benefitting from this system,” says Kristen.

The third program is Preschool PLUS. It’s designed for kids to be concerned alongside Preschool. This system is centred on phonics based mostly literacy. 

“We’re captivated with growing a love of studying in each little one.

“By permitting them to thrive in an academic setting and expertise the enjoyment in exploring and attaining, we hope studying shall be a lifelong ardour for all our Kidstart children.”

Kidstart Southside Training and Exercise Centre, 65 Sternberg Crescent, Wanniassa. For enrolment enquiries go to

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artKids CEO Robyn Thurecht.

Robyn takes artwork courses to the youngsters

ARTKIDS CEO and mom of two, Robyn Thurecht says she offers a substitute for the usual after-school care program with structured artwork courses for kids that target growing abilities throughout a variety of mediums. 

“We work onsite or in close by neighborhood halls so dad and mom don’t have to go away work to take their children to a different location,” she says.

This system is “for households who worth artwork and drawing however don’t essentially have the time or abilities to share with their kids at house”.

She presents two different courses, artTots and artTeens. 

“ArtKids was born eight years in the past round my kitchen desk with a gaggle of eight major college children, my sons included,” she says.

Whereas pursuing visible arts at college as a mature-age scholar, Robyn  determined she would educate the artwork class she needed as a baby.

“One in every of my favorite childhood images – in that beautiful sepia-toned ‘70s color – is me aged 4 or 5, in my portray smock made by my artful mom, standing in entrance of a portray easel, brush in hand.

“For each little one artist we educate every week, there’s a minimum of one pissed off mother or father who, like me, would have beloved to attend a category like this once they have been little. That’s why artAdults shall be beginning later this 12 months.”

artKids, 17 Condamine Avenue, Turner. Name 0405 014180 or go to

Constructing a connection by sport

NORTHSIDE Group Service has a robust concentrate on neighborhood engagement, internet hosting a various vary of applications and occasions, says neighborhood improvement officer Lisa Navarro-Bustos. 

The Service has not too long ago been utilising the brand new neighborhood hub area in Margaret Hendry College, Taylor, for its early-childhood nature program. 

“This area is nice for households which can be new to Taylor and searching for a neighborhood connection,” Lisa says. 

Along with Belconnen Arts Centre, the Northside Group Service will host a sports activities and wellbeing summer season expo, with quite a lot of native sports activities and leisure teams, on the Amaroo Enjoying Fields from 3.30pm on February 10. 

“With this occasion, we wish to increase kids’s participation in sports activities and recreation,” says Lisa.

“This can be a come-and-try occasion the place kids will be capable to get a taster for a lot of completely different sports activities.

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“Households are additionally capable of register their little one into their favorite sport on the occasion.

“Whether or not they’re into crew sports activities, health courses, meditation or the nice outside, there shall be one thing on supply to deepen a connection to the area.”

Northside Group Service, 2 Rosevear Place, Dickson. Name 6171 8000, or go to

Child Sensory proprietor Mia Cameron.

Sensory improvement courses for infants

BABY Sensory is a multi-award-winning improvement program particularly designed for infants from beginning to 13 months. 

Proprietor Mia Cameron was impressed to deliver Child Sensory to Canberra when she learnt about this system from her Sydney-based sister who attended courses along with her kids. 

Mia says that when her daughter was a child, she needed to do one thing related however realised it wasn’t out there regionally. 

“It’s a program that has been developed by child-development specialists within the UK,” says Mia. 

“The courses are 50 minutes and are crammed with an unbelievable number of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, singing and extra. 

“It’s a good way for fogeys to learn to have interaction and play with their child in addition to the social facet of assembly different dad and mom and constructing connections.” 

Through the 10-week time period, Mia says that infants go on a sensory journey designed to open up the newborn’s world to the delights of therapeutic massage, motion, visible stimulation, music, devices, signal language, textures, puppet exhibits and extra. 

She says that each week is completely different and fogeys inform her how a lot they worth being armed with new songs and actions to assist entertain their child and assist their improvement at house.

Child Sensory Canberra, go to Lessons are held at Weston and Jerrabomberra. A waitlist for time period two courses, which start in April, is now open.

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Ian Meikle, editor