Preschoolers

'Exceeding' Quality Early Education and Care Centre Opening in North Wollongong in Jan 2020! You'll want to know about this one...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 14 November 19

Great news from Parents Guide Illawarra... There is a new Kids' Uni long day care centre in Town! Parents of Illawarra pre-schoolers will be celebrating this gorgeous, unique centre with a..

The kids 'fun place' in Wollongong that parents love the best! Our favourite 5 things at this interactive, educational FUN space found here in the Illawarra...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 14 November 19

It's a little quirky, fully immersive, fabulously educational and strangely addictive... For ages 3 through to tweens, teens to grandparents there is something a little mind blowing for every..

Illawarra parents – why it feels HARDER to parent now more than ever!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 30 October 19

Modern-day parenting, ah we LOVE IT! Mix up this crazy-making combo of: -Supremely high cost of living, financial pressures and both parents often working; -The breakdown of the ‘vill..

Shellharbour Montessori Pre-School Anniversary - inspiring 'a love of learning' that can serve our kids for life.

  Jenny Henderson & Guest Author Carey Nelson   Thu 24 October 19

As more and more evidence based research is revealing, children's attendance at a quality pre-school, really does help them emotionally and academically flourish at school too. So, this October, w..

Why Middle School? The case for Illawarra kids who really can benefit from Middle School...

  Ben Carden - Guest Author - Cedars Christian College  Mon 14 October 19

The case for Middle School! Primary school direct into High School mean our kids move from from being the biggest fish in the secure confines of a primary school pond, into being a small fish ..

Kids Party Planning on a Budget, Affordable Venues in the Illawarra!

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 7 October 19

IT'S PARTY TIME!! What busy parent doesn't love the time consuming challenge of arranging and hosting a beautiful kids birthday party!? If outsourcing the paaaartay fun to a venue who pr..

Our vulnerable Illawarra children. The kids in crisis, what can be done?

  Shannon Kendrick - Guest Author  Tue 1 October 19

As parents ourselves, we only ever want to keep our children safe, secure and happy. The vulnerability and innocence of a baby or child is one we feel compelled to protect and nurture. Yet, a..

Where do Kids Eat FREE near me in Wollongong and the Illawarra - click here to find out!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 26 September 19

It's getting towards witching hour, the house is ruined, tempers are fraying and even worse, the fridge looks more bare than a newborn's bottom. Fear not! Here at Parents Guide Illawarra, we h..

Your kids teeth, jaw and bite - what every parent can check for (and it can save you thousands)

  Dr Kamal Ahmed - Specialist Wollongong Orthodontist  Tue 17 September 19

No-one tells us parents that upon birthing our glorious bundle of joy, that we must immediately start a savings account for their teeth dramas in later life. But for parents facing costly bra..

Baby Capsule versus Baby Car Seat - get convenience, best safety features and save money!

  Angela Lowe - Authorised Capsule / Car Restraint Fitter  Thu 12 September 19

No doubt about it, baby capsules are amazing. BUT they are expensive. Read on and we can show you how to get the best baby capsule with a fab safety rating but without the mega price tag att..

Supporting ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) families with early invention programs. Where Illawarra parents can turn when they’ve received an ASD diagnosis.

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 26 August 19

It is estimated that one child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) every four hours but the support and understanding so desperately needed after diagnosis, is not always easy to f..

What Illawarra School is right for your child? Why Experience Days are amazing to help you decide!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 21 August 19

AHHH! How do we know what school will be right for our child? It is a question many Illawarra parents face, and ultimately, if you're in a position to choose a school for your child's uni..

How Corrimal is leading the way for ASD families in the Illawarra

  Naomi Cotterill  Sun 25 July 19

Whether you’re a family who experiences ASD first hand or have experience through the wider community, you’ll know the unique challenges it can present. It is estimated that one child is diagnosed..

For Illawarra home owners - read this (you can thank us later!)

  Dylan Beer - Guest Author  Wed 3 July 19

Ohh interest rates have been cut! But what does this mean for Illawarra home owners? So, we asked the financial and mortgage broking experts at The Wealth Connection in Austinmer to let us k..

Have you done the Illawarra 'Top 10 FUN places to take the kids in 2019!?'

  Our Illawarra Kids - this is what they have to say...  Thu 4 July 19

Of course the Illawarra is like a big kid's playground with all our ocean, green spaces and escarpment to roam in. BUT, as the weather cools and it comes to dedicated kid's entertainment - here is..

Best family friendly dog walks across the Illawarra! Illawarra Dog Beaches, Walks and Dog Parks

  Jacky Stehr from The Canine Coach  Thu 6 June 19

Spend any time in the Illawarra and you will see that we LOVE our canine pals! Whether they are small, white fluffy ones, big, fat slobbery ones... Here at Parents Guide Illawarra, we see ..

Considering changing schools? Top 6 tips to ease the transition

  Geneva Clayton - Head of Junior School at TIGS  Thu 30 May 19

Congratulations you have a new job! Or bought a new house! Or your family has grown by one or two! Only problem is you will have to relocate and with that comes the need for your children to move ..

Parents of angry, emotional kids - THIS helps and NO, it's not an instant fix but it's like a long term SUPER POWER!

  Guest Author - Freya Dawson, author of Joyful Parenting  Mon 27 May 19

Firstly, parents, we salute you. We salute for you hanging in there whilst navigating the minefields of the toughest job on the planet - yup, parenting. We acknowledge that every parent ..

Why our kids NEED quality pre-school care - the Illawarra organisation influencing our children's future

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 15 May 19

Since 1981, one not for profit organisation based in the Illawarra, has actively campaigned for the rights of our local families and children. The evidence is all pointing to how critical qua..

Beautiful Art Studio in Woonona helping our kids create, wind down and love the arts!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 24 April 19

Karen Stone, artist and art teacher has built her own beautiful Studio in Woonona where her art classes are becoming increasingly popular with the local Illawarra community. We think It's the..

Parents! Understand the NEW Digital Technologies Curriculum at school. What does it mean for your child?

  Naomi Cotteril  Wed 24 April 19

Just when you thought getting your head around maths homework was tough, in comes the brand new digital technologies curriculum to leave parents scratching their heads. Coding what? Minecraft..

The SPECTACULAR Illawarra event (that EVERY family member loves) - don't call yourself a local unless you have been to this!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 24 April 19

You cannot call yourself a true Illawarra local unless you attend this one event that attracts visitors from beyond our shores and Australia wide. It is a true phenomenon and one that HAS to ..

FUN, FREE and CHEAP things to do with the kids in the Illawarra for $10 and UNDER!

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 19 March 19

It's that time of year... Anyone else feeling just, um, a little 'financially stretched' after the summer holidays!? Soooo, here is our Parents Guide Illawarra fabbo guide of free, cost ef..

Got the right doctor for you and your baby? What to expect from your 6 week check and your doctor when you become a parent!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 6 March 19

If your experience is anything likes ours here at Parents Guide Illawarra, us parents spend a good chunk of 'quality time' at the doctors! Finding the right doctor that you feel comfortab..

Is Your Child Protected From Schoolyard Cyberbullying?

  Mrs Judi Nealy - Principal, The Illawarra Grammar School  Thu 6 December 18

2018 is the age of technology and connectivity! Our children are exposed to more technology and information than any generation in history. In today’s world, the average age a child starts being e..

MAGICAL DANCE! Wollongong local inspiring hundreds of our Illawarra kids!

  Jenny Henderson  Sat 12 January 19

Imagine this...…. a local dance teacher with 2 bachelors degrees in Psychology (Hons) and second in Education (Primary) , with an absolute love for dance and a dream for every child to expe..

Planning Your Baby's Naming Day Ceremony or Christening - all you need to consider!

  City Beach, Wollongong  Wed 23 January 19

Well, congratulations! Your beautiful bundle is here and it's time to celebrate their life in a way that is truly meaningful to you and your loved ones... At Parents Guide, we like to grill t..

Illawarra parents - claim your $100 Creative Kids Rebate - and see who you can spend it with!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 17 January 19

Hey parents of school aged kids! Have you claimed your $100 Creative Kids rebate yet? We all know kids thrive off play and learning through being creative and just having fun, so yay that the..

8 things only an Illawarra parent would understand...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 20 December 18

Dammit we LOVE the Illawarra!! Possibly the best place in the world to bring up the kids? At Parents Guide Illawarra, are we biased much? Noooo! However there are certain 'unique' aspects to l..

SNAKES in the Illawarra - advice to keep you and the kids safe! And it's surprising where they are found...

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 19 December 18

Take a breath, be brave, it's better to be informed, yes!? SNAKES IN THE ILLAWARRA... We have discovered some equally fascinating, startling and re-assuring snake stats, close to (your) home.... ..

The Ultimate Illawarra FUN Bucket List - which ones have you done with the kids!?

  Naomi Cotterill  Wed 12 December 18

We don’t mean to alarm anyone but the BIG holidays are almost upon us. Yep, 6 long weeks of quality time (think a solid 10-12 hours daily) spent with your kids. Now, we understand if that has you ..

Parenting = one tough gig. An open letter to all parents... When raising kids, first place the oxygen mask over your own mouth.

  Katelyn Milevski & Jenny Henderson  Tue 13 November 18

"When raising kids: first place the oxygen mask over your own mouth" - Ed Rogers Parenting can be one tough gig. The love and sacrifice that we feel for our babies and children when i..

8 of the best, family friendly bushwalks in the Illawarra

  Naomi Cotterill  Mon 5 November 18

With the weather warming up, there’s nothing better than getting out and about and exploring our gorgeous area. While the beach is ALWAYS a good idea, sometimes you fancy a change. We are super, d..

That ongoing niggle that all is not right with your child...

  Dr Grace Kiiru - Australian Trained & Wollongong Based Paediatrician   Tue 30 October 18

Whether it's your newborn or your teen... parents know to trust their gut instinct. But while it’s one thing to trust your gut instinct, it’s another to know just where to go for help. ..

​‘I am Woman Moving! Hear Me Roar!’ An uplifting blog dedicated to women who find time to...

  Guest Author - all things fitness and endorphins - Cindy @ Soul Fit  Thu 25 October 18

‘I am Woman Moving! Hear Me Roar!’ Women can achieve anything….right? (Men actually can too, but it’s not about them today.) This blog is dedicated to all the women out there who..

4 things parents of children with behavioural issues NEED to know about Applied Behaviour Analysis

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 18 October 18

Parents of children with challenging behaviours know what it’s like to reach the end of their tether. To wonder HOW on earth they’re going to help their child after exhausting all the traditional ..

What I love about raising kids in the Illawarra

  Kate Mayhew - Guest Author  Mon 1 April 19

I was fortunate to grow up in the beautiful town of Kiama, not that I appreciated it at the time. I couldn’t wait to leave, spread my wings and hit the big smoke. After time travelling overseas an..

How one Illawarra Mum is helping THOUSANDS of Mums in Ethiopia! We love her work...

  Kate Mayhew - Guest Author  Wed 13 March 19

How one Illawarra mums is helping thousands of mums in Ethiopia, and get this, it is when she shops online! “If the way I spend my money can have a positive impact on someone’s life, I'll..

Illawarra Kids Birthday Party Venues & Entertainment - the best of guide!

  Katelyn Milevski  Wed 26 September 18

At Parents Guide Illawarra, we are here to tell you that organising your child's birthday party - no matter how big or small - can actually be a fun, easy, exciting and budget-friendly exercise fo..

Parents of pre-schoolers, THIS is what helps our kids successfully 'Transition to School'

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 17 October 18

It can be an equally emotional and daunting time for both parent and child, preparing for 'big school'. New research is de-bunking some of the myths and misconceptions about what helps our ch..

Kids Halloween Ideas... Easy, safer, low cost and FUN!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 18 October 18

Halloween with young kids... The time of year where crafty mums and dads excel (yay you, I WISH I was part of your tribe) and the rest of us are left with that sinking, pressured 'how do we make t..

NEW Early Learning Centre opens in Illawarra - supporting school readiness!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 20 September 18

Early Learning Centre opens in the Illawarra - dedicated to school readiness! Our little ones are amazing, just the way they are! We also know that for our children to thrive in life, they ne..

Buying and Selling homes in the changing Illawarra Real Estate Market - insider insight and advice...

  Guest Author - Wendy Ristuccia  Fri 1 March 19

Is the Illawarra property market tanking!? Is now a good time to buy and/or sell!? We asked the highly experienced Wendy Ristuccia from Ray White in Thirroul for her top tips for both buyers a..

Child Care Affordability! Discover how some parents are balancing the costs...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 13 September 18

Affordable child care? It’s the dream! But sadly, sometimes it’s more of a fantasy than a reality… Parents Illawarra wide will be all too-familiar with the juggle that comes with tryin..

Mums, Dads, Carers! What 'My Health Record' means for your family AND what you need to do

  Ashley Puljic  Wed 8 August 18

Firstly, what is My Health Record? My Health Record is an individual’s safe and secure digital health information, easily accessible by their doctors, specialists and hospitals. My Health..

Romantic Nights Away For Parents - your best local romantic / luxury couple accommodation!

  Jenny Henderson (and yes I loved researching this one!)  Wed 18 July 18

Ah parents... Whether you have babies or older kids - your relationship with your partner can fall to the wayside as your delightful bundles of joy demand their needs get met first. Meetin..

9 Healthy, Hip Eateries for Families

  Jenny Henderson  Sun 15 July 18

You’ve probably spotted them around town. Those hip and happening people who make facial hair, flanno and their grandfathers brogues look good. Yep, the Illawarra has become a hipster haven...

The Ultimate 'Facial' for the Busy Mama!? And you can find in the Illawarra (and do it in thirty mins!)

  Naomi Cotterill  Thu 28 June 18

The ultimate facial for the busy mama!? No really, it takes 30mins only and after you may be reminded of how you skin used to look before the kids stole your sleep, check this out… As..

The Playhouse - the new creative space where our Illawarra kids can find their own groove!

  Naomi Cotterill  Wed 15 August 18

Psssst! Have you heard about The Playhouse (https://www.the-playhouse.com.au/)? No? If you’ve got a creative little soul or quirky character on your hands, then you might want to turn your ears fi..

Great news for primary school aged kids from Wollongong, Keiraville, Gywnneville, Balgownie, Mount Pleasant, Towradgi, E.Corrimal, Fairy Meadow & Mount Pleasant!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 9 August 18

Wow, parents of Wollongong and surrounding suburbs can celebrate with a great win for their primary school kids... North Wollongong's Innovation Campus is home to a unique facility for our Pr..

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