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Crammed with information and resources, our Kids and Parenting page is a “go-to” hub for parents in Queensland. Find the latest on parenting, babies, early childhood, tweens and beyond, all in one place.

If you want to simply chat with someone about parenting, remember you can call Parentline on 1300 30 1300. It’s free and confidential, and we are proud to support this important service.

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9 educational apps that are great for kids
9 educational apps that are great for kids

9 educational apps that are great for kids

Looking for a way to make screen time more productive without breaking the bank? Here's a list of the best educational apps for kids.
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How creative play can improve your child’s early literacy
How creative play can improve your child’s early literacy

How creative play can improve your child's early literacy

Creative play is the perfect opportunity to spark early literacy and concepts whilst being engrossed in that imaginary world.
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Brisbane primary school wins state award for national recycling scheme
Brisbane primary school wins state award for national recycling scheme

Brisbane primary school wins state award for national recycling scheme

TreadLightly has announced the winners of its 2022 National School Recycling Drive, keeping more than 5 tonnes of shoes out of landfill.
Brisbane,Gold Coast,Sunshine Coast,
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Now what? 6 Alternatives to university when you finish high school 
Now what? 6 Alternatives to university when you finish high school 

Now what? 6 Alternatives to university when you finish high school 

Not every kid is cut out for university when they finish high school. What are the alternatives to university for Queensland teens?
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Sunshine Coast principal honoured with ASRU life membership
Sunshine Coast principal honoured with ASRU life membership

Sunshine Coast principal honoured with ASRU life membership

Matthew Flinders Anglican College principal Stuart Meade has been honoured as a Life Member of the Australian Schools Rugby Union
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How you can get the most out of school open days
How you can get the most out of school open days

How you can get the most out of school open days

Open Days can be exciting, and daunting. These tips help cut through the highlight reel so you can decide if a school is right.
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Strap on your skates as our friends at Iceworld have 4 family passes to WIN for their public ice skating sessions! ❄️

The prize includes skating and a food/drink combo for each person. Check out all the deets right now. link in Bio.
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While some teens have clear goals and ambitions, there are those who don't. And that's OKAY!

You don't have to have all the answers at 17 or 18 years of age. It's okay not to know what you want to do when you graduate from high school. 👩‍🎓🧑‍🎓

If you aren't sure university is for you or you want to explore your options before settling, we've pulled together some alternatives. [Link in Bio ☝️☝️]

#Education #Kids #Teenagers #Parenting #University #Tips #Inspiration #HighSchool #Graduation #KidsOnTheCoastMagazine
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Ticket Discount: Sunshine Coast Lightning vs NSW Swifts, Tuesday 17 May.

Head on down to the USC Stadium for this mid-week clash against the reigning Suncorp Super Netball premiers, NSW Swifts.

Use code KOTC10 for $10 off any ticket purchase to the game.

Check out all the details right now! Link in Bio.
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Often when we think of getting creative with the kids we picture onerous activities with a mess of paints and a tangle of craft supplies. Not so!

We caught up with Karen Gawen at @sclibraries, who says most creative fun for kids doesn’t require tedious planning or a lot of special supplies.

Check out her top tips [link in bio 👆👆] for making the daily grind an opportunity to get creative ...

🛀 when kids are in the bath
📚 when you're at the library or reading at home
🍲 when you're in the kitchen
🌳 while you're at the park or outdoors
😴 during those quiet moments in your day
🌙 and when kids are ready for bed

#Kids #Creativity #Fun #Craft #Home #Free #Parenting #Parenthood #Inspiration #Tips
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DISCOUNT TICKET OFFER: Sunshine Coast Lightning vs West Coast Fever at USC Stadium, Sat 14 May!

This is great day out for the entire family with lots of fun activities, giveaways, food trucks and so much more!

Check out all the deets today. Link in Bio.
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"With a heavy heart, the Organising Committed decided ... that our Festival will not be able to go ahead in 2022."

The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival has been cancelled for 2022 amid ongoing recovery issues from February's deadly floods.

[Link in bio 👆👆]

#Goomeri #PumpkinFestival #Events #Brisbane #Queensland #SunshineCoast #Cancelled
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Sunshine Coast artist Sophy Blake has transformed the iconic Ginger Factory at Yandina into a joyous explosion of colour.

The aptly named Rainbrella Project features almost 1,000 umbrellas ☂️☂️ over 200m and took local artist more than 100 hours to create! 🤯

WHAT: The Rainbrella Project
WHERE: The Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina
WHEN: 9am to 5pm daily

#WhatsOn #SunshineCoast #Yandina #TheGingerGractory #TheRainbrellaProject #Happiness #Kids #Free #Family #Fun
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Mother's Day is such a special day for so many, but it can also be a difficult day for some.

If you find it a day to be endured, rather than celebrated, know that we are thinking of you.

We are thinking of the women waiting for their miracle. We are thinking of those mothers who have suffered a pregnancy loss and those mothers who have suffered stillbirth. We are thinking of those mothers who have lost children. We are thinking of those whose mother is no longer here, and those whose mothers are still here but are lost to dementia. We are thinking of those who find today difficult because you have a broken relationship with your child or your own mother.

Mother’s Day is to honour the women who nurture, support and love us. While some of us might do an upbeat celebration, there are others who need quiet, respect and compassion.

If you think your friend might have a difficult Mother’s Day, reach out. Any act of kindness and acknowledgement will go a long way in comforting them.

For those who need support, please contact:
📞Lifeline 13 11 14
📞BeyondBlue 1300 224 636
💻 @motherlessdaughtersau
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Would you know the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Sunday, May 8, isn't just Mother's Day ... It's also World Ovarian Cancer Day.

Ovarian cancer is a silent killer among women. The symptoms can be so vague that by the time you receive a diagnosis, the cancer is often at an advanced stage. Roughly 280 Queenslanders are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year.

[Link in bio ☝☝]

@cancercouncilqld
#Health #Queensland #Brisbane #OvarianCancer #Cancer #Women
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Looking for a last-minute Mother's Day gift that will melt your mother's heart? We've got five quick and easy ideas that could do the trick!

Link in bio ☝☝

#MothersDay #Gifts #Craft #Handmade #Homemade #Kids #KidsOnTheCoastMagazine
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FRIDAY FRENZY ticket sale!

Revisit the Round 3 clash of Sunshine Coast Lightning vs Adelaide Thunderbirds at USC Stadium on Sat 7 May!

Use code KIDSFREE when you buy one adult ticket and you'll get a junior ticket for FREE! Link in Bio.
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Messy Play Matters Sunshine Coast event is BACK at Nambour Showgrounds, Thurs 19 May 9.30am to 12pm thanks to our friends at Play Matters Australia (formerly Playgroup Queensland).

Explore messy play experiences galore! Cheeky Little Monkeys Soft Play, Jumping Jokers Jumping Castles, Live Music, Coffee Vans, Sausage Sizzle, Cup Cake stall, raffle and so much more!

Tickets are FREE but you need to register to attend. Link in Bio.
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The Premier's Reading Challenge is about to kick off! 🤓📚 It's an opportunity to encourage your child's love of reading. Now and for the rest of their lives.

What was the last book your child read?

👇👇 Some of the suggested books on the Premier's Reading Challenge book lists.

FOR KIDS AGED 0-5
📖 Busy beaks by Sarah Allen
📖 What do you call your grandma / grandpa? by Ashleigh Barton
📖 Oi Aardvark by Kes Gray
📖 Big love by Megan Jacobsen

FOR KIDS AGED 6-10
📖 Help wanted, must love books by Janet Johnson Sumner
📖 The rock from the sky by Jon Klassen
📖 Wandi by Favel Parrett
📖 Songbird by Ingrid Laguna

FOR KIDS AGED 11-14
📖 The year the maps changed by Danielle Binks
📖 My brother Ben by Peter Carnarvas
📖 Paws by Kate Foster
📖 Mixed feelings by Declan Miller
📖 Off the map by Scot Gardner

#Education #Reading #PremiersReadingChallenge #QLDEducation #Kids #Literacy #AmReading
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Parenting can at times be hard work no matter who you are. What if you are parenting a highly sensitive child though?

Highly sensitive children require patience and consideration. Raising a highly sensitive child presents with a unique set of challenges. But their temperament gives them the innate capacity to become compassionate and meaningful leaders.

Find out more [Link in Bio ☝]

#Parenting #HSC #HighlySensitive #Kids #Children #parenthood
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❄️Hot water bottles
🔥 Heat packs
☀️️Electric blankets

These are the household items an Aussie mum and former paramedic has told parents and caregivers to be wary of when wanting to warm the kids in winter.

Instead, she says you should consider:
✅ Layering kids in singlets, onesies or sleeping bags
✅ Choosing a sleeping bag TOG that matches the room temperature
✅ Getting the room warm before bedtime if it's especially cold
✅ Ensuring your kids' hair is dry thoroughly before they go to bed
❤️ Giving plenty of cuddles at bedtime (it warms your heart too).

#Home #Health #Safety #Kids #Winter #StayWarm #TinyHeartsEducation #Warning
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CONGRATULATIONS! Matthew Flinders Anglican College principal Stuart Meade was both shocked and delighted recently. Having dedicated more than 30 years to the Australian Schools Rugby Union, he was invested as a Life Member.

From the cricket pitch to the pool and all in between, there is an impressive cohort of young Matthew Flinders talents.

#MatthewFlinders #Sport #ASRU #StuartMeade #LifeMembership
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