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Mindfulness Training for Parent Stress – Griffith University Study

Parenting can be stressful and can be even more challenging when children experience anxiety and worries. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health disorders affecting children. In Australia, 7% of children and adolescent between 4 to 11 years of age experience an anxiety disorder. In children, anxiety disorders are among the earliest mental health disorders to onset, cause significant distress and impairment and predict the development of other mental health disorders and substance use problems later in life.

Mindfulness training for parents has been shown to be an effective intervention for helping parents of children experiencing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It has been shown to reduce parent’s stress, anxiety and depression and to also lead to improvements in children’s behaviour, attention, and concentration. However, there is little research evaluating mindfulness training for parents of young children with anxiety disorders.

  •  Our research trial study will explore the effects of mindfulness training for parents of young children (ages 3 to 7) who are experiencing high anxiety (e.g., social anxiety, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, or specific phobias).
  • We are offering a FREE 8-week mindfulness training group for parents at Griffith University, Southport, Gold Coast.

The study has been approved by Griffith University Research and Ethics Committee (Ref No: 2018/ 894).

For further information or to participate please email Kids in Mind…   Email:

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2019 Pre-School Parents

Please ensure that you advise your Centre if you are a Health Care Card holder, or an Australian Government Pension Concession Card holder with automatic Health Care Card entitlements, as you may be eligible to receive a further discount on your Preschool fees. Discounted Preschool fees are applied at the beginning of each term and cannot be backdated.

A quick reminder about Immunisations!

A copy of  your child’s immunisation record is required at enrolment please.  This must be in the form of an official record issued by the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register or a letter from a recognised immunisation provider (e.g. a GP or immunisation nurse).  As your child progresses through with their subsequent immunisation schedules, so too their updated record will need to be provided…  Regrettably the “Personal Health Record” (the ‘red book’) from Queensland Health is no longer an acceptable proof of immunisation as it contains only handwritten updates.

A child must be fully immunised, on a catch up immunisation schedule or have a valid exemption at the time a parent makes their very first claim for Childcare Benefit.  Please provide your valid exemption from your General Practitioner if applicable.

N.B.     Not providing this information will result in exclusion from care in the event of particular infections, at the discretion of the Population Health Unit. Normal fees will apply during absence.

You can get a copy of your child’s immunisation records held on ACIR (Australian Childhood Immunisation Register):

Great Online Resources



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There are some terrific online resources out there available to both Educators and families…

The Raising Children Network and Early Years Count provide outstanding online resources to support both parents and children in the early years.

Take some time to “look around” in these sites!  They have all sorts of handy & useful information!



Make Play everyday

Make learning fun…

Simple everyday moments help your child grow.

The new Make Play Everyday campaign recognises that parents and families play a major role in their child’s ongoing learning.
Through a series of short videos, articles and tips, we show parents how existing activities can play a part in their child’s development.
Using simple ideas, relevant to all ages, we show how easy it is for parents and families to incorporate play and learning into everyday activities.
Whether that is talking about what you see on the way to the park, singing nursery rhymes, pointing out something you both see out the window, or learning new words while shopping for groceries.
See how you can make learning with your child fun.
Visit The Early Years Count to discover easy activities that make learning fun.
Make Play Everyday is an initiative of the Queensland Department of Education.


Important Information regarding Childcare Subsidy Balancing

Please click on the following link to access important information that may be useful to know as Centrelink begin the reconciliation processes for the 2018 – 2019 Tax Year…

And remember, we are here to help if we can!

Thank You YD Helensvale!

Thank you YD Helensvale!!! Your donations were gratefully received by the Rosies staff this morning!!! And the visitors attending the drop in centre had eyes on sticks at the amount of goodies!!! LOL! <3


Getting ready for “big school”…

With the New Year just a couple of days away and with many Preschoolers about to start “big school” we thought the article below might be of interest…


The raising children website has a wealth of resources for all aged children from babies right through to teens…  Check it out at


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Talking to children about the bushfires…

We were moved to seek some resources to assist parents with the strategies to use when speaking to our children about the recent bushfire events overwhelming our beautiful country of late…  Here is the first one…  <3