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29

Local business: Bumps & Beyond

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baby 1Learn to massage your baby – they’ll love it!

  • Relieves colic
  • Can help with reflux
  • Improves sleep
  • Develops bonding

Infant massage is an ancient tradition, practiced in many cultures throughout the world. It is now growing in popularity in Australia as parents are discovering that massage can help their child settle, sleep better, reduce crying and relieve problems such as wind, colic, constipation, reflux and eczema. It even helps reduce post-natal depression by helping parents bond with their babies.

Bumps and beyond is a local company, run by Julie Snowling, a qualified midwife and Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Julie is dedicated to helping parents learn the right massage techniques which can help overcome a particular problem or just purely for quality time together. Infant massage can be taught in group or private classes.

For more information call Julie 0410 044 111 – also on Facebook.

 

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Jul
28

Chores by Age

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I am a big believer in kids doing chores. I think teaching basic life skills and getting them to help out around the home is really important. I also want my boys to be independent and able to survive in the “real world” when they leave home (and pick up their wet towels!).

I keep it very simple and it’s taken a while to work out a plan that suits our family but now my boys do their chores without complaint and they also do a really good job!

I have set jobs for them according to their age, but for us what works really well is their “morning jobs” between 8am – 8.30am. The part I like best is that they tidy their toys from the lounge room area every morning so every afternoon when we get home at least that area of the house (that I have to look at the most!) is nice and tidy.

Here is a list of suggested jobs I’ve come across according to age. Please note, my kids in NO WAY do all these jobs – I’ve just selected a few from each list that work well for them and their abilities but I’ve included more jobs so you can pick and choose what works for your family.

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Toddler (Ages 2-3)

  • Pick Up Toys (show them how)
  • Bring plate and cup to the sink after a meal
  • Straighten covers on the bed
  • Put dirty clothes into the hamper
  • Dust (little kids love those fluffy feather dusters!)
  • Put books or magazines in a pile

Pre-schooler (Ages 4-5)

  • All Toddler jobs
  • Make the bed
  • Help put clothes in washing machine/dryer
  • Help put clothes away
  • Take out recycling
  • Unload utensils from dishwasher
  • Water plants
  • Clean up backyard
  • Feed pets

Infant school (Ages 6-8)

  • All Preschool & Toddler Jobs
  • Set table
  • Wash dishes in sink
  • Put clean clothes away on own
  • Collect garbage around the house
  • Sweep
  • Vacuum
  • Get mail
  • Put away groceries
  • Wash/vacuum car
  • Weed garden

Primary School (Ages 9-11)

  • All Toddler, Preschool, & Elementary Jobs
  • Help in meal preparation
  • Clean toilets
  • Clean bathroom sinks, counters, mirrors
  • Take wheelie bins out to road
  • Mow lawn
  • Clean animal cages/area
  • Help make/pack lunch
  • Change sheets on bed (or at least strip the bed)

Remember, your kids don’t automatically know how to do most of these jobs. You will need to walk them through it and teach them how you want it done – after two or three times they’ll get the knack of it!

As for payment or pocket money – well that’s a whole other kettle of fish and I’ve found varies quite a lot between families. The majority of the kids’ pocket money goes straight into their Scoot Super Saver account which is easy for me!

Find out more about the fabulous Scoot Super Saver with bcu by clicking here.

 

 

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Welcome to our guide to the upcoming weekly events for the Coffs Coast … if you know of an event not listed please email alison@coffsforkids.com. You can also check our calendar for events on the Coffs Coast for families and kids.

Please note: there are a number of Playgroups in our area operating weekly. You can click here to find your nearest with contact details and more information.

Monday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10.30am – Bring your Bub to Birch, Carroll and Coyle. This week – “Jersey Boys”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.

Tuesday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10:30am – 12:00pm free Tuesday Playgroups at Beachstone Cafe in North Sapphire. Includes craft activities, bubbles, dancing and games.

11am – 11.45am – Woolgoogla Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

9.30 – 11.30am - Playsessions at Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) – click here for more info.

Wednesday

9.30 – 11.30am - Playsessions at Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) – click here for more info.

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

11am – 12.30pm - Coffs Harbour Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

12.30am – Bring your Bub to Birch, Carroll and Coyle. This week – “Jersey Boys”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.

2.00 – 3.30pm - Playsessions at Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) – click here for more info.

Thursday

growerslittle8am – 3.30pm – COFFS COAST GROWERS MARKET.   Local & regional produce, home-made treats for all to enjoy! Everything from fresh fruit & veg, seafood, bread, cakes, pastries, meat, flowers and plants, jams and condiments, roasted coffee, tea, nuts, olives, smallgoods, pasta and more.

 

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10am – midday – Coffs Coast Family Support Playgroup at Boambee Memorial Hall. Click here for more information.

11am – 11.45am – Toormina Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

Friday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10.30am – Bring your Bub to Birch, Carroll and Coyle. This week – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2D”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.

Saturday

10am – 2pm – Food market at Park Beach Reserve. A great family day out, make sure you bring your picnic blanket!

10am – “Family Flick” at Birch, Carroll and Coyle Coffs Harbour. “How to Train a Dragon 2″- all tickets just $6.

Sunday

10am – “Family Flick” at Birch, Carroll and Coyle Coffs Harbour. “How to Train a Dragon 2″- all tickets just $6.

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Welcome to our guide to the upcoming weekly events for the Coffs Coast … if you know of an event not listed please email alison@coffsforkids.com. You can also check our calendar for events on the Coffs Coast for families and kids.

Please note: there are a number of Playgroups in our area operating weekly. You can click here to find your nearest with contact details and more information.

Monday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10.30am – Bring your Bub to Birch, Carroll and Coyle. This week – “Transformers: Age of Extinction 2D”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.

Tuesday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10:30am – 12:00pm free Tuesday Playgroups at Beachstone Cafe in North Sapphire. Includes craft activities, bubbles, dancing and games.

11am – 11.45am – Woolgoogla Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

9.30 – 11.30am - Playsessions at Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) – click here for more info.

Wednesday

9.30 – 11.30am - Playsessions at Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) – click here for more info.

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

11am – 12.30pm - Coffs Harbour Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

12.30am – Bring your Bub to Birch, Carroll and Coyle. This week – “Transformers: Age of Extinction 2D”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.

2.00 – 3.30pm - Playsessions at Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) – click here for more info.

Thursday

growerslittle8am – 3.30pm – COFFS COAST GROWERS MARKET.   Local & regional produce, home-made treats for all to enjoy! Everything from fresh fruit & veg, seafood, bread, cakes, pastries, meat, flowers and plants, jams and condiments, roasted coffee, tea, nuts, olives, smallgoods, pasta and more.

 

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10am – midday – Coffs Coast Family Support Playgroup at Boambee Memorial Hall. Click here for more information.

11am – 11.45am – Toormina Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

Friday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10.30am – Bring your Bub to Birch, Carroll and Coyle. This week – “Jersey Boys”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.

Saturday

Glenreagh Timber Festival – The Annual Glenreagh Timber Festival is a fun family day celebrating our timber industry heritage and culture.  The annual event will celebrate it’s 10th year this year with a special wood chop title and will include the usual championship woodchopping competition, timber crafts, timber industry artifacts, sheep dog trial demonstrations, market stalls and childrens entertainment. Click here for more info.

10am – 2pm – Food market at Park Beach Reserve. A great family day out, make sure you bring your picnic blanket!

10am – “Family Flick” at Birch, Carroll and Coyle Coffs Harbour. “RIO 2- all tickets just $6.

12 – 4pm – Coffs Harbour Skate Plaza – Official Opening. Local bands, demonstrations by BMX and Skate Riders, as well as free-time for skaters and BMX riders. Click here for more info.

Sunday

10am – “Family Flick” at Birch, Carroll and Coyle Coffs Harbour. “RIO 2- all tickets just $6.

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Little Kickers provides children from as young as 18 months old with an early introduction to the fun and excitement of football.  Offering 45 min classes in 4 different age groups creates a positive fun-filled programme executed in a friendly pressure-free environment. Classes are offered in blocks of 6 or 12 and will be conducted indoors in the Exhibition Centre at the Coffs Harbour Showground.
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Our opening sessions are Saturday July 26. We are very excited about this new venture on the Coffs Coast and certainly hope that you will be joining us for the inaugural classes.
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The class timings by age group are as follows:
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Little Kickers (18 months to 2 years 3 months)  8:15 – 9:00am
Junior Kickers (2- 3.5 years)  9:15 – 10:00am
Mighty Kickers (3.5 – 5th birthday) 10:15 – 11:00am
Mega Kickers (5th birthday -7th birthday)

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For more information, please visit the website at www.littlekickers.com.au or Facebook page. Registration for the sessions can be done completely on-line.
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Please contact Adam on 0450 532 450 to discuss this program or provide you with any additional information about our program.

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Little Kickers has also been awarded – The 2014 Winner Best National Preschooler Activity 2-5 years!

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Welcome to our guide to the upcoming weekly events for the Coffs Coast … if you know of an event not listed please email alison@coffsforkids.com. You can also check our calendar for events on the Coffs Coast for families and kids.

Please note: there are a number of Playgroups in our area operating weekly. You can click here to find your nearest with contact details and more information.

Monday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

Tuesday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10:30am – 12:00pm free Tuesday Playgroups at Beachstone Cafe in North Sapphire. Includes craft activities, bubbles, dancing and games.

11am – 11.45am – Woolgoogla Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

Wednesday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

11am – 12.30pm - Coffs Harbour Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

Thursday

growerslittle8am – 3.30pm – COFFS COAST GROWERS MARKET.   Local & regional produce, home-made treats for all to enjoy! Everything from fresh fruit & veg, seafood, bread, cakes, pastries, meat, flowers and plants, jams and condiments, roasted coffee, tea, nuts, olives, smallgoods, pasta and more.

 

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10am – midday – Coffs Coast Family Support Playgroup at Boambee Memorial Hall. Click here for more information.

11am – 11.45am – Toormina Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

Friday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10.30am – Bring your Bub to Birch, Carroll and Coyle. This week – “Transformers: Age of Extinction 2D”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.

5pm – 6pm – To support and raise awareness for The Pyjama Foundation, the Coffs Library is having a special Evening Pyjama Storytime.
Wear your PJs to the library and bring your teddy or a toy along too … the teddys and toys will be able to have a “sleepover” in the library and when you pick them up you can find out all about their adventures in library land! To book, or for more info – click here.

Saturday

10am – 2pm – Food market at Park Beach Reserve. A great family day out, make sure you bring your picnic blanket!

 

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Jul
10

Enrolling Now! Term 3, 2014

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Kids Art Club-  held Saturdays at the Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery. Art classes for 5-8yr olds and 9-12yr olds. CLICK HERE  for more information.

Fast Track Feet – Fast N fun program is for kids age 5-8yrs and Fast N fit program is for kids age 9-13yrs. Click here for more info: www.fasttrackfeet.com.au .
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Go4Fun - registrations are now open for Term 3, 2014. Call 1800 780 900 to register NOW or go to www.go4un.com.au. Places are limited, so be sure to get in before they all fill up. Now offering awesome prizes for attendance! Program running at Narranga Primary School in Coffs Harbour on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm.

Kanga Kidz - Introduces children aged 2.5yrs – 5yrs to a variety of nine different sports in a structured, safe environment - Hockey, T-ball, Soccer, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket, Basketball, Football & Golf. Click here for more info.

Harbour Tennis Academy -  lessons include: Pre-School Hot Shots (3-5yrs), PeeWee Hot Shots (5-7yrs), Hot Shot Development Group (7-15yrs), Holiday Clinics (3-16yrs) and more. Click here for more info.

Coffs Kids Health Club -  Fabulous kids classes for fun and fitness. Kids Zumba for 5-9 yr olds on Tuesdays at 3.30pm until 4.15pm, Kids Yoga for 5-9 year olds on Tuesdays at 4.30pm until 5.15pm and Kids Zumba for 9-13 year olds on Tuesdays at 5.30pm until 6.15pm. Classes commence on Tuesday the 15th July and will be held at the C.ex Coffs. Book a spot by calling Carla on 0412 930 064 or emailing carla@coffscoasthc.com.au.
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Mini GymbaROO Coffs Harbour - At GymbaROO you can enjoy quality time with your child while a trained teacher guides you through activities specific to your child’s stage of development from 8 weeks to 5 years. Our structured program, based on 30 years of neurological research offers movement, music, massage, rhythm, dance, and specialized equipment to enhance your child’s co-ordination and challenge their imagination. Classes run Wednesday & Friday at Botanical Gardens. Click here for more details.
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Harbour Swim School - Enrolling now for learn to swim classes for Babies (from 6 months),  pre-schoolers and school age children.  We also offer 1 on 1 lessons for children with special needs or  learning disabilities. Stroke correction, squad classes, adult classes and aqua Zumba classes also available. All our staff are Austswim qualified and our swim school is  registered with Swim Australia.  The pool is an indoor heated pool open all year round! Contact 6652 7665 for more information. Located at Marcia St, Coffs Harbour.
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Jr. Superstar Sports -  Our programs cater for ages 18mths – adults and help develop the fundamental skills and fitness associated with gymnastics and trampolining. School term programs include Kinder Gym, Play Gym, Recreational and Competitive Gymnastics, Beginner to Advanced Trampolining and MUCH MORE! Click here for more information or call 6658 7188.
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East Coast Surf School - Various programs including: after school “Grom Surf Squads” 4-15yrs (Mon-Fri). “Family Surf Sessions” (Saturday – Mum’s come for free if 2 paying family members). “Surf Sisters” for Mum’s 9am weekdays and Sundays. Lessons start from $20 per week. Wetsuits, long sleeve rashshirts and surfboards provided. Click here for more information or call 66 515515.
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Coffs Coast Physie - Classes cater for ages from 3/4 years through to adult. Classes are held on Tuesday afternoons at the Coffs Harbour Showground in the Exhibition Hall. Click here for more information or contact 0411 460 377.
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Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium - is now enrolling students for all courses in 2014. We teach all types and styles of music including: Early Childhood Music classes 2-5 years of age on three days per week. Private or shared lessons for a variety of instruments; keyboard, piano, guitar, brass, strings, woodwind, voice and percussion. A new Primary Choir is starting this year for ages 7-13 on Tuesdays, rehearsing at the Conservatorium. Click here for more information of contact 6652 1592.
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Women’s Health Centre – various programs on for parents and Grandparents including Beginners Tai Chi, mindfulness course, antenatal pilates and much more – click here for more information.
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