Here in Australia, we’re lucky to have access to an amazing education system, and in the Illawarra, our schools have a great reputation. But sometimes children need different options in order..
Christmas is just around the corner and as we prepare for the silly season, it is important to be organised and prepare your children for the holiday period. Holidays can be a difficult ti..
Somehow, in what has been both the longest and the shortest year of our lives, it is finally December, which means the harsh days of unrelenting Summer sunshine are upon us. You know, the ones whe..
It's that special time of year when our gorgeous Illawarra / Wollongong region comes into it's own. The beautifully warm embrace of summer is upon us and Parents Guide Illawarra can't wait to shar..
One particularly humid morning during the recent start to the school holidays, my permanently early riser of a son (almost 6 years of age), begged me at 7am in the morning to take him to the beach..
Ah Illawarra skateparks - we are blessed with these FREE parks that can challenge and inspire our kids and teens - let them be free from screens, whilst developing and enhancing balance and motor ..
Planning for the future can be difficult, especially when children are involved. Our goal at Access Law Group is to advise and provide you with tools to help you plan ahead during difficul..
It's no secret how spoilt rotten we are in the Illawarra when it comes to our stunning surroundings and location - it's little wonder therefore, why more and more families are now calling this reg..
Isolation associated with the COVID-19 crisis has led to a 50% increase in new mothers seeking help from the Illawarra Early Parenting Centre. The Illawarra Early Parenting Centre’s popular ..
GOOD NEWS for Illawarra families! A local leader that is dedicated to our children's early education AND our growing community, is going one step further in ensuring the future of our children is ..
When parents decide to separate, emotions and tensions can run high. Once you combine the stress and heartache of the situation, navigating a whole new world of parenting and the challenge of divi..
While the start of May sees the start of relaxation of our lockdown, life as we knew it pre-corona is still some time away. We can start visiting people in small numbers and a staggered re-introdu..
Please note: Check with NSW National Parks (https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/) first before visiting these bushwalks, as some of these may still be closed at this time due to Covid-19. A..
As I’m writing this, Australians are being encouraged to stay at home, and to avoid unnecessary interactions with other people as much as possible. While schools and childcare facilities remain op..
The evidence is irrefutable - our children's attendance at a quality pre-school, really does help them emotionally develop and academically flourish. But how as loving parents, do we choose th..
WINGS OVER ILLAWARRA CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 After consultation with NSW Health, the organisers of Wings Over Illawarra 2020, Mark and Kerry Bright, have made the heart-breaking dec..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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.... ..
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 ..
"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..
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!’ 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..
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 ..
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..
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