We know how busy parents are at this time of the year so we have put together a list of tips and suppliers to make your life easier.
Extra Curricular Activities
This year the first thing you should do is apply for your Active Kids Voucher and Creative Kids Voucher – you are able to apply for both for every one of your children who are school aged. This will defray up to $200 per child if they are into sports and creative pursuits.
Creative Kids Vouchers are available for:
- art galleries
- music and drama groups
- language schools
- private tutors and businesses offering creative and cultural programs
- for-profit or not-for-profit activity providers located in NSW.
If your child is playing a musical instrument, there is a local music store in Lane Cove. If your child does AMEB exams and needs a particular piece of music, all you have to do is email Derek below and he will source the music and send you an invoice. You can then pick it up at your own convenience.
ITC has a child who plays a musical instrument and shopping local has saved me so much time (as you are always told that they need new reeds or music 24 hours before they are actually needed). Syrinx Music (previously known as Lane Cove Music Supplies) is located in Central Arcade on the First Floor. Just call Derek and he will organise sheet music, instruments, reeds, music stands are much more. The convenience factor is HUGE.
Dance Uniforms and Costumes
If your child attends a dance school or is thinking of attending a dance school, they will need dance uniforms. This can be a costly exercise, particularly if your child only decides to dance for one term or likes it so much they want to do ballet, jazz and hip hop (all with different uniforms). Lane Cove Local Alison Bird had this exact problem when she had three girls who danced. Alison founded balletstuff.com.au and now sells affordable dance uniforms for kids online throughout Australia and has a retail store in Lane Cove. You can read about Alison here.
Hidden at the Rosenthal Car park end of Atrium Plaza, Ballet Stuff stocks very reasonable priced dance and gym gear. Their Best Seller Ballet Pack – which includes shoes, leotard, tights & skirt – is a really affordable way to get the entire outfit. This pack contains premium quality dancewear drastically cheaper than you will find in any retail outlet. A list of local Dance Schools is here.
It is a good idea to get your child’s eyes tested (particularly if you or your partner wear glasses). Eyes 4 You have a back to school special on prescription glasses. Just mention this offer when you book.
Back to School means back to sport and if you need a mouth guard, then speak to Apple Dental. A mouth guard is a priority if you are playing a contact sport. Your child’s teeth are precious so make sure they are protected. It is highly recommended that you go to a Dentist and have a mouth guard properly fitted. The ones you buy from a chemist don’t fit as well and that leads to kids complaining about wearing them or not wearing them at all. Apple Dental offers a huge range of mouth guard colours and would love to fit you or your child. Find out more here.
Speech Pathologists/Occupational Therapists
People are often surprised when they learn that speech pathologists work with a wide range of communication and swallowing issues that people may experience across the whole life-span. To help assist your little ones, speech pathologists work with babies with breastfeeding/swallowing difficulties the toddler who is not talking yet, the pre-schooler with a stutter and the primary school age child struggling with social interaction, language or literacy skills (did you know that speech pathologists are specialists in written language skills, i.e. reading, spelling and writing?). Find out list of Speech Pathologists/OT here.
There is also now the Homework Collective in Lane Cove to help with that dreaded homework.
A list of our local sports clubs and registration days will be published on ITC soon. In the second week of February, most sporting clubs will have a stand in Lane Cove Plaza to register your child.
Cameraygal School of Performing Arts has some places left in Term 1 for students from Kindy to High School.
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