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Inspired Kids Australia

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by Erica Enriquez (subscribe)
Published June 16th 2015
Encourage your child to be resilient, strong & confident

"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent, with a tremendous spirit of adventure and love of play" Henri Matisse

Everyone remembers happier times when they were children. The ability to let your imagination run rampant, where you might be a ballerina one day and then a superhero the next, were part and parcel of being a kid. As time went on, many of us were taught to be more cautious, to view the world with certain biases and opinions. By the time we are adults, fear and limited beliefs form our worldview make it harder to expand our minds and go beyond what we've been taught to believe.

But what if kids today could be inspired to retain that sense of play and wonder that served their imaginations so well, to allow them to deal with whatever life throws at them in the future?

Encouraging Children to be the Best they Can be
Inspired Kids Australia based in Castle Hill aims to encourage children to face life with a resourceful approach, and therefore helping them to grow to be resilient and positive, and to live their lives in a way that feels authentic to them, regardless of the pressures around them.

Developed by clinical neuropsychologist Marika and early childhood educator Annie (they are also an aunt and a mother respectively), they want Inspired Kids Australia to enable every child to retain their inherent sense of wonder and worth.

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Workshops teach kids how to deal with bullies

Inspired Kids Workshops
Inspired Kids Australia run workshops for primary school aged children aged 6-11 years old, working with each child to address subjects that are important to them. They are run on Saturday afternoons each school term. Using role-play, mixed media, brainstorming, relaxation techniques and props (amongst other things), the workshops aim to be unique, thought-provoking, and, above all else, fun. Some of the topics covered in previous workshops include:

Understanding and Responding to Bullying
Identifying & Reframing Negative Thoughts
Fostering a Growth Mindset

Children are led through a 50-minute workshop session while the parents and guardians are free to leave their child in the care of the staff. The central location means parents are able to do other things (shops and facilities are nearby), and they are always kept up-to-date on sessions via email and through the Inspired Kids Australia Facebook page. A weekly summary is posted on the page, with photos, as well as updates to upcoming workshops and a handy reminder to current workshop attendees.

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Kids are encouraged to express themselves through artworks made during the workshops

The sessions are held at the Castle Grand Community Centre in Castle Hill, downstairs from Castle Hill Library, and many parents often use this time to chill out in the library while the workshop takes place.

How to enroll
To enroll your child in the Inspired Kids Australia workshops, go to and download the form. The price of the workshops is $200 for one term of weekly sessions, which covers the cost of running the workshops themselves, staff payment, insurance and venue hire.

If you require any further information about Inspired Kids Australia, head to their FAQS page, or contact them via email on or on their Facebook page at

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Why? To foster every child in the world's inherent sense of wonderment, worthiness & wholeness.
When: Saturday afternoons throughout a regular school term
Where: Castle Hill Community Centre (Wexford Room)
Cost: $200 for 1 term of weekly sessions
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