School Holiday Programs

School Holiday Programs

Each school holidays Melbourne Child Development offers a variety of programs for children to engage with their peers and work on similar communication goals in a unique group environment with the specialised guidance of our Speech Pathologists. The groups are designed to be fun, while helping your child to improve their communication and develop important social interaction skills typical of everyday playground and classroom interactions.

What does each program include?

  • A pre-program assessment of your child for us to understand their needs, and a post program summary report of what they have gained.
  • 4 days of programs, providing a unique opportunity for your child to work on their individually tailored goals within the supported environment of a group.
  • A 30 minute parent coaching session aimed at assisting you to help your child generalise their new skills into everyday life.
  • The knowledge and expertise of Speech Pathologists with over 30 years collective experience.
  • Long enough sessions to give your child time to truly interact with the group and form relationships.
  • 1 ½ hours to yourself…have a coffee or enjoy some quiet time.
  • And most importantly…something fun for your child  to look forward to in the school holidays!

We are excited to announce a new offering in our social skill programs for the January school holidays. For one session of the four sessions of each group our knowledgeable Naturopath Georgie Stephen will work with the Speech Pathologists. Georgie will teach children to prepare and enjoy a nutritious snack. As we know, nutrition effects every aspect of a child’s development. Children can also work from a group plan, “shopping” from our in-house store, and considering their peer’s preferences in preparing the snack. This is called ‘theory-of-mind’.

We’re also thrilled to be running a “Ready to Read” program for children starting school in 2019. This program is also suitable for children that need to consolidate their early literacy skills from their foundation year in 2018.

Social Skill Programs 

Making Playmates
Suitable for preschool aged children (3-5 years of age)

Group 1
Dates: 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th of January 2019
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am (parent coaching each session: 10:30am – 11:00am)

Group 2
Dates:
21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of January 2019
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am (parent coaching each session: 10:30am – 11:00am)

Playing with Friends
Suitable for children 5-6 years of age
Dates: 14th, 15th, 17th, and 18th of January 2019
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am (parent coaching each session: 10:30am – 11:00am)

Building Buddies
Suitable for children 7-8 years of age
Dates: 14th, 15th, 17th, and 18th of January 2019
Times:  2:00pm – 4:00pm (parent coaching each session: 3:30pm – 4:00pm)

Hanging Out
Suitable for children 9-11 years of age
Dates: 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of January 2019
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm (parent coaching each session: 3:30pm – 4:00pm)

Reading Program

Ready to Read
Suitable for children starting school in 2019, and children that need to consolidate their early literacy skills from their foundation year in 2018.
Dates: 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th of January 2019
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm (parent coaching each session: 12:00pm – 12:30pm)

Additional groups may be run depending on demand.

Contact Nicole at reception to register your interest. Be quick, as registration will close at 5:00pm on Sunday the 9th of December 2018