We want each and every child to have the most enjoyable, beneficial and successful school experience they can possibly have. That’s why we’ve put together a toolbox of practical, easy-to-use strategies, activities and tips that will help you develop your youngster’s foundation skills – the skills they need to develop for school-based tasks such as reading, writing and playing sport.
With PlayBiz, junior will start school ready to learn in leaps and bounds!
As a parent, I feel the same emotions and fears as most other parents… Is my child okay? How’s my child going for their age? Am I doing this right? Should I be doing more? ....
PlayBiz is specially designed so your little miss or mister’s development is easier, engaging and actually fun! It’s your roadmap to their school journey, so you don’t have to stress about taking a wrong turn and ending up in Timbucktoo.
We’ll get you both where you need to go. Better yet, all of PlayBiz’s activities and strategies make the most of your scallywag’s naturally playful and curious ways. To your youngster PlayBiz feels like fun play and quality time with a loved one. Meanwhile you’re safe in the knowledge that junior is learning vital skills while they enjoy themselves!
PlayBiz and your daily grind will be besties
Thanks to being a nanny and a mum, I totally get the headache involved in ‘household logistics’. I know all about the need for credible and practical information that I can easily use, amidst the chaos of running a household and juggling absolutely everything a day, week, month, year can bring. That’s why all of PlayBiz’s activities can be easily incorporated into your daily routine and the countless things you have to tick of your list. So much so that soon they’ll become second nature! And if that wasn’t enough, everything ‘PlayBiz’ can be created in your own home using household materials, so there’s no need to rush out and spend unnecessary money.
How desperately a resource like PlayBiz is needed has been repeatedly reinforced to me over the years in my many roles with children, including:
- As an occupational therapist specialising in child development (since 2001)
- As a nanny to actress Cate Blanchett and her three boys (for 3 years)
- As an auntie and as a friend to many mums
- As a mum myself to a busy little boy (since 2012)
Private experts in childhood development can be costly and public development centres have frustrating waitlists of 6–12 months that delay developing these crucial skills even further.
That’s why I set about creating PlayBiz, my tailor-made, step-by-step guide for your little one’s development to give them their best start to school and a positive early education experience – the benefits of which will echo throughout their life.
Rest assured, PlayBiz’s resources are both reliable and effective. It all stems from comprehensive research that’s grounded in world-recognised theory, as well as my extensive clinical experience as an occupational therapist working with pint-sized humans. Everything you’ll find on PlayBiz has been trialled and tested in many forms – we know you only want the best for your child and so do we.
Speaking of research…
Did you know that how a 4- or 5-year-old’s is 'performing' in their age relevant skills predicts how well they’ll perform throughout their school life?
Australian and international studies have shown that the academic success of children within this age group is likely to be similar as they grow older when compared to their school peers. It’s a scary thought but it just goes to show how important early childhood development is! For more of these eye-opening stats and facts you can check out our Research page.
With PlayBiz, you don’t just gain the tips, tricks and techniques you need to get little miss or mister ready for school, you also get a warm fuzzy feeling from knowing that 50% of your membership subscription fee goes directly to charitable organisations! These charities do great work in our community, helping disadvantaged or vulnerable children and their families access much-needed educational programs and resources.
Find out more about our social responsibility through the PlayBiz Charity page.
Now that you’ve got the lay of the land, let's play together and help your youngster develop their foundation skills so that they:
- Start school with their best foot forward, ready to learn and grow
- Have a positive early learning experience, the benefits of which will ripple into their later school years and adulthood
- Can excel to the best of their ability
- Are free to be a kid and have fun!
Before you head into the thick of the written and video content in the Foundation Skills section, I suggest heading to the School Readiness section first, where you can:
Feel free to jump right ahead to the Foundation Skills instead though if that tickles your fancy! I’m so excited to share this awesome time in your little one’s life with you and help you strengthen and shape the person they’re becoming.
Enjoy PlayBiz and don’t forget: little skills shape big futures!
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Natalie Martin, founder of PlayBiz