Camp Australia to host Parent Insight series
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Camp Australia to host parent series to tackle growing mental health concerns

by Freya Lucas

May 10, 2024

Outside school hours care (OSHC) provider Camp Australia has announced the launch of its first Parent Insight Series, the first session of which will be held next week. 


From Surviving to Thriving: Moments the Matter for Children’s Emotional and Social Wellbeing is the first session in the series, and will be held on Tuesday 14 May at 7pm AEST. 


Created to support parents, carers, and guardians of primary school aged children, the Insight Series responds to feedback from families that asked for more support in guiding their children’s social and emotional health. 


Parent feedback supports the concerns of school Principals with more than 70 per cent of respondents to Camp Australia’s school leader survey identifying children’s mental health and wellbeing as the top challenge in schools today. 


“With over 30 years-experience, operating over 520 out of school hours care services across the country and caring for over 15,000 children every week, Camp Australia has an unparalleled insight into the wellbeing of, and issues facing children aged 5-12 years and their families,” Warren Jacobson, Camp Australia CEO said. 


“In our commitment to Guiding Children’s growth, the Insight Series has been created to empower families with useful insights and tools to support the challenges of parenthood.” 


Psychiatrist and respected parenting expert Dr Kaylene Henderson will lead the Insight series, and in the first session will share research-based practical tips for parenting approaches to interactions that significantly influence children’s wellbeing. 


Topics to be covered include fostering self-esteem, managing emotional challenges, and building resilience. The session aims to address the top concerns expressed by families and to empower parents for the key moments that can enhance their children’s emotional and social health. 


“Research supports the powerful role parents play, with the daily interactions we have influencing a whole range of children’s short- and long-term outcomes, including their social and emotional wellbeing,” she said. 


“Yet as parents, we’re not taught about the kind of interactions and responses that make the biggest impact – How do we help our children develop healthy self-esteem? How do we respond when they’re upset? How do we deal with those anxious moments that often arise? And how do we foster greater resilience in our children?” she asked. 


The Insight Series for Parents session kicks off on Tuesday 14 May at 7.00PM AEST via Zoom – register here

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