• Why KindyROO ?

    For 30 years the program has developed a formidable reputation for delivering quality to parents and children. Over 30,000 children and their parents attend a KindyROO session each week.


    Dr Frances Glascoe, a world leader in early childhood development, who is the author of PEDS which has been rolled out Nationwide by Maternal Child Health Centres, is a pro-bono patron of KindyROO because she loves what the program offers parents, especially dads.


    The American Academy of Paediatrics Developmental and Behavioural journal published a four page article describing the program positively and giving it the tag "An innovative Australian approach".


    Initially based on practical experience and observation, and positive outcomes for early implementations, today after 30 years, there is significant empirical research validating many aspects of the underlying KindyROO Rationale.


    FUN & LEARNING! KindyROO’s activity classes are all about fun and learning! Children can climb, swing, tumble, dance and sing their way to a healthy brain and body in readiness for later school learning.


    JUST ASK AROUND: KindyROO is highly recommended by many health professionals, including Paediatricians, Child Health Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Paediatric Osteopaths and Paediatric Chiropractors.


    At KindyROO we do not advocate avoiding modern medical advice; rather we help to show you ways in which you can still enable your baby to experience those important movement and sensory opportunities necessary for healthy brain and body development.

     

    80% of brain development occurs in the first year of life, 90% by the age of four. Experiences a child has in the first years lay the foundation for life.

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Leadership Team

KindyROO was created by Margaret Sasse in 1983 to address the neuro-physiological developmental needs of 0-5 year olds that directly affect future reading and learning skills. The programs Margaret developed were based on research of the leading childhood development experts of the time, with a specific focus on the relationship between physiological activities and their impact on the developing pathways of the brain that impact upon reading and learning capabilities. Her daughter Dr Jane Williams ran a KindyROO in Townsville for a number of years, then went back to University to complete a PhD in our area of expertise. This PhD was assessed by International experts in both the field of study and the methodology, and she was recommended for a Cum Laudae by one of the examiners. The PhD so impressed one of the examiners that she paid close attention to KindyROO and its underlying programs, and the work of Margaret. This examiner, Professor Frances Page Glascoe is a worldwide authority on parenting and early childhood development, and is co-editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Development and Behavior Newsletter. She also mentors the Royal Children’s Hospital (Vic) Community Child Health Program, and is a leading advisor for many similar programs around the world. In her foreword in Margaret's book 'Smart Start' Professor Glascoe described Margaret as "a leading international authority on the value (and enormous fun) of movement in children's lives; and in parent's lives too".

Prof Glascoe was so impressed that she has come on board the KindyROO team as our Patron for research and support – pro-bono. Jane leads the intellectual development of the franchisees and teachers. She regularly attends and contributes to international conferences on early childhood development. In close collaboration with the leading franchisees and teacher trainers, the KindyROO programs, in-house professional development courses, and reference material for franchisees are kept up to date with the latest research and knowledge. Research is also an important part of the work of the leadership team. Programs are assessed for their effectiveness in both the short and long term.

We expect our franchisees and teachers to aspire to become the local experts in our field and we have in place an ongoing professional development and educational program to support skill and knowledge development. Early childhood development is a lifetime commitment for our teams.

Founding Director : Margaret Sasse
Director : Research and program development : Dr Jane Williams
Managing Director : Operations and Marketing : Robert Sasse
Patrons :
Leading Kindyroo Teacher Trainers/ Consultants: Marianne Schriever
Marketing Consultant and Teacher Trainer: Bindy Cummings
Teacher trainer Australia & International centres Ros Littlejohn
Teacher trainer Australia & International centres Trish Rossetto
Teacher trainer NSW Lyn Jarvis
Teacher trainer NSW Carolyn Rule
Teacher trainer WA
Debbie Paterson
Teacher trainer WA Fiona Nation
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