Praise for KidsLink
"Browns Bay School was the very first school to sign up to be apart of the KidsLink programme, recognising that this was a 'missing link' in our journey to provide the very best educational outcomes for our students. KidsLink provides a vital service to both schools and parents who are seeking support to help children with learning and emotional needs. The key aspects of the KidsLink programme- website/events/help for kids - come together to provide a significant amount of information that schools and parents need to make an informed decision on how to best help their children.
- The KidsLink website allows the assurance of choice amongst a variety of high quality providers.
- The Events give parents and teachers the opportunity to hear from experienced speakers across a range of topics.
- The Help for Kids programme gives schools the flexibility to access support for students whose parents are not in a position to fund it themselves.
All this comes together to support schools and parents to achieve the KidsLink mission 'working together to grow great kids' - long may it continue."
Jo Hewitt - Deputy Principal (Browns Bay School)
"I have done a presentation about dyslexia three times now for KidsLink, in various locations. The numbers of parents, teachers and other interested parties has increased every time. Having a trade stand set up before the event enabled me to chat with interested people, listen to their particular concerns and give them pertinent information to increase their understanding. During the half time break I have been inundated with questions, which was wonderful, and also after the end of the event. This great exposure for myself has definitely helped grow my business. I truly admire Julie & Michele for their drive and determination to turn their incredible dream into reality, to help teachers, parents and kids. Also for their great organisational skills, helpfulness and set-up abilities; ensuring that every event runs smoothly and to time. All told – a great organisation doing great things for both professionals, communities and kids.
Christine Thesiger Dyslexia Made Easy (presenter)
Licensed Facilitator - Davis Dyslexia Correction® Programme
"The KidsLink service is such a great resource for all parents. I think it is especially useful for parents of children with special needs as I don't tend to be able to get out and chat with other parents about services available so having a one stop source of info is amazing. We were really excited that our school used KidsLink to organise a language assessment with a qualified therapist for him."
Jess - mother (Help for Kids recipient)
"KidsLink provides an invaluable service to help connect schools and families with various professional disciplines in order to help address a child's needs. As a growing independent Speech and Language Therapy business, I am proud to be associated with KidsLink to contribute to providing support for families and their children who are unable to access speech and language therapy for a variety of reasons. More support in the form of funding and public awareness about how KidsLink operates is needed so that more children can be reached and helped in their community."
Karen Blundell - Language4 Life (service provider Help for Kids)
"Thank you so very much for the generous support for our families. We are so very grateful for the additional support that we have been able to access for these families. We continue to sing out the KidsLink message and are looking forward to having you at the SENCo meeting to promote KidsLink to more schools. Take care and thank you very much again."
Lisa - SENCo (Rutherford Primary)
"The opportunity this scholarship has awarded me is a dream come true. Working with KidsLink and SAE has been an encouraging and positive experience - I have felt valued and supported every step of the application process and I am confident that this feeling will continue throughout my studies. I will be grateful to KidsLink for the rest of my life for giving me this chance and helping me take the next step towards my future. Thank you :)"
Alana Janssen (Help for Kids recipient)
"As a tertiary intuition, SAE supports the impressive and valuable work that KidsLink offers the education sector. Their commitment to schools, young adults and their whānau is truly exceptional. And the resources they provide particularly via their website are outstanding. SAE feel fortunate to be associating with KidsLink, particularly through our annual SAE/KidsLink scholarship for a secondary student keen to experience tertiary study by attending our Certificate of Electronic Music Production course for free. Such a scholarship is an example of the great work that Michele and team do. Thank you for all you do KidsLink!"
Dr Suzette Major - SAE Auckland (Campus Manager)
“KidsLink is a wonderful service that we share with our host families and our au pairs. KidsLink enables the teachers at Dream Au Pair to find solutions for their children’s learning and development needs. As well as a listing of trusted service providers, the KidsLink events and information they share with the community are invaluable.”
Tanya Burrage - CEO (Dream Au Pair)
“KidsLink is a fantastic online resource that is easily accessible. The grandparents in the group found Julie really approachable and have been using the site for accessing information for their grandchildren's varied needs. They were pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to use.”
Sonia - co-ordinator (Grandparents parenting grandchildren)
"Thank you so much for everything you have done for our student and his family. It is so wonderful to have a website like yours for teachers and parents to go to get support. You are doing an amazing job in providing this service and I have referred a large number of parents. I look forward to working with you in the future."
Alex - SENCo (Waitakere Primary)
"The Kidslink service is such a great resource for all parents but I think especially useful for parents of children with special needs as I don't tend to be able to get out and chat with other parents about services available so having a one-stop source of info is amazing. We were really excited that our school used Kidslink to organise a language assessment with a qualified therapist for him."
Jess - parent
"I was told that my daughter has classic signs of dyslexia when she was in Year 4. It all came about by a simple test that the school had organised. After this testing took place my daughter went into a special class once a week within the school to get her up to national standards. Even though my daughter looked to be doing okay on paper with her school reports, I was quite concerned as a parent for intermediate and college level, to how she would cope. When I investigated to how she would get a reader/writer and extra time in the classroom, I learnt fast this would be a costly exercise of around $900, to get her diagnosed properly. I am truly thankful to getting extra support from KidsLink who put my daughter through a psychological assessment through the Help for Kids programme. Now my daughter is able to get the support she needs through the schooling system. KidsLink has been a life changing experience for my daughter. I cannot thank KidsLink enough."
Julie - parent
"We found help for my son on KidsLink...it is brilliant! I really was feeling at the end of my tether but after finding help through KidsLink I now feel relieved that we are actually doing something proactive to help our son. Google is great but to be honest I wouldn't have known the search terms to use to get started on finding the right professional"
Michelle B - parent