3 Ways to Keeping your Kids Motivated During the Summer Break

There is no doubt that December is one of the busiest months for Parents with the holiday season and end of the year looping. The last day of the terms seemingly creeps up on you when the thought hits… How will I keep my children busy during the summer break? What’s more important how will I make sure they don’t sit around at home watching TV or are on their smart phones playing games all day?

Certainly the summer break can be utilised to learn a new hobby, brushing up on an important subject or creating new experiences that will carry through to your children kicking off Term 1, 2015 on the right foot. Unfortunately some of these solutions are easier said than done with many households limited on time and money during the December/January period.

Here are 3 ways to keep your kids busy with exciting and healthy activities:

Summer Camps– Don’t have as much time as you’d like to spend with your kids with work being busier than ever? Summer camps are a great solution seeing your kids doing activities such as arts, sports and educational based games. They will make new friends, learn from new experiences and go to excursions you may not be able to take them on.

Smart Devices– There is a bunch of great ways to make sure your kids aren’t simply using their smart devices for the latest version of “Angry Birds”. Depending on your child’s age there are a number of free educational based games you can download through the App store that will challenge your children’s memory, knowledge and reading ability. For older kids downloading E-Books through programs such as Kindle will bring a new found motivation for your kids to read the classic greats they might be studying in term 1.

Work Experience– With the current job market being tougher than ever the number 1 factor affecting young graduates the lack of experience. Just because your teenagers are a few years from University doesn’t mean the skills they learn working in retail, hospitality or customer service won’t be relevant in their future careers.  Picking up a casual job or Interning work experience will prepare your kids for the future and may be the x-factor that gets them their dream job many years later.

Have are some links to help you take the next step and keep your kids motivated this summer.

Camp Australia: Running a series of holiday camps across Australia – http://www.campaustralia.com.au/

Auscamp: Outdoor camps and programs- http://www.auscamp.com.au/

Australian Sports Camps: Sports camps across Australia- https://australiansportscamps.com.au/

KidzPhyz: A variety of dance and sports camp across Australia- http://kidzphyz.com.au/

Active8: A variety of programs for kids throughout Summer- http://www.activ8camps.com.au/camps/

Camp Creative: Creative programs for kids in dance, writing, crafts, music, visual arts, voice and much more-http://www.campcreative.com.au/

Apps to download 

Kindle:  Will allow your kids to take interest in classical books while using their smart phone or tablet computer to read them. Kindle can be downloaded through the Apple and Google Play Stores.

Video Science: A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.

EarthViewer: Use your fingertips to scroll through Earth history for the last 4.5 billion years.

Khan Academy: Khan Academy’s materials and resources (over 3500 videos) are available to you completely free of charge.



ParentPaperwork in the Press: Quick, Easy and Super Green: Aussie Startup Pioneers Electronic School Forms


Anthill Magazine has a story about ParentPaperwork, highlighting amongst other benefits how moving your school’s paper forms online is a big help to the environment.

Each year around the world tens of millions of parents sign hundreds of millions of paper forms on behalf of their children. That will always be a labour intensive, unreliable and inefficient process. A school with 2,000 pupils might use as much as 80,000 pieces of paper a year – that’s around ten trees that need to be sacrificed just so parents can give permission for their children to do a school activity. ParentPaperwork is an online platform to automate paper forms in education, dramatically reducing costs, improving liability management and saving trees.”

Read the full story

Great press: Startup gets ready to bin paper-based permission slips for schools

StartUp Smart has published a lovely article today about ParentPaperwork:

Every parent of school-aged children is familiar with the dreaded permission slip.

Melbourne-based startup ParentPaperwork wants to remove those paper-based permission forms from education altogether.

It has developed a platform that allows schools to create an unlimited number of customisable forms and uses a combination of email and secure webpages to capture parents’ responses.

Read the full article.

Book your ParentPaperwork demo at SchoolsTechOz (free Expo)

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ParentPaperwork will be exhibiting at the SchoolsTechOz Conference at Firbank Grammar in Melbourne 12-14 September.  The conference is for all staff in the K–12 school education sector, and 750 delegates are expected. There are 240 breakout sessions, and a bunch of high profile speakers. It’s going to be an exciting few days.

Please come and meet the ParentPaperwork team on our stand, we can show you how ParentPaperwork can save your school time and money by replacing your paper-based forms.

The Expo is free, you do NOT need to have a paid registration for the conference. Head to this link and book your free ticket.

If you are attending the conference, or just coming in for the Expo, we’d be happy to book a specific time to demonstrate ParentPaperwork. Please email [email protected] and we’ll schedule an appointment.


ParentPaperwork – the Melbourne business helping teachers get back to teaching



ParentPaperwork is a Melbourne business is helping schools save time and money so teachers can get back to teaching.

Each year around the world tens of millions of people sign hundreds of millions of paper forms on behalf of their children or relatives. It’s a labour intensive, unreliable and inefficient process.

ParentPaperwork is a new online platform to automate paper forms in education, dramatically reducing cost and improving liability management.  The system manages excursion forms, permission slips and many other forms parents need to complete for their children and send back to school.

Fiona Boyd and David Eedle founded ParentPaperwork after counting the dozens of forms they had signed for their three children over the course of a few months. They started consulting a number of schools in their local area last year and uncovered just how much teacher time and school resources are needed to manage the many paper forms sent out by schools each year.

ParentPaperwork has only been available for a few weeks, but Fiona Boyd, the company’s CEO says the response has been strong:

“The feedback from schools is overwhelmingly positive. We are now live in two schools and have another two dozen more who we have demoed to or are negotiating with. We’ve even had enquiries from New Zealand.”

“Principals and teachers know just how much work is needed to look after all their paper forms, every hour we save them is another hour teachers can spend in the classroom.”

Fiona and David have a long track record in online ventures, they founded the online jobs and news company Artshub.com.au in 2000, selling the business in 2006.  Schools can find out more at www.ParentPaperwork.com.


More information:

Fiona Boyd     0418 576409
David Eedle    0419 876 942