Welcome to Kids Meditate/ Resilient Preschoolers
We have met over 20 thousand Kids since 2005. We have worked with countless and hardworking teachers. We have championed thousands of parents who question 'am i getting this right? Yes, you are x0.
We were founded in Inner City Dublin in 2005 when in sheer desperation to get kids into classrooms, we stopped praying and started meditating. And we got an audience. We taught parents to stop the parent guilt, We got Kids labeling their feelings, We got teachers calmer, We just got it. We found an 'aha' moment that simple breathing techniques, combined with gratitude BUILT resilience. We saw results in academic performance, self esteem, positive growth mindsets. We saw less illness and less anxiety.
We moved Kids Meditate to Melbourne and have worked with thousands of amazing humans plus one therapy dog across hundreds of primary schools, pre-schools and childcare services. We have entered over 2500 inboxes teaching online resilience programs in 2 minutes or less, because we love powerful simplicity.
In 2019, Resilient Preschoolers becomes our focus, because, we have seen an increasing need for resilience to be introduced to kids at this age level, as they are not immune from the mental health crisis sweeping throughout Australia, affecting 1-7 kids. My Kids, your Kids, OUR KIDS.
Meet Kelly Mandemaker, Founder
I am an Early Years and P-12 teacher. I am a Mum to three kids aged 5 and under. I am a part-time teacher at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg and the Founder of Resilient Preschoolers, because Kids need to learn to 'feel' emotions, all the emotions. I am an author and presenter and I love gathering with parents and educators I am a 2-minute daily meditator and I use simple and powerful resilience techniques daily. I am so passionate about building confident, courageous, self-empowered kids.
2002 – Bachelor Business & Bachelor Marketing, Monash University, Australia
2004 – Bachelor Education (Graduate), Charles Darwin University, Australia
2006 – Meditation Teacher Training, Melbourne Meditation Centre, Australia
2007 – Founded Kids Meditate
2010 – Diploma of Counselling, AIPC, Australia
2011 – Austin Hospital School/CAMHS
2012 – Founded the Austin Hospital School's Therapy Dog Program for Outpatients / Inpatients.
2013 – Became a Mum
2014 – Reached 10,000 clients, working in mindfulness education
2015 - Went Global through our online programs for Parents and Teachers. We ain't just for Kids!
2016 – 'The Happiness Experiment' Mindset Journal was published and became available for purchase through amazon.
2017- Expanded Kids Meditate with awesome staff to manage our school incursion programs- welcome Polly McKenzie and Mandy Ebbage!
2018- Resilient Preschools became our new focus. Preschoolers, just like their elder siblings, need resilience. We continue to work in schools and our online programs enter 1700 teachers inboxes and 1200 Parents inboxes worldwide..... and counting
Meet Polly Mackenzie, Program Coordinator - Primary Schools
I am a P-12 educator with a background in dance and yoga. I am a proud mum of 2 primary school aged kids. I am passionate about making student well-being a focus in schools. I am a strong believer in the power of Mindfulness, gratitude, self-compassion and self-awareness for dealing with daily stressors. and other mental health issues. In my work with Kids Meditate, I create a safe space where kids recognise strong emotions, anxiety and stress as a normal part of life. I empower kids by giving them tools to cope positively and build their own resilience.
Bachelor Education P-12,
Certificate Meditation and Mindfulness, Melbourne Meditation Centre
Meet Amanda Ebbage, Program Coordinator - PreSchools
I am a mum to three girls. I am an Early Childhood & Preschool educator. I have worked in leadership, support and administration roles across the education and not-for-profit sectors. I am passionate about teaching kids to be resilient. I am an advocate for Bush Kinder programs and linking mindfulness with nature. I love to support kids to explore in all areas of learning. I have over 20 years experience in designing and implementing personalised programs for children with specialised needs and disabilities. I encourage curiosity and play. I am passionate about kids finding interests and passions to support their growth and self-identity. I am a long-time AFL member for St Kilda FC. I am involved in local Dance schools supporting my three girls. . I am an advocate for raising strong and happy kids.
1996-2000 Diploma of Community Services (Early Childhood)