Ruth Barker – ‘The Little Kid Specialist’ is the Director of Toddler Education Services Pty Ltd. and works as a Consultant, Author, Columnist and Speaker.  She is a Montessori Tutor and Play Specialist for toddlers, preschoolers and children with extra needs. Ruth works with children from walkers to high school at The Hut Child Development and Family Learning Centre in Possum Creek, Northern New South Wales.  


Ruth began her career in 1999, with a Social Science Degree - Child Development (0-16 years) before studying a Montessori Diploma and with vast experience, she is a confident advocate for childhood development and program design.  Ruth is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with a paediatric interest and is a member of The Montessori Australia Foundation, Montessori Internationale and a student member of Occupational Therapy Australia.


She is the author of The Parenting 5 books, Practical and Independent Little People and Sensory Motor Play for Little People. They were written respectfully for parents and child-carers to assist with the creation of an early environment that supports life skills, movement, sensory, language, academic and cultural experiences, leading to foundation brain development.  She is a columnist and presenter for Nurture – Australia’s Natural Parenting Magazine. 


Ruth is also a life choice consultant and speaker for teens and adults - and advocates for organ donation.   She is a firm believer that "no matter where you've come from or what you've been through - you always a have a choice".  She is a former Charity Director, Citizen of the Year and a finalist in the Pride of Australia Medal in South Australia. Please see the life choice tab.

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