Ruth Barker – ‘The Little Kid Specialist’ is the Director of Toddler Education Services Pty Ltd. and works as an Early Development Consultant, Montessori Guide and as a Play Specialist for toddlers and preschoolers - in particular working with families whose children have extra needs that include developmental delay, learning disorders and advanced development. Ruth is also a literacy and mathematics tutor for older children who are at primary school. She works from The Hut Child Development and Family Learning Centre, in Possum Creek, Northern NSW or over Skype or Email for families afar.
Ruth began her career with a Social Science Degree - Child Development (0-16 years) and Family Studies, before studying a Montessori Diploma and with thirty years experience, she is a confident advocate for childhood development and environment design. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with a paediatric interest and is 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. These 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. Ruth also developed the Baby Morris Series of Board Books to instigate play in the early years. She has also worked as a columnist and as a presenter for Nurture – Australia’s Natural Parenting Magazine and many other publications and websites over many years.
Ruth Barker has her own store full of wonderful early development needs at:
Ruth is a life choice consultant and speaker, as well as an advocate 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.
View Ruth on Linkedin here.