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ISBN 978-1-921497-18-6

From Exisle Publishing comes:

Smart Start
How exercise can transform your child’s life
By Margaret Sassé
Illustrated by Georges McKail

This book is the key for parents who want to give their child the best start in life.

From the creator of Toddler Kindy GymbaROO comes Smart Start, a practical guide for parents, carers and teachers of children aged nought to five. Parents, carers and teachers can use Smart Start to learn how to use movement to optimise their child’s development. Smart Start is full of down-to-earth advice on exercise, designed to encourage optimal physical and intellectual development in your child from an early age; these are the years when the foundations for all later development are laid.

Using the detailed illustrations you can work with your child to stimulate their neurological responses and coordination and enhance their capacity for learning when they reach a school age. The exercises in Smart Start are also lots of fun for both parent and child, allowing you to bond with your child as you play. The book is carefully organised to provide a step-by-step programme for each year of an infant’s life. Simply written, and attractively presented with lively illustrations and practical exercises, it will soon become an indispensable tool in raising your child. All it takes is ten minutes a day!


Margaret Sassé is a business woman, nurse, teacher, child development/learning consultant and author – she is also the co-producer of five child development/learning videos. In 1984 she founded Toddler Kindy GymbaROO, and later KindyROO, AussieROO & BabyROO International. There are currently 100 franchised centres worldwide. Margaret was a finalist for the 1997 TELSTRA Victoria business women’s award and in 2002 was awarded an ANZAC award for exceptional service to the Australian community, demonstrating compassion, endurance and dedication. She has five children.

Melbourne-based artist Georges McKail supplied the many delightful illustrations.