Frequently Asked Questions
What do children learn?
We run a series of classes designed to teach your child how to safely use a variety of hand tools. Each weeks class is focused on a particular tool/skill and over the weeks their skills are developed through continual practice. Your child will make a small project to bring home each week.
During our school holiday and Saturday programmes your child will work on a project that may take 1-3 sessions to complete. Details of holiday programmes and Saturday classes can be found on the classes page.
What ages do you cater for?
Children aged 5-15 years can participate in Perth Kids Shed classes. Please make sure you enroll your child in an age appropriate class.
How many children are in each class?
We have a maximum of 6 children in each class to provide your child with a more intimate and personalised experience.
Do parents/carers stay for the class?
We will make sure your child is so busy they won't know your gone! Parents are asked not to stay, but if you have a very timid or nervous child you may stay for the first class to settle them in. Please inform of us of any behavioral / learning needs when you enroll.
Perth Kids Shed is operated from a home workshop and there really isn't the space to have 6 adults and 6 children in the workshop. We are located on the door step of the Swan Valley, so take this opportunity to go and explore!
My child is very advanced but is not yet 5, can I still enroll them?
Short answer - no. Developmentally children under 5 are not ready to participate in classes like ours as they don't yet have the manual dexterity (or the patience!) to use a lot of the tools, nor to concentrate for the duration of the class.
Can I drop my child earlier / pick them up later than the class time?
We need to have time to set up and then pack up after the class. Your child should arrive / leave no more than 10 minutes prior to, or after their classes.
How do I enroll?
All available classes are here on this website. You can enroll by choosing a class and following the payment details. If classes are not available please contact us and we will put you on a wait list. No place is secure until full payment has been received.
My child has a food allergy. Is food offered in class?
Children are asked to not bring food to class. Any after school snacks should be consumed before coming to the shed. Please let us know on enrollment if your child has any allergies - food or otherwise.
Is my child going to make something good?
All children learn new skills at different rates. We will guide your child through the projects, but we do not expect all children to have mastered all skills in such a short amount of time. The important thing is your child is having a go and developing many varied skills along the way.
Please speak with Tracey if you have any concerns about your child's progress.
Where are the classes run?
Perth Kids Shed is located in Midvale in Tracey Laird's own workshop. You can view the map on our home page.