It’s young tal­ent time

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Guide - CH­ERYL CRITCHLEY

PRO­DUCER/DI­REC­TOR Phillip Tan­ner needs just five min­utes to de­cide if a child has what it takes to work in TV.

But even more im­por­tant in cast­ing his new kids’ show was their par­ents’ at­ti­tude.

Tan­ner, re­spon­si­ble for shows such as Cook­ing for Kids with Luis and Camp Or­ange, scoured Aus­tralia to find the stars of All for Kids. The show is hosted by kids for older pre-school kids. In a nice touch for those wor­ried about child­hood obe­sity, it urges them to go out­side and do things rather than spend their time watch­ing telly or play­ing com­puter games.

Wary of pushy stage types, Tan­ner urged par­ents of au­di­tion­ing chil­dren not to coach them. Some couldn’t help them­selves, like one mother who dressed her daugh­ter as a pro­fes­sional chef.

‘‘The poor girl was re­ally ner­vous. It was very clear that she’d just been coached and coached,’’ Tan­ner says.

All for Kids’ hosts are aged from 6-9 years and were cho­sen for their nat­u­ral bright­ness and en­thu­si­asm.

Keira and Karl (hosts), Madi (gar­den­ing), Chris­tian (art and craft), Lind­say (cook­ing) and Jame­son (sci­ence) do fun things such as cook fried rice, make a vol­cano and build a gar­den tepee.

Mark pro­vides the mu­sic with his witty songs about the al­pha­bet.

Child ex­perts are di­vided about TV for pre-school­ers. Some say chil­dren shouldn’t watch at all be­fore they turn two.

Tan­ner dis­agrees, as long as the con­tent is good and the kids are also ac­tive.

‘‘Our pro­gram . . . says get out and do this, get into the gar­den, get into the kitchen . . . it gives you things to do,’’ he says.

While bud­gets are not great, Tan­ner says Aus­tralian chil­dren’s TV does have pas­sion­ate and tal­ented ad­vo­cates.

He wants his lat­est show to fill a gap for older pre-school­ers, whom he thinks are some­what ne­glected.

‘‘The dif­fer­ence be­tween the two-year-old and a four-year-old is 100 per cent of their life. It’s huge,’’ he says.

Tan­ner also wants kids to en­joy the same mem­o­ries he did of billy carts and back yard sci­ence ex­per­i­ments.

‘‘I just wanted to give kids a lot more con­trol. None of th­ese kids is do­ing it be­cause they want to be­come TV peo­ple. There’s some­thing about them that just shines,’’ he says.

Call­ing the shots: All for Kids is a show hosted by chil­dren for other chil­dren.

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