Southland babies are worldly babies

BRITTANY PICKETT
Last updated 14:54 21/08/2014
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CULTURAL MIX: Southland toddlers are getting multicultural at Plunket at the first gathering of World Babes, where families are meeting each other and children are playing together. Back row from left, Liam O'Sullivan, Southland Community Support Leader, Judy Cook community support coordinator and Toolbox facilitator, Rebekah Bootsma (Southland coordinator The Parenting Place and Toolbox facilitator), Amy Behl World Babes host with Summer, front, Catherine Patterson World Babes host with Adah and Ezra, Dan Tily with James and Gideon.

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The World Babes Multicultural Group has launched at Plunket.

Babies and toddlers from Invercargill and around the world have the chance to mix with other cultures in this new initiative by Plunket.

The Parenting Place Southland coordinator Rebekah Bootsma said the group would meet on a fortnightly basis at Plunket Invercargill for the families and the children to mingle.

"It's for families from different countries or have different cultures," she said.

On Tuesday they sampled Indian chai tea and the children played with toys.

The group will next meet on August 8 from 10.30am until 12pm.

Plunket community support coordinator Judy Cook said it was for families wanting to interact with other cultures - it did not matter if they were born in New Zealand.

"It's pretty cool we can offer something like this," she said.

To sign up for World Babes contact Judy Cook on 027 224 8296.

Plunket and The Parenting Place Southland are also teaming up to offer Toolbox courses for parents of children aged 0 to 6.

Bootsma said the pairing was to promote the Toolbox scheme and make families more comfortable.

"It's just about educating parents and giving them these tools. It gives the Plunket nurses an option to refer them on and give them an option to do the courses," she said.

The early years Toolbox courses provide parents with information on: parent types, developmental stages, tools for engaging cooperation, discipline, making memories and being the parent their child needs.

To sign up for the Toolbox courses contact Rebekah Bootsma on 03 9277 673 or 027 446 7045.

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- Invercargill Eye

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