Fun play dates pave the way for new parents
There were bubbles, music and morning tea as nine youngsters celebrated their last play date together.
The toddlers and their parents met as part of a Supporting Parents Alongside Children's Education (Space) programme, held at Waihopai Playcentre, which finished yesterday after a year of weekly sessions.
Space co-facilitator Linda Scarlett said the sessions, aimed at first time parents, were a way for new mums and dads to build a support network and discuss any concerns about their children.
Four Space groups were run in Invercargill each year and included field trips to a variety of baby-friendly centres, such as baby massages and yoga classes, and programmes at the Invercargill Library, she said.
The Waihopai Playcentre venue also allowed the children to play with and learn through the puzzles, playdough and paint at the facility.
Space participant Katharine Morrison said the sessions allowed her to meet other new parents while her son, Arthur McKerchar, enjoyed the playcentre's toys.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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