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Antenatal

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Now that you are pregnant you will want to know more about what is happening as your pēpē grows inside you.  You will also want information to make choices that work best for both of you, and your whānau.

Parents Centre’s Antenatal programmes are designed to provide you with accurate, evidence-based information within programmes that are fun, interactive and engaging. 

Our facilitators create a safe non-judgemental space for expectant parents to ask questions and seek information to make informed decisions about many aspects of your pregnancy, labour and birth, feeding and parenting your new-born baby.

Parents Centre antenatal programmes also cater for all situations, such as when labour doesn’t go to plan or when breast-feeding is challenging.

Through these programmes you will form coffee and support groups that will be there for you when you go through the first few months…or even years! To network with other parents at the same stage as you, experiencing similar challenges and joys, is confidence boosting and very rewarding.  These coffee groups can become a lifeline especially if you find the early months more challenging than you expected.

Baby & You

Early parenthood is a life-changing experience into which we all go unrehearsed.

Our Baby and You programme follows on from antenatal classes and offers sound tips and strategies as you begin your journey into parenthood.

To see your baby smile, play and grow can be an extraordinary experience.  You will have feelings of tenderness and closeness and a sense of awe at the miracles of the ‘first milestones’.

But with a new baby come uncertainties.  Your tiny bundle may rule the entire household through their routines, sleep patterns and behaviours.  This can be very challenging for a new parent.

Baby and You discussion topics include the realities of the postnatal period, as well as identifying physical, emotional and relationship changes.  Babies grow quickly and they go through a variety of stages as you are getting to know them.  Baby and You explores the first three months of your baby’s life and give practical information about feeding, sleep, stimulation for babies, age-appropriate toys and the key milestones of your baby’s growth.

Participating in the Baby and You programme will give you the much-needed tools over those first uncertain months to enable you to grow in confidence.  Your baby, and you, will benefit enormously.

If there is no Centre near you, we also offer online courses.

Moving & Munching

Your baby’s emerging exploration of the environment and discovery of first foods.

It’s an exciting time. Your baby is moving on, discovering first foods, and becoming more active. Soon they will be making their first attempts at crawling.

As a new parent, it can be difficult to know how to go about introducing solid foods and what you need to be aware of when baby becomes mobile.

Our Moving and Munching programme gives you the opportunity to openly discuss concerns and to learn about balancing baby’s dietary intake as well as understanding and exploring a variety of activities that you as a parent can introduce and enjoy with your little one.

The ‘munching’ focus of the programme explores

  • When and how to introduce solids into your baby’s diet
  • How to continue to include milk
  • Exploring the need for changes in textures, tastes and the quantity of solids over time
  • Ways to encourage your baby to develop healthy attitudes to food.

The ‘moving’ focus explores

  • Identifying areas of your home environment that might need safety-proofing
  • Encouraging the development of your baby’s fine and gross motor skills by identifying age-appropriate play and toys
  • Identifying areas of language, intellectual and social development that helps to stimulate your baby’s learning.

Music & Movement

Stimulating activities for you and your child.

Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together.

Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words.

Children of all ages express themselves through music. Even young infants sway, bounce, or move their hands in response to music. Many preschoolers make up songs and with no self-consciousness, sing to themselves as they play.

Parents Centre Music and Movement sessions are also great for you as a parent to get out of the house and interact with other parents, have a cuppa, and make friends.

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