Mum and in­fant wanted

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Grey Lynn Pri­mary School ur­gently needs a young in­fant and par­ent to be part of its Roots of Em­pa­thy pro­gramme beginning next week.

Roots of Em­pa­thy in­struc­tor Rachel Turner says the pro­gramme, aimed at year 5 pupils, helps re­duce ag­gres­sion and vi­o­lence among school chil­dren while rais­ing so­cial and emo­tional com­pe­tence.

“It also pro­vides chil­dren with a clear un­der­stand­ing of a baby’s needs and what it is to be a good par­ent, thus of­fer­ing the po­ten­tial to break in­ter­gen­er­a­tional cy­cles of fam­ily abuse,” she says.

“In this ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing, the baby helps chil­dren iden­tify and re­flect on their own feel­ings and the feel­ings of oth­ers.”

The award-winning pro­gramme re­quires a par­ent with a two to four-mon­thold in­fant who can visit Grey Lynn School for at least half an hour ev­ery three weeks through­out the year.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter in­ter­est con­tact Rachel Turner at the Peace Foun­da­tion on 3732379 or at home on 3761275.

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