Toko­roa’s Good Sort gets on TV

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

If you were watch­ing One News’ Good Sorts on Sun­day you may have recog­nised Toko­roa’s Fran Thomp­son-stevens from baby­be­ings.

Thomp­son-stevens runs par­ent baby and tod­dler classes from her cen­tre in Man­field St with fel­low par­ent ed­u­ca­tor Levi Maineka­iariki Sikking based on the in­no­va­tive ap­proach of renowned Hun­gar­ian pe­di­a­tri­cian Emmi Pik­ler.

Pik­ler, who opened an or­phan­age in Hun­gary after World War II, be­lieved chil­dren were more than just cute and cud­dly and that they were ca­pa­ble be­ings which should be seen as a per­son and part­ner right from birth.

Thomp­son-stevens, who was nom­i­nated for Good Sorts by one of the par­ents who takes part in her free weekly ses­sions, said she jumped at the chance to share with oth­ers what baby­be­ings is all about.

‘‘We sit back and ob­serve a lot which al­lows chil­dren to be­come au­then­ti­cally their own per­son rather than who we think they are’’, Fran said.

She said was ‘‘very keen’’ to go on Good Sorts and share some­thing she said could help change New Zealand’s cul­tural view of chil­dren and pre­vent peo­ple from turn­ing to crime or poor men­tal heath de­vel­op­ing later in life.

Fran Thomp­son-stevens.

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