Improved parenting for babies
It’s time for some local SPACE exploration. SPACE stands for the Supporting Parents Alongside Children’s Education, a programme for first-time parents of babies aged between two and four months.
Run in conjunction with Across (Anglican, Catholic and Community Support Service) and All Saints Church, the programme is overseen by Yvonne Pincott and Rosalie Harvey, both highly experienced in the early childhood education sector.
The pair are setting up a new Friday afternoon group between 1pm and 3pm where parents can meet and discuss topics such as sleeping patterns, brain development, movement, and play with sand, water and finger paint.
‘‘The government funded Parents As First Teachers programme ends in September, so this is an ideal opportunity for parents to develop relationships with other parents, form support networks and discuss topics relevant to their child’s development,’’ Pincott said.
‘‘The group belongs to the parents, and we talk about what’s top for them. We don’t profess to know all the answers, but often the answers come from members of the group,’’ Pincott said.
It starts with younger babies because ‘‘what the mother of a 2-month-old wants to know is a lot different to what the mother of an 8-month-old wants to know’’.
The sessions over 40 weeks include ‘‘heuristic play’’, described as a ‘‘treasure basket’’ of everyday miscellaneous household items.
‘‘Everything is new to a baby, so we stay away from commercially made toys as much as possible,’’ Pincott said.
A key focus is that SPACE acknowledges and supports parents as the best and most important nurturers and educators of their children.
The $30 enrolment fee includes a work book with an additional gold coin per session to cover tea and coffee.
Registrations can be made through Across on 356 7486 or Harvey on 027 907 6093.