Storytime in Taranaki

In Taranaki, Storytime Foundation delivers a programme called Books for Babies. Books for Babies focuses on improving the attachment between parents and their children, by encouraging reading to young children. Reading to a child is a key determinant of an early attachment . Storytime depends on local Wellchild providers, like Plunket and Ng?ti Ruanui, to

Lockdown creepy crawlies

The lovely people at New Zealand Geographic magazine have been sharing some of their content on Facebook under the hashtag #togetherathome. Here’s one of their stories about spiders! For more stories and lockdown activities checkout https://www.facebook.com/NewZealandGeographic/

Self isolation – Survival tips for families

Indoor activities for toddlers Get out the card board boxes and create! Let the imaginations flow. A box can be anything: a train, ramps for cars, an airplane, a house. Shaving cream is a wonderful indoor sensory activity that toddlers love. Squirt some on a pan and just let them have fun. Add food coloring if you like. You might

Reading to your children can reduce their stress and yours

Children need to feel safe and cared for. When children are stressed they can feel unsafe, overwhelmed, and scared. If the stress is too great or goes on for too long it can become `toxic’. After a while children will begin to feel hopeless, numb and even dead inside. And it will begin to affect their wellbeing, learning and brain development.