Seminars

Newborn Breastfeeding

If you are expecting a child soon and plan on breastfeeding, or have recently begun breastfeeding a newborn, then this seminar is a MUST. Come along and learn techniques for achieving a successful, enjoyable and sustainable breastfeeding journey. 

Presented by Cheryl Benn, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, self-employed midwife, and Regional Midwifery Advisor to MidCentral and Whanganui DHBs.

In this seminar Cheryl will cover:

  • My amazing breasts and breastmilk
  • Expressing and storing colostrum
  • Birth, skin to skin, and the first breastfeed
  • The first few weeks - why do babies suck so much and signs of milk transfer
  • Q & A time

You can attend this seminar while pregnant and again in the early weeks with your newborn. 

FREE for all to attend but registration is essential as numbers are limited. See the calendar for upcoming class dates and to register.

Returning to Work

Whether you are definitely returning to work or considering your options, this seminar will help you plan and prepare. 

Learn what to look for when choosing early childhood care, ideas for a smoother return to work and tips for combining parenthood with paid work.

Presented by Rachel Bowen, who runs a Learning Consultancy and Training business, is a Mum of three and a PNCC Councillor.

COST: $10 for members and $15 for non-members

Registration is essential as numbers are limited. See the calendar for upcoming class dates and to register.

Introductory Water Skills

Learn skills for introducing your child to the water in this “taster” swimming class. For babies 5+ months, this class is 30 minutes in duration. Class kindly provided by CLM Swim Magic at Freyberg Community Pool and Lido Aquatic Centre.

Attendees receive a voucher for discounted swimming lessons for the following term. 

FREE for all to attend but registration is essential. See our calendar for upcoming class dates and to register 

 

Developmental Activities

Join UK-trained paediatric physiotherapist, Mel Gairdner, to learn more about your baby’s development and how you can provide activities to encourage rolling, crawling, walking and tummy time

Mel will discuss what is “normal” motor development, and also how to interpret that. Plenty of opportunity for questions and to discuss any concerns you have about your baby or toddler.

COST: $10 for PC members; $15 for non-members, registration is essential as places are limited.  See the calendar for upcoming class dates and to register.

 

Starting Solids

Perfect for parents of 3-9 month olds. In this popular seminar with our new presenter Registered Dietitian and mum Megan Somerville, you will learn the signs that your baby is ready for complementary feeding, what to introduce when, other topics to ensure you are confident and ready for this next step

Cost: $6 members; $12 non-members.

Registration is essential as numbers are limited. See the calendar for upcoming class dates and to register.

The Herb Farm - Make a First Aid Cream For Babies

Join us at The Herb Farm for a fun, educational hands-on workshop. Pick up some great tips for looking after baby naturally and make your very own first-aid cream that can be used for the whole family.

Cost: $15

Venue: The Herb Farm, Grove Road, Ashhurst

Registration is essential as numbers are limited.  See the calendar for upcoming dates and to register.

Healthy Eating for 1-3 Year Olds

Join Registered Dietitian and mum Megan Somerville to discuss the practicalities of feeding 1-3 year olds. 

Learn about common challenges such as fussy eating, discuss practical tips and strategies around making mealtimes easy and how you can support your toddler to develop a healthy relationship with food

Cost: $6 members; $12 non-members.

Registration is essential as numbers are limited. See the calendar for upcoming class dates and to register.

 

Responsive Parenting Hot Topics

Hot Topic Workshops are targeted sessions that look at common parenting challenges.  They are stand alone sessions that aim to support parents to help and guide their children in responsive, respectful and effective ways.

They are great for any parents that are experiencing these challenges and for those who have completed the Responsive Parenting course and would like 'top ups'.  

Some of our Hot Topics offered include:

  • Blame it on their brains
  • Why kids 'mis'behave & How to help them
  • Tantrums & Meltdowns
  • Hitting & Hurting
  • Kid's Conflicts
  • Sharing & Turn Taking

Hot Topics are presented by Tabitha Jonson, Mum, parenting facilitator, mentor and coach (BA, GDip Tchg).

Spaces are limited and registrations are essential. To register for our next Hot Topic see our Calendar for dates and times.

Hot topics provide a good introduction to our Responsive Parenting Course. Find out more about what is covered in our 6 week course here.

 

Infant CPR

This short course will cover baby and infant CPR, choking, burns, convulsion, fever, illness warning signs and accidental ingestion of toxins.

  • Qualified Facilitator
  • Small class sizes
  • Baby Friendly

Venue: Palmerston North Parents Centre, 117 Ruahine Street Palmerston North.

Cost: $6 PNPC Members; $12 Non-members

See the calendar for upcoming class dates and to register.

Pelvic Health and You

If you are pregnant or have had a baby, come along and learn tips or tricks for a healthy pelvic floor.

A brand new seminar for both prenatal and postnatal women covering: 

  • The role of the Pelvic Health Physio
  • Pelvic floor muscle training and relaxation, 
  • Pelvic injuries, what’s not normal, and 
  • Exercise both during and post pregnancy

Presented by Nichole of Nichole Cobham Physiotherapy and Pelvic Health

Venue: Palmerston North Parents Centre, 117 Ruahine Street Palmerston North.

Cost: $6 PNPC members; $12 non-members

See the calendar for upcoming class dates and to register.

 

 

Parenting with Anxiety and Depression

Depression and anxiety are common, especially in parents. This workshop provides a safe environment for parents to discuss their experiences of feeling overwhelmed and anxious or stuck inside negative emotions.


We begin with reviewing some of the common indicators that you are suffering from depression and/or anxiety and talk about how this can affect parenting. From here, participants are guided through exercises to learn ways to cope with low mood and anxiety while also responding to the demands of children and daily life.

 

Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members.

Registration is essential as numbers are limited. See the calendar for upcoming class dates and to register.

 

 

Communicating with your Toddler

Children can find it hard to express themselves so that others understand. One way to support your child through this stage, is by using sign language and providing them with some key signs along with spoken word and by listening to the way in which they express their needs, wants, and emotions.

This workshop will provide parents some basic NZ Key Signs© (based on NZ Sign Language), in a fun and interactive way. You will walk away with some practical resources and skills to support you in using NZ Key Signs© in your home.

Presented by Ally Attwell of Connect and Inspire

Venue: Palmerston North Parents Centre, 117 Ruahine Street Palmerston North.

Cost: $10 PNPC members; $15 non-members

See the calendar for upcoming class dates and to register