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. Covers how to identify the signs your baby is ready for complementary feeding, and find out what to introduce and when.  Discuss the latest research on introducing foods such as eggs, dairy, nuts and wheat and also how to avoid fussiness in the toddler years.  

Presented by Megan Wilson of Nourished Nutritional Coaching. A member of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand, Megan has qualifications in Nutrition and Psychology and has a background in weight management and maternal and infant nutrition. With two energetic young boys, Megan understands the needs of busy modern families.

Cost: $10 members; $15 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 Megan Wilson of Nourished Nutritional Coaching to find out how much your toddler should be eating, and what we should be feeding them.

Learn about the science behind fussy eating, and a few strategies to combat it. Discuss healthy meal and snack options, label reading, how diet impacts on a toddlers sleeping and their mood, and more…

Everyone attending will receive a free 7-day menu planner to help inspire your journey.

Cost: $10 members; $15 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, 30 Waldegrave Street.

Cost: $5 PNPC Members / $10 Non-members

See the calendar for upcoming class dates and to register.