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We are New Zealand's largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under 5. Plunket works together with families and communities, to ensure the best start for every child. Whānau āwhina - caring for families.
We provide support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under 5. We work together with families and communities, to ensure the best start for every child
Plunket is pleased to hear that more New Zealand families
are making use of free B4 School health checks. The government announced today that nearly 80 percent of
four year old children received a B4 School Check last year
– an increase of around 30 percent on previous years. Plunket Clinical Advisor Sandra Innes says the B4 School
Check aims to ensure that all children get the best possible
start to their school life.
Plunket is urging New Zealand families to think about their
kids’ safety while they’re on the roads this holiday
weekend. “Have a great break this Easter, enjoy time with family
and friends and remember everyone has to be properly buckled
up”, says Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety
Advisor. “If it means taking two vehicles to transport everyone,
please do it, the consequences of an unrestrained adult or
child in a crash can be devastating.
Colgate-Palmolive, Plunket and the NZ Dental Association are
celebrating giving away more than 150,000 infant
toothbrushes and toothpastes, as part of their commitment to
establish healthy oral hygiene habits in Kiwi children from
an early age. For the past three years, Colgate has donated a toothbrush
and toothpaste to every new baby at their five-month Plunket
visit, along with educational resources developed by NZ
Dental Association (NZDA), for Plunket nurses and parents. The joint initiative is designed to combat cavities in New
Zealand children’s teeth.
New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the
well-being of children under five is encouraging New
Zealanders to take up the government’s offer of free
influenza vaccinations. “New Zealanders tend to underestimate what serious disease
influenza is”, says Plunket clinical advisor Marianne
Grant. “It kills around 400 New Zealanders, directly or
indirectly, each year – so it’s not something we should