Following this morning's earthquakes we would like to advise the following:
1. Plunket's National Support Office, based in Wellington, will be closed following Civil Defence advice to stay out of the CBD so that buildings can be checked.
Along with many New Zealanders, Plunket worries about the arrival of winter.
“At this time of the year, families on low incomes really struggle to make ends meet and often can’t afford high heating bills. We encourage all landlords and property agents to make sure their rental homes are insulated, heavy curtains have been provided to keep out drafts, and any water leaks or dampness are dealt with quickly,” said Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor.
New Zealand has some of the highest food safety systems globally and everything possible has been done to ensure infant formula is safe from this recent threat. The risk of contamination is very low and we will continue to update any information as it comes out but please also check foodprotection. govt.
Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor, Sue Campbell, urges families to take care and be responsible with fireworks this Guy Fawkes, to prevent children from being injured by fireworks. “We encourage people to attend public displays, where neighbours and friends can meet and enjoy the occasion safely. Large, spectacular public displays are held in many towns and cities around the country and can be great fun for all the family,” said Sue Campbell.
Father’s day came early for Year 12 students at Dilworth School, when eight Plunket dads and their young children visited the all boys’ school earlier this month as part of Plunket’s Education in Schools programme. Around 80 students got a first-hand experience of being a dad – bathing the children, reading to them and playing with them – while hearing from dads about what it’s like to be a parent. Plunket Educator Juile Weatherall worked with Dilworth School to organise the session: “As Dilworth is an all boys school we wanted to see if we could get an all dads group along for the first time.
27 June 2014
For immediate release
Plunket: keep kiwi kids safe this winter
With the cold weather now here across the country, Plunket are reminding families to be alert to the dangers from heaters, fireplaces and other sources of winter warmth. Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor says keeping babies and young children warm and safe is always a priority for families. “Burns from heaters and fires are a real danger for children.
Early childhood caries is one of the most common and costly diseases of childhood, according to the Report of the Health Committee, and Colgate, Plunket and the New Zealand Dental Association are working together to establish healthy oral hygiene habits in Kiwi kids from a young age. Colgate gives a toothbrush and toothpaste to every new Plunket baby at their five month visit along with educational resources for parents in a bid to combat early childhood caries, also known as tooth decay or cavities. Colgate Scientific Affairs Manager Rebecca Schipper says oral disease and its consequences, such as pain and self-consciousness, can have a profound effect on a person’s quality of life and future ability to gain employment, highlighting the importance of taking care of our children’s teeth.
Plunket’s national child safety advisor, Sue Campbell, urges families to take care and be responsible with fireworks this Guy Fawkes. Plunket encourages people to attend public displays, where neighbours and friends can meet and enjoy the occasion safely. Large, spectacular public displays are held in many towns and cities around the country and can be great fun for all the family
“Fireworks are fascinating and exciting but can be terrifying for young children,” says Sue.
Plunket welcomes the passing into law of an increase in the age limit for the mandatory use of child car restraints from age 5 to age 7. This will require children to be in an appropriate child restraint until their 7th birthday. Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor, says this is good news.