In case you need some inspiration for making it through the school holidays, we’ve compiled our top 5 tips for making these holidays fun for the whole family. Take advantage of the free activities around your city: Take a picnic in a local park or visit the local museum for free! There will usually be free activities on offer during school holidays, check in with your local city council or library to see what they have on offer. Make a plan: For those routine loving children, holidays can be a struggle as their world is not as predictable as during school term.
Dettol is on the search for a little star for their new Plunket fundraising campaign!
Dettol, a Plunket Pick Me Help Plunket partner for over eight years, has recently launched an exciting new campaign and is on the search for a little star to be the face of their Plunket fundraising displays which will feature in New World stores around the country in July. As part of the campaign and to raise much needed funds for Plunket, 50c from every Dettol product sold will be donated to Plunket - up to the value of $100,000! To enter a photo of your little star, go to www. ourlittlestar.
Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough or the ‘100 day cough’, is a very infectious bacterial infection characterized by coughing, and may also be accompanied by vomiting and a whooping sound. Whooping cough can last as long as 3 months and can be particularly dangerous for babies and young children. Whooping cough is cyclical in nature, with large-scale outbreaks occurring every two to five years.
A huge THANK YOU to all our supporters who gave their time and donations to the Plunket Appeal. Your help makes a significant difference to the services funded and offered to local communities including parenting education programmes, parent support groups such as coffee groups, play groups and toy libraries. Amongst the hive of activity throughout the country by Plunket’s staff, volunteers and their families and friends, Plunket’s sponsors were also working to raise extra funds…
BNZ and Plunket, side-by-side for Annual Appeal
Plunket’s Principal Partner, BNZ is right beside Plunket when it comes to helping families in New Zealand… and the Plunket Appeal! The BNZ and Plunket teams came together to plan fundraising activities, and over 170 BNZ stores promoted Appeal Week and had donation buckets.
How your love and compassion helped a heartbroken young mum. This story is too painful and personal to share the names, so we have changed these, but it shows how important you are to New Zealand’s most heartbroken families. Mary and James moved as close to Auckland as they could afford, because their baby boy has extreme Talipes –severe twisting of the feet.
After seven years as Chief Executive of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, Jenny Prince has announced she will step down from the role in February 2016 to spend more time with her own family. “I’m proud and humbled to lead Plunket. It’s a privilege to work in partnership with New Zealand families and communities to help give their young children the best start in life,” said Jenny Prince.
Plunket is joining forces with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Te Puni Kōkiri to help families teach their young children te reo. As part of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (27 July-2 August), Plunket is distributing language resources by Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to help families speak te reo to their young children. Around 3,500 free language resources will be distributed by Plunket nurses and healthworkers across the country during Te Wiki, with a focus on Māori families.
Daylight savings can sometimes disrupt sleeping patterns in young ones and while some children adjust easily to change, others need a little help – all children are different! Try some of the following tips to help your kids adjust to the end of daylight savings:
Young babies: Nothing much changes for young babies as they are still developing sleep and eating routines and will adjust when they are ready. Older children: You may have already noticed with the darker mornings that your children are already starting to sleep a little longer and as the days become shorter some children will naturally adapt very quickly to turning back the clock. Some children are regular as clockwork with their routines and they may find it easier to adapt to the change if there are incremental changes in their routine.
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.
Easter is coming up and while it’s bound to be a weekend of fun, we’re urging families to think about kids’ safety in the car this weekend. Plunket have come up with six tips to help keep your children safe in the car while travelling this weekend. 6 ways to keep your child safe
Take your child with you when you leave the car, even if you are only going to be away for a few minutes.