In some areas around New Zealand, extra help and support on parenting is available from Plunket family centres. This is a free service – ask your Plunket nurse if there is a family centre near you.
Centres are staffed by Plunket nurses, community karitane, Plunket kaiāwhina and volunteers. They offer support and information on different parenting issues. These include breastfeeding, infant nutrition, sleeping, child behaviour and parent/family needs.
You will need to talk to the family centre staff to arrange a visit for you and your baby or child. In some areas community karitane and Plunket kaiāwhina provide additional support in homes, clinics, preschools and marae. In areas where there is no family centre Plunket staff can provide additional support in homes, clinics, preschools and marae.
After-hours advice on your child’s health and wellbeing is available from PlunketLine, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 0800 933 922.