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breather to parents
Make your own fun: Babies' toys don't have to be expensive. Sandy Cocoran
has fun with daughter Millie Craw, 10 months, at the SPACE -- Supporting
Parents Alongside Children's Education -- programme at Milson Playcentre.
Photo: MURRAY WILSON
By LEE MATTHEWS
None of my friends have babies yet. I
was the first. You realise that you're in
a different place in your lives...Ifound
I was just staying at home because I had
nowhere to go. A lot of my friends drifted
Kylie Marshall, on SPACE (Supporting
Parents Alongside Children's Education)
A giggling baby is one of the
happiest sounds in the world, and
on Thursdays, Milson Playcentre
resounds to the sound of littlies
The centre set up its first SPACE
(Supporting Parents Alongside
Children's Education) programme
for newborn babies in June, and
each Thursday morning up to 10
mums and their babies attend.
Programme facilitator Char-
maine Bellamy says the pro-
gramme lets first-time mums
meet other mums -- or dads, or
nanas, or granddads -- and their
babies can socialise. It's a com-
bination of education and fun,
making friends and beating the
feelings of isolation that first-
time parents sometimes feel.
Parent Kylie Marshall, who
brings her baby girl to the pro-
gramme each week, says iso-
lation was the hardest and least-
expected hurdle she had to over-
come as a first-time mum.
None of my friends have babies
yet. I was the first. You realise that
you're in a different place in your
lives . . . I found I was just staying
at home because I had nowhere to
go. A lot of my friends drifted away,
SPACE has been amazing. I've
made new friends and we have lots
in common, and you see the other
babies and realise that what you're
doing is fine and your baby is nor-
mal,'' she says.
Mrs Bellamy, who first became
involved with playcentre 15 years
ago, says making connections with
other parents is important.
She and support facilitator Kath-
ryn Prescott sit on the centre's floor,
on big bright blankets, with the
mums and babies. There's a
scattering of toys and books, lots for
the littlies to look at and reach for
and taste-test. Many of the toys are
handmade by the parents.
You don't have to spend money
on toys,'' Mrs Bellamy says.
We make toys at the programme,
out of things you've got at home. We
have a thought for the day. We often
have a guest speaker come in to talk
about baby health issues, things
like choking and sleeping and
She picks up a rattle made from a
small plastic bottle, heat-squished
into an interesting shape, with
small stones inside and the lid glued
Anyone can make this.''
She shows texture mats -- big
pieces of card with windows filled
with pieces of fabric in different tex-
ture, all securely fastened so tiny
exploring fingers can't break them
away and try to swallow them. And
there's a basket filled with house-
hold items, such as a pot scourer, a
sponge, a string of bells, that babies
can touch and squeeze and explore.
We sing a lot, lots of nursery
rhymes, lots of cuddles. It's about
spending time with your baby, and
playing. That's how they learn.''
The group blows bubbles for
the babies -- bubbles are an
excellent way for babies to prac-
tise focusing'' -- and praise the
children for participating.
Mrs Bellamy says the
programme's first session on
Thursday mornings was so popu-
lar that the centre is starting a
second group, on Thursday
There's no pressure, just lots
of support from people going
through exactly the same things
you are going through.''
The programmes run for 40
weeks, and anyone in the late stages
of pregnancy, or with a young baby,
At the end of the programme, Mrs
Bellamy and Mrs Prescott help the
parents choose the type of early
childhood education that will best
suit their toddlers.
More information from Milson
Playcentre on 356 9824, or
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