All posts by Rachel Brodrick

Farming in action

See, touch and feed farm animals in a working farm environment at Arion Farm Education Park. With a focus on animals farmed in New Zealand, there is a range of cuteness to be found – including lambs, calves, donkeys and ponies. And, there’s even a …

Now you’re talking

Using two simple communication tools when talking with your child can make a big impact on their learning, emotional intelligence and behaviour, writes CLAIR EDGELER of BestStart Early Learning Centres. As teachers, the team at BestStart is trained to understand how children learn and the …

Peanut caution

As a mother of three children with allergies, MALENA PENNEY considers the latest advice to offer babies peanuts. You may have seen a commotion around social media lately over the changed advice to start giving young babies peanuts. This has come from the LEAP study …

‘Optimal cord clamping’

Childbirth educator ROSEMARY JOYCE shares why cord clamping and when to cut the umbilical cord needs careful, informed consideration when making your birthing plans. Birth is a momentous occasion in a baby’s life, as their circulatory system changes from one that is completely dependent on …

Festive ballet

Families are in for a treat this Christmas as the ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET prepares for a magical season of The Nutcracker. Christmas comes but once a year, and for the hundreds of young dancers from around New Zealand who will join the Royal New …

Sparenting

Parenting is a huge job and RUTH AGNEW discusses the value of calling in a few extra adults to help. It’s one of those nights: lying in bed, absolutely exhausted, but every time sleep comes close, I am shaken awake by the thought of an …