School-gate chat this winter...
Taking a winter walk for local kids with cancer
Once again for 2017, Ni4kids is proud to be supporting Cancer Fund for Children’s annual Winter Woolly Walk which will take place in eight locations around the country on Saturday February 25. As official media partner, we want families to wrap up and kick off those winter chills by joining us on a family-friendly sponsored walk to help the charity continue its vital work providing practical, emotional and financial support for local children. It’s a great excuse to rally the entire family together for a fantastic day out in the fresh air, whilst raising funds to support families whose lives have been devastated by cancer. Each walk ranges from three to five miles and there will be plenty of warm refreshments to heat cold hands and fun-filled activities to enjoy on the day. So come on! Sign up and step out this winter to change lives. For more information on locations and to register email email@example.com or Tel: 028 9080 5599
Following in the muddy footprints of popular animation contemporaries such as Peppa Pig, the adorable Weatherbies will be soon be coming out to play in their very own series for 2018/19. Created by Maghera mum and childminder Yvonne Fleming, the characters, who live in ‘Skytown’ include Ronny Rain, Flo Snow, Rosie Rainbow and Colin Cloud and were the result of Yvonne’s love of doodling and colouring in with her children and her imaginative bedtime stories for them. After encouragement from her husband Peter, a lot of hard work and successful Kickstarter campaign, the first Weatherbies book, Sammy Sun is coming out to play, has now been released on Amazon. Watch this space.
Extended leave for parents of premature babies
A bill calling for extended parental leave for mothers and fathers of premature babies has gained cross party support and is scheduled to be debated in parliament on December 16. More than 110,000 people have already signed a petition on Change.org which was started in June 2015 by mum Catriona Ogilvy, who gave birth to her first son Samuel ten weeks early. Catriona highlighted that her maternity leave started immediately and months before she was able to bring her baby home, robbing her of precious time at home with her child. The cost neonatal care can also be crippling for families. The charity Bliss has highlighted that families spend on average an extra £2,256 over the course of their hospital stay, but the emotional impact can be greater. A staggering 40 per cent of mothers experience post-natal depression following neonatal intensive care, compared to five to 10 per cent of mothers delivering without complication at full term. Extending statutory parental leave for these families would enable them to receive emotional and financial support at a time of great trauma and stress.
71% The number of teachers who believe that children need support at home from parents if they are going to become readers.
1 in 4 The number of parents who are saving to help their child buy their first home.