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It is a HAPPY NEW YEAR indeed at ReadyStepGrow!

The popularity of our Developmental Playgroups for Prems has us thrilled to be back in the office earlier than expected!

We wanted to include everyone on our ever-expanding waiting list so we have restructured our Term 1 sessions and an email with all the details has been sent!

Premmies with parents who provide an 'enriched' environment do better and our Developmental Playgroups for Prems educate parents about the variety of engaging and exciting ways to develop the skills necessary for learning.

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Singing lullabies to your NICU baby (and at home of course)
(presented on Life Matters, Radio National 18/12/12)
The Royal London Hospital is encouraging mothers to sing lullabies to their NICU babies. Mothers' voices are already known to even the smallest babies from their time in utero. It can then act as an acoustic bridge between prenatal and postnatal life. Families in the London NICU come from many different cultures and therefore there are many different lullabies being sung. Parents learn from each other - new lullabies, how and when to calm their babies, how singing provides "company" for both parent and baby.

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The EPICure study in the UK has been researching long-term outcomes of prematurely born children for the last 16 years.   It was their 11 year follow-up that really got my attention.  
It was found that when it comes to learning and school, the most common challenges for prems, were related to learning and thinking.    The number of children with learning difficulties remained largely unchanged when looking at assessments at 6 years and 11 years of age.  This translated into around 2/3 of the children needing extra support in school.    

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For good reasons, Prems can be sensitive souls and their families sensitive too as the conditions surrounding their birth are not easy and never forgotten.   With a proactive approach, parents of Prems can harness many moments to positively influence their child’s well-being.  I spoke of these many moments recently, at ReadyStepGrow's Information Evening because to be truly ‘present’ with our children, moments are more abundant than any other opportunity in time.   

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    support for premature children Paediatric Occupational Therapist "I found the work you are doing to support premature children and their families, so inspiring. From Read More
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    Sia born at 30 weeks Sia was born in her 30th week. The hospital did everything they could to stop her but she had a Read More
  • Asha & Maya's story

    Asha & Maya's story ReadyStepGrow "helped reduce my girl's separation anxiety and their need to be physically with me all the time, it increased Read More
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Tue Jun 27, 2017 @10:00 - 11:30AM
Tuesday Toddlers (Term 2 2017)
Tue Jul 18, 2017 @10:00 - 11:30AM
Pre-Kindy (Term 3 2017)
Tue Jul 18, 2017 @11:45 - 01:15PM
Tue Baby Prems (Term 3 2017)
Wed Jul 19, 2017 @10:00 - 11:30AM
Toddlers (Term 3 2017)
Wed Jul 19, 2017 @11:45 - 01:15PM
Tiny Premmies (Term 3 2017)

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