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New parent workshops at Hunter Hall

L-R Lisa Jackson of Acorn Marketing (organisers of the event), Mrs Donna Vinsome Head Teacher, Ross Wallace from Lakes First Aid and attendees Nicola White and Lucy Shaw
L-R Lisa Jackson of Acorn Marketing (organisers of the event), Mrs Donna Vinsome Head Teacher, Ross Wallace from Lakes First Aid and attendees Nicola White and Lucy Shaw

[H]unter Hall School in Penrith is running a series of workshops and events for new parents ranging from first aid to child development and nutrition.

The aim of the school is to give new parents or those expecting a helping hand and a bit of advice when looking after pre-school children or babies.

The first event was the ‘Bumps, Babies and Tots’ sale in May, which attracted over 150 people. Entry was by donation with all money raised going to BLISS the charity for premature babies. £140 was raised from donations on the day.

Following on from the success of the ‘Bumps, Babies and Tots sale’ the school hosted a paediatric first aid taster session, which was run by Ross Wallace of Lakes First Aid.

Ross has over 20 years experience in first aid training. He is a trained Surf Lifeguard, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and has been an active member of Mountain Rescue. He also says that bringing up two children has offered plenty of hands-on experience in early year’s first aid!

The workshop was a practical & hands on first aid session, for those providing care for children, including new parents and other family members.

Ross covered how to check breathing & maintain an airway, treating a choking baby or child and performing CPR. At the end of the session he hosted a Q&A hot seat, which gave attendees an opportunity to ask something they’ve always wanted to know but been to afraid to ask.

Donna Vinsome, Head Teacher at Hunter Hall School said: “There is so much information to digest when you’re a new parent even before children even get to school age! We wanted to reach out to new parents in our community and offer some support and advice from local experts on some of the common issues that many new families face, such as what to do in an emergency. The session was very well attended and we’ve had some great feedback.”

There are several workshops planned going into 2018, this includes a session on the 28th September on Nutrition for children with Adrienne Harrison-Cottrell, who is an Integrative & Alternative Health Care Practitioner.

On the 25th January 2018 there will be a workshop on child development with Liz Wilson who runs Baby Sensory North Cumbria and Georgina Griffiths Head of Early Years at Hunter Hall. Due to the success of the recent first aid course the school hopes to run another session next year, for which there is already on a waiting list. Anyone interested in attending any of these free courses are asked to contact Hunter Hall.

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