FNP Christmas Party
East Coast Community Healthcare’s Family Nurse Partnership team got Christmas off to a great start for young parents in the Lowestoft area when they organised a special party for their children.
The family nurses brought Santa and one of his Christmas Elves to Kirkley Children’s Centre to meet the families and give them an early Christmas present.
The babies and toddlers, all of whose start in the world was helped along by one of the family nurses, had a fantastic time at the party which involved games, dancing and craft activities.
The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a voluntary home visiting programme for first time young mums, aged 19 years and under, and is celebrating 10 years of service delivery in the UK this year. A specially trained family nurse visits the mother from early pregnancy and supports them until the child reaches two years of age. They offer advice on all aspects of the baby’s birth and care as well as helping them with issues such as arranging housing, obtaining benefits and continuing their studies.
ECCH’s Family Nurse Supervisor, Nicole Hobson, said: “We wanted to kick-start Christmas for the little ones and give their parents a chance to meet up, chat and share their parenting experiences. It’s very easy to stay indoors when your child is tiny and your friends may still be at college or school and that can be very lonely and isolating.
“The party was also an opportunity to celebrate 10 years of FNP in the UK because our nurses really do make a difference to young first time parents, helping them have a healthy pregnancy, improve their child’s health and development and plan their own futures.”