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FNP Christmas Party

Father Christmas came to Lowestoft a bit early this year when he dropped in on the Christmas party organised by East Coast Community Healthcare’s Family Nurse Partnership and brought presents for the babies and toddlers supported by the service.

The young children, all of whose start in the world was helped along by one of the family nurses, had a fantastic time at the party at Kirkley Children’s Centre 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. 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: “Our Christmas party has become a bit of a tradition for the service. The children love it and, seeing them so happy is great for the team. It also gives their parents a chance to meet up, chat and share their parenting experiences. It can be very isolating when you have young children and your friends may still be at college or school. It’s easy to just stay at home, particularly at this time of year when the weather’s miserable, and that can lead to loneliness and depression. The party gives them a chance to socialise, enjoy themselves and celebrate what they’ve achieved in becoming parents.”

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