Playgroups & Coffee Groups

One of our most regular and popular support events is hosting playgroups for young prems of different ages and at different stages of development.

These FREE playgroups give whānau the opportunity to meet with a professional Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist who has experience working with NICU and SCBU babies.  Additionally you’re able to get to know other NICU/SCBU whānau and build lasting connections once you’ve left the unit.
For any last minute changes to our playgroups please check our Facebook page or contact us on info@littlemiraclestrust.org.nz

Auckland

Auckland City Hospital – Mums Morning Tea 

Every Tuesday at 10.30am in the Mums room in NICU.  Come and along to chat with one of our Lactation Consultants and other NICU Mums as well as enjoy some home baking provided by one of our ex-NICU Mums.

Playgroup with Occupational Therapy Support

Our amazing Occupational Therapist, Janet, would love to see any ex-NICU/SCBU families and babies for our weekly playgroup which is held at Pt Chevalier Community Centre.

Every Wednesday from 10am – 11.30am starting from February 2 2022.

There’s no need to worry about being on time or staying for the whole time, feel free to come and go as works for you and your baby.

Waikato

Playgroup with Developmental Support

Held on the first and the third Thursday of the month from 9.30-11am 

Facilitated by Laura, this group will provide:
  • Social Support for parents
  • An Occupational therapist who can provide advice regarding developmental milestones and play development
  • Developmentally appropriate toys and play equipment
  • A safe space for babies who have been discharged from the unit until the age of two
  • Preschool siblings are welcome
  • Light refreshments

Contact:

Venue:

McKenzie Centre,
30 Hammond Street
Hamilton Central
Full information can be found here

Tauranga

Join our Playgroup with Developmental Support for the Tauranga Region! Like our other playgroups, this is FREE and open to all premature and high-risk babies in who have been through a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) or SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) and will provide a very valuable service for parents to get crucial free developmental assistance and advice for their babies.

This will be held on the first and third Friday of every month, from 9.30am – 11am

Venue:
Wesley Church
100, 13th Avenue
Tauranga

For more information email us: info@littlemiraclestrust.org.nz

Hawkes Bay

Come along to our Developmental Support group for those in the Hawkes Bay Region! We’ve teamed up with Elen Nathan, an Occupational Therapist at The Playful Place.  With her help, we’re now able to provide assistance to more families on a neonatal journey.

This developmental group is FREE and open to all premature and high-risk babies in who have been through a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) or SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) and will provide a very valuable service for parents to get crucial free developmental assistance and advice for their babies.

Contact:
Elen Nathan
The Playful Place
021 0206 1360
elen.nathan.ot@gmail.com
www.theplayfulplace.co.nz

First Friday of every month (Term time only)            
9am – 10.30am
The Playful Place
6 Ossian St
Port Ahuriri
Napier
Note: Bookings are essential as limited places available

New Plymouth

Join our FREE Playgroup with Developmental Support for Taranaki families!

Held fortnightly in conjunction with Plunket and registered Occupational Therapist, Paula Matheson, this service is open to all babies who have been in a neonatal unit in NZ and will provide a valuable service for parents to get crucial free developmental assistance and advice for their babies (as well as providing a place for a catch up over a coffee for neonatal mums and dads!)

Held at:

Taranaki Plunket Rooms

214 Devon Street West
New Plymouth
From 9.30am – 11am
 

For further details contact:
info@littlemiraclestrust.org.nz

 

Wellington

Come along to our Playgroup with Developmental Support for those in the Wellington Region! Run in conjunction with registered physiotherapist, Kat Wyeth, we’re now able to provide assistance to more families on a neonatal journey.

This new developmental group is FREE and open to all babies in who have been through a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) or SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) and will provide a very valuable service for parents to get crucial free developmental assistance and advice for their babies (as well as providing a place for a catch up over a coffee for neonatal mums and dads!)

Venue:
Run on the first and third Thursday of the month 9.30-11am
Johnsonville Community Center
3 Frankmore Avenue
Johnsonville

Contact: Info@littlemiraclestrust.org.nz for more details

Dunedin

Join our FREE Playgroup with Developmental Support for Dunedin families! 

Held fortnightly in conjunction with the School of Physiotherapy, South Dunedin Community Network and registered physiotherapist Donna Smith, this service is open to all babies who have been in a neonatal unit in NZ and will provide a valuable service for parents to get crucial free developmental assistance and advice for their babies (as well as providing a place for a catch up over a coffee for neonatal mums and dads!)

Held fortnightly on a Thursday at: 

South Dunedin Community Network
278a King Edward Street
South Dunedin 9012

From 9.30am – 11am

For further details contact:

Donna.smith@otago.ac.nz