Shared from the 5/30/2017 Inner West Courier - City eEdition


Study hub with nannies in class

Parents’ short courses have childminding service


Alana Piper hits the books with her five-month-old son Max Ruitinga. Picture: John Appleyard

AS a mother, making time for yourself is probably the toughest job of all.

But one Lilyfield resident, Alana Piper, is starting a community college for parents where they can participate in short courses while their children receive an inroom childminding service.

Mothers and fathers can choose from 24 six-week courses covering subjects including photography, cakedecorating, classical ballet, drawing, positive parenting, personal branding and writing for social media.

Each class has up to three nannies to ensure parents can keep an eye on their little ones while studying.

Ms Piper said the program

– Seed & Spark – was set to start on July 17 at Camperdown Commons and was an opportunity for parents to take time out for themselves.

“Caring for little ones at home is incredibly rewarding but it can also be stressful, exhausting, tedious and lonely,” the mother-of-two said. “It’s all too easy for new parents, especially mums, to become physically and emotionally depleted in a way that not only makes them miserable but also stops them from being the best parents they can be.”

Ms Piper, 33, said the idea for Seed & Spark came after her struggles while on maternity leave with her son, Austin, 3, and again five months ago with Max.

“I was hit by the isolation and the loss of self that comes with looking after a baby and I felt utterly defeated,” she said.

Camperdown Commons community manager Ilina Lovely said: “We believe Seed & Spark has the potential to positively impact local parents in a really meaningful way.”


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