Classes in Lichfield set to help Polish parents in the city

Polish parents are set to get extra support after new classes were set up in Lichfield.

A grant from the Department of Health means a programme of National Childbirth Trust (NCT) antenatal, breastfeeding and postnatal classes will be offered Staffordshire County Council’s Children’s Centres in the city.

The course, called Transition to Parenthood, is to begin mid June and will be offered to Polish parents who are more than 30 weeks pregnant.

Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council, and Lead Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Ian Parry said:

“Our children’s centres offer courses to a wide range of parents, and aim to be inclusive as possible.  This new course for Polish parents is just one way we are catering to an ever-expanding and diversifying community.”

Lucy Smith, a local parent, NCT antenatal teacher and member of the Burton Hospital Trusts MSLC, is the coordinator of the new course. She will be using a specially designed Polish antenatal pack which has been introduced by Lichfield District Midwife lead, Julie Baker.

Lucy said:

“There is a growing need to help Polish parents and, with translation, our local NCT classes will perfectly fit the bill.”

Translation services will be provided by the local Sure Start Children’s Centres.

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