Good for the baby, and good for the mamas and papas!
Mamas, if you don’t want to miss out on some of your little one’s major milestones, it’s worth taking part in a quality parent-infant programme. Not only will this give your child a head start, but it also makes for a special bonding experience. It’s also the perfect way to be directly involved in your child’s early development.
Developed in Europe decades ago, PIP is an infant development programme that’s been available in Hong Kong since 1997. Specifically designed for children from the ages of six months and up until they’re walking, the course focuses on stimulating behaviours that encourage early developmental progression.
There’s no need to worry about your child being placed in a group that’s either behind them or more advanced developmentally – PIP is unique in that children are placed in a group of infants of the same age, all born in the same month! Within their group, your child will be encouraged to participate in activities and games that advance reflexes – proven to facilitate academic success.
You and your baby will have a ball together at PIP, with more than 100 activities and games on offer for the three different developmental groups: 6 weeks to 4 months, 4 months to 7 months, and the crawler group. Babies work with muscle groups, large and small, practising their coordination and control (think simple mat exercises, to begin with) and move onto obstacle courses once they can crawl. You’ll want to come back each week for more inspiring activities!
Lessons are planned by Psychomotor Skills Therapist and Learning Assistance Teacher, Anne Knecht-Boyer, and are enhanced by the fact that Anne has qualified Rhythmic Movement Training, AND is the author of the book, Baby Fun. Did we mention she is also an instructor at the International Association of Infant Massage? Hence the 15-minute infant massage included in each 75-minute lesson.
PIP’s spacious studio is abundant with colourful wood, fabric and plastic equipment. In this tactile environment, Anne makes sure each lesson focuses on sensory processing, with developmental activities to stimulate your child and their senses.
International Parent Infant Parent (PIP), 14/F Unit C, Casey Building, 38 Lok Ku Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 9092 5465, www.intparentinfantprogram.asia