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Resto van Harte’s objective is to provide a place in the neighbourhood where people can meet to allow social inclusion. Resto van Harte is a non-governmental organization, which aims to give lonely people a possibility to escape from social exclusion by cooking and have dinner together in their neighbourhood. Resto van Harte has 34 locations in the Netherlands. The activities are intended for people in social exclusion, such as older people, stay at home parents, disabled people.
There are also locations of Resto van Harte where children can help make dinner. During the dinner, children learn more about things like sport, healthy food, how to use pocket money wisely, etc. The activities of Resto van Harte are aimed at children from low-income families and/or children who are socially excluded.
These crèches for single-parent families and offers childcare with atypical schedules and socio-professional support for parents. The crèche called Beavers (Les Castors) was created in 2011 by ANAF (Association of Nantes Family Support) and operates in three priority areas of Rezé (Pont-Rousseau, Castle and Ragon). It offers to families in difficulties (single parent families, families receiving social benefits, families with parents on part-time contracts) a childcare solution while accompanying them in a social and professional integration. The crèche has ten places offered for periods of three months, renewable. If the time slots (Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 20.00) are not sufficiently catering for the needs of working parents, an individual home care may be set up in addition. The crèche also provides additional services for parents, such as help with job search or training.
eyer Trauma Center is a special unit of Meyer Hospital that works with all the medical issues related to traumas and orthopaedic treatments. The Trauma Center team regularly organises lectures for families aimed to decrease domestic injuries on children aged from 0 - 6 and from 6 - 12 months; during these lectures the professionals are also giving advices on how to prevent and detect abuses, maltreatment and neglect. In particular, during the lectures the teaching staff focuses on all the tips for families and caregivers to avoid dangers, but also to prevent neglect. In addition to it, a special attention is given to the description of stressful situations, especially regarding newborns, that in some cases can lead to violent behaviours. For example, one of the topics is the so-called PURPLE Crying Period, a period of time in which babies can tend to have unexpected and long lasting crying crisis. Parents are trained to recognise and find solutions while their children are going through this period in order to avoid stress and abrupt reactions that can sometimes lead to violence. Another important topic is the Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), all the risks connected to the intentional shaking of the baby and physical/psychological violence signs and symptoms.
In the town of "La Charité sur Loire" (Department of Nievre - N°58), the community center (social center) helps the parents who need a child care while they are working. According to their needs, they can use a child minder or a day nursery. But these care arrangements are not possible for parents who work with atypical schedules (early on the morning, late on the evening, during the night, during the weekend). It is even more difficult for single-parent families. So, the community center has signed a contract with the private enterprise "Family Sphere" in order to help these families. A Child minder (who is qualified for this job) comes at home and takes care of the baby (and of other children if it is necessary). Family Allowance Fund pays subsidies and the parents only pay a fare which depends on their income as if they would use a day nursery (between 0,36 and 2,77 euros/hour). This solution is born thanks to the participative democracy; it was created by the community center in dialogue with the inhabitants because it was really useful for them. Then, the municipality led a public enquiry with 800 families and it resulted that it was a real social need. The town of “La charité sur Loire” is qualified by Unicef “Ville amie des enfants” “friendly city for children”
The Children’s Food Trust early years food and nutrition programme ‘Eat Better, Start Better’ aims to support healthier food provision in early years settings and in families with young children aged between one and five years; and increase the food, nutrition and healthy cooking knowledge, skills and confidence of early years and health practitioners and parents. The two year programme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE) Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) grant involved the development and publication of the first Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings in England, setting a national
benchmark for the approach to and provision of food in early years settings.