Manukau Courier : February 15th 2011
16 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 NEWS Location: 267 Roscommon Rd, Wiri Telephone: 09 918 0500 • Viewingfrom9amondayofsale • Open to the public • All makes and models • Trade-Ins, Excess Stock, Repo's PASSENGER & COMMERCIAL manheim.co.nz Enter Here 267 Roscommon Rd, Wiri BUDGET CAR AUCTION Large range of vehicles every Thursday at 12noon. B4 School Check a valuable lesson Around 8200 Counties Manukau five-year-olds have started school. That is a huge mile- stone in a child s life so it s important they arrive in peak health and ready to learn. Counties Manukau District Health Board adviser Sue Miller says: If a child can t see or hear as well as they should or has an undetected health con- dition, this can hinder their ability to learn. She is urging parents to take advantage of the free B4 School Check offered to all four-year- olds. The B4 School Check, the last of the eight core well child checks, was introduced in 2008 with the aim of spotting health and development problems before children go to school. Some children have been found to need glasses. Others have had grommets fitted so they can hear better and a number have been referred for help with things like language development. Ms Miller says addressing those issues can be life-changing for the children and their parents, some of whom weren t aware there was a problem. Health, development or behavioural issues can go unrecognised in young children because they often adapt to cope with a weakness that isn t apparent, even to those closest to them. When it s sorted out they really blossom and gain in confidence. The checks are free for every four-year-old. The assessment takes about 45 minutes and includes filling out devel- opment questionnaires, height and weight measurements, hearing and vision tests and a check of teeth and gums. If any concerns are identified children can be referred to a doctor, a specialist such as a paediatrician, speech language therapist, psy- chologist or dentist. Parents of children turning four usually receive an invitation from their Well Child Tamariki Ora provider -- Plunket, Southseas Healthcare, Papakura Marae Tamariki Ora or Raukura Hauora O Tainui Mokopuna Ora -- for their child to attend a check. Parents who have not been invited for a check can call 0800-104-105. See www.moh.govt.nz/ b4schoolcheck for more information about the B4 School Check. Prize offer for ideas Women scientists with a business idea are being given the chance to start their own company to commercialise it. The Association for Women in the Sciences and biotech venture capi- tal and development company Pacific Channel have launched the Women in Science Entre- preneurship Award. The winner will receive $50,000 of incu- bation time at Pacific Channel, including access to an advisory board with experience in science commercialisa- tion. The award aims to encourage more women into science entrepre- neurship and venture creation. A panel of judges -- including Amira Pharmaceuticals co- founder Dr Jilly Evans, Trilogy co-founder Sarah Gibbs and Mitali Purohit from Pacific Channel -- will choose the winning entry that demonstrates the greatest social and financial impact. Entries close on June 30.The winner will be announced at the Associ- ation for Women in the Sciences conference on July 28-29. Go to www.pacific channel.com or www.awis.org.nz for information and entry forms. Variety scholarships open Applications for Variety -- The Children s Charity Gold Heart Scholarship programme are now open. The programme aims to help Kiwi kids reach their lifelong dreams in education, music, art, and sport. Variety provides tal- ented kids aged up to 18 who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged with a $5000 scholarship To apply children should already be at a high level in their field and show the passion and commitment needed to achieve a long-term aspirational goal. Six scholarships are on offer this year. Over the past three years Variety has funded 72 scholarships in fields as varied as rugby, artistic roller skating, flute and art. Applications close on March 31. Call Heather Stevens on 520-4111 or see www.variety.org.nz.
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