Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Community Safety Breastfeeding Cafe Pram Parking Baby Toddler Darebin, Melbourne. Herald Sun Sept.18th 2013 & Northcote Leader Sept. 25th 2013


Ms Wells said most parents who took children to a mainstream cafe knew they only had about 20 minutes before "things started getting fraught".
"We wanted to open a cafe that children would love and parents would also love going to," she said.


Prams and kids welcome at Darebin's first children's cafe


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Proprietors, Ross McNair and Catherine Wells with daughter Tilda, 3months, at Three Little Seeds Children's Cafe in Thornbury. Picture: CARMELO BAZZANO Source: News Limited
BREASTFEEDING, pram parking and playing are all on the menu at Darebin's first children's cafe.
Parents and neighbouring cafe owners have welcomed Three Little Seeds Children's Cafe, which opened yesterday, saying it was about time this demand was specifically catered for.
Proprietors Ross McNair and Catherine Wells said they opened the cafe because they'd found there were few places they could take their own three children, despite local cafes boasting child-friendly status.
"There's often a clash of worlds in these cafes where people go for different reasons," Mr McNair said.
"Some people go for peace and quiet and others go to meet friends - they often want an experience that doesn't involve kids."
Ms Wells said most parents who took children to a mainstream cafe knew they only had about 20 minutes before "things started getting fraught".
"We wanted to open a cafe that children would love and parents would also love going to," she said.
Like many trendy Thornbury eateries, the cafe has a long bench in front the window, but it's at children's height with a row of small pastel coloured chairs under it.
Food includes organic baked beans, banana porridge and homemade fish fingers.
There's a play cafe in one corner, a creative space out the back along with a tee-pee, a children's art gallery and pram parking.
Northcote Bakeshop proprietor Peter Byrne was among neighbouring cafe personnel to welcome the new addition, saying it added life and a much-needed kids' option to High St.
He said he and his staff welcomed families and did their best to accommodate them, but children got bored if their parents sat on a coffee for too long.
"Small children can't sit longer than about 10 minutes - then they start doing things like eating the sugar," Mr Byrne said.
Reservoir mother of two preschool aged children Annika Priest said so-called child-friendly eateries in Darebin seldom had toys or space for children to play.
She said a children's cafe was long overdue in an area with so many young families.
"There's no other children's or family focused cafe in Northcote or Thornbury - we were always looking for places to go with the mothers' group but we could never find one anywhere," Ms Priest said.
Three Little Seeds Children's Cafe is at 560 High St, Thornbury.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/prams-and-kids-welcome-at-darebin8217s-first-children8217s-cafe/story-fnglenug-1226721035388





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