13:00 Monday 16 December 2013

Pupils learn the joy of kids with virtual babies

Written byJENNY MOODY

13/12/13 virtual babies - Thomas Alleyne's High School, Uttoxeter Alleynes Virtual Babies - John Fitcett (lions), Ken Baxter (knights).Fliss Roe Dani Mansfield 13/12/13 virtual babies - Thomas Alleyne's High School, Uttoxeter Alleynes Virtual Babies - John Fitcett (lions), Ken Baxter (knights).Fliss Roe Dani Mansfield

UTTOXETER pupils have been have been left holding the baby as they learned about responsibility and parenting.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School saw 31 year 10 pupils, who are studying for their child development GCSE, learn about the needs of a newborn infant by looking after virtual babies.

The babies are programmed to cry when they need attention and the pupils have to find out what it is that they need so they learn skills like nappy changing, feeding and winding and how to calm a distressed baby.

Throughout the weekend the babies record everything that happens to them on an internal computer chip. After the event, all the information was downloaded to create a parenting report and the top three scoring ‘parents’ are awarded a prize.

The pupils were also supported by the Uttoxeter Lions who have donated a £200 and the Uttoxeter Knights who have donated a £220 to enable them to have an chance to look after the babies.

Emily Young, co-ordinator of the event, said: “This experience is really valuable for the pupils as they learn vital parenting skills which will help them in the future.

“All the pupils are really excited about the weekend and have been counting down the days since it was organised in September. I am sure they will all take the responsibility of looking after the baby very seriously.

“This is the third year the event has been running and each year it is a success. I would also like to thank the kind donations from the Uttoxeter Lions and the Uttoxeter Knights.”

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