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Back to school wear

Here at Kidzeco we have all our pre-loved school clothes available for free on our shop floors. Whether you are in need of one or 2 items or a whole new School Wardrobe Kidzeco may just be the answer.

As we are still celebrating a sustainable summer so why not pop in and pick up items you are needing for the new school term and drop off any school clothes that your little ones no longer require. On our first day of this promotion 227 school items went out and we estimate that we got at least half of this number, donated back in! This is indeed the cycle that we need to see more of within our community….the more people that get involved, the bigger the cycle gets. Exciting days for our community and also our for our national carbon footprint

We would just like everyone to know that we are here, Open and fully stocked up on all the clothes your little ones need for everything from the big change of Transitioning to a new school or just the next size up. Pop in for a visit! While Stock last.

If like me you are unsure what you need to have for schools going back. I’ve added a handy checklist with some of the essential items.
School Uniform Essentials:

    1. 3-4 Blouses/Shirts/Polo Shirts
    2. 3-4 Sweaters/Cardigans/Jumpers
    3. For Boys: 2-3 Pairs of trousers and at least 1 pair of shorts
    4. For Girls: 2-3 Pinafores/Skirts and 2 Pairs of Trousers
    5. 5 Pairs of socks/Tights
    6. School Bag: Book Bag/Rucksack

School Clothes are available on both Bathgate and Livingston Shop Floors and are stocked up almost every day.

Love Island is Supporting Sustainable Fashion!

As Love Island announces it’s partnership with Ebay, this year’s contestants will be wearing pre-loved fashion from a shared wardrobe situated in the new villa.  It’s amazing for such a large community to promote such a noble cause so close to our hearts!  With over 20% more people shopping second-hand than 2 years ago this is an amazing promotion to draw attention to the wonderful world of second hand clothing.

Fast fashion is a real issue and one that continues to grow.  Not only does it have a huge impact on the environment through carbon emissions, waste in large quantities and not to mention the ethical concerns with most of these items made in sweatshops under terrible working conditions.

Buying sustainable will help us further our fight against global warming and hopefully encourage large fast fashion retailers to question their own practice. Our goal this summer is to do better for the environment we will be leaving behind for our children and the generations to come. The change has to start with us! Here are some easy ways you can get involved:

Buying second-hand will not only save money but will also increase the longevity of a single item of clothing. By shopping for re-used products small local business and social enterprise will benefit bringing positive impact on the local community. This is a great way to support not only our planet but the people who live in it too all the while looking fabulous in your new wardrobe.

Your old clothes can also help fight against fast fashion. When you are clearing out try to have two piles; one for clothes that have “life” left in them that can be donated or passed on for re-use and the other that "are past their best" that can be passed on for textile recycling.

Supporting sustainable business is a great way to help reduce your carbon footprint and also to support your own local community. Many pre-loved stores, including Kidzeco, prevent tonnes of waste from ending up in landfill every year while providing support to people in their communities. Remember to check in with your local store if you are unsure as to which items you can donate.

Be sure to share your purchase online for your family and friends to not only see the bargain you have picked but also to highlight sustainable fashion and promote the business you purchased it from. Let's get on trend on this summer with Love Island and shop sustainable fashion.

Happy Snapping!

You can support our sustainable business online here: Kidzeco, on our Facebook pages (Kidzeco Bathgate, Kidzeco Livingston, Kidzeco in the community) or pop into one of our stores in Livingston or Bathgate. Thank you for your continued and ongoing support!

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#sustainableshopping
#sustainablefashion #kidzecointhecommunity #preloved

It’s bumpathon time!

 

Are you pregnant?
Do you want to raise money for a good cause?
Would you like your bump painted to commemorate this time in you and your littles ones journeys.
Take part in our annual Bumpathon!

This has been a long time coming and we have missed our Bumpathon’s sooooo much; our last one was in December 2019 pre-lockdown.

We are delighted to announce that we are running our Annual Bumpathon on Friday 27th May and are looking for pregnant ladies to take part. If you’d like an information sheet please email us on enquiries@kidzeco.net. Registration packs will be available in Kidzeco – Bathgate, Kidzeco – Livingston and Kidz n Kin from Saturday.

If you are expecting, or know someone who is, and would like to get involved with our fantastic event then please get in touch.

 

Looking for a new challenge?

Are you looking for a new exciting challenge?

Good news we have what you need!

Kidzeco is a well-established social enterprise in West Lothian supporting and providing effective support to children and their families. in their community, when they need us most. We are currently looking for 3 members to join our ever growing team.

Community Development Officer (35 hours per week, 24,000 per annum)
The post holder will develop and deliver our nutritional programme and activities in line with our health improvement work; Reducing health inequalities in families with young children and expectant mothers. The position will be primarily based in Kidz n Kin but there will be a requirement to work throughout west Lothian.

Employability Officer (35 hours per week, £24,000 per annum)
The is a new and exciting opportunity to develop and facilitate our Next Stepz Employability programme. If you are enthusiastic, driven and can directly support young people with barriers to employment make progress towards employment, education or training through volunteering this is the role for you.

Perinatal Peer Support Worker (21 hours per week, £12,480 per annum)
The successful candidate will support the development and facilitation of our new and exciting Bumpz to Babiez perinatal Café, based in Kidz n Kin, to support the wellbeing of parents and children aged 0-2 years.

All positions are fixed term to 30th June 2023.
For full job description, and/or to apply please email enquiries@kidzeco.net
Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 14th May 2022.

Easter!

Easter is approaching! And we are hopping on the bandwagon as Easter falls on Sunday 17th April this year. Since its origins, Easter has been a time of celebration and feasting and many traditional Easter games and customs developed, such as egg rolling, egg tapping, blowing and egg decorating. With kids at home, you’ll want to find some fun activities for them to do over the Easter break. We have listed a few egg-cellent ideas for the Easter break that are fun to do with the kids and adults may also enjoy as well!

1. Easter Egg Charades

One way to get the whole family involved is to engage in a game of charades. Put the prompts in Easter eggs and have each person act out the word or phrase. Just remember to keep it simple for the little ones using prompts like Bunny, duckling, carrots, chick, and Easter egg hunt are just a few of the words and phrases that you can act out!

2. Easter Bingo

Who doesn’t love a game of bingo? There are tons of free printable Easter bingo cards that you can find online and players can use some delicious jelly beans and other sweet Easter goodies to mark the squares that they get throughout the game. Finally, have an array of prizes that young children, older kids, and adults will all appreciate!

3. Paper Plate Easter Chick

Step 1. Start by covering your working surface with an old table cloth or some newspaper.
Step 2. Set out a paper plate and have your toddler paint it with yellow paint.
Step 3. Let the plates dry for a little while (this may take longer depending on the amount of finger paint your toddler used).
Step 4. Cut some triangles out of orange construction paper to make the beaks of the chicks.
Step 5. Invite your toddler to glue some feathers, beaks and googly eyes to the plates.
And that’s it! The most adorable chick’s a toddler can make are ready. These are seriously easy to make and they are perfect for decorating for Easter!

Mummy & Me

According to the oxford dictionaries, Mother can be defined as: To bring up a child with care and affection; to look after kindly and protectively, sometimes excessively so. Mothering Sunday is all about honouring that special lady in our lives so from Kidzeco we would like to say Happy Mother’s day, to all Mums, Mums to be, Step-mums, Foster mums, grannies and great-grannies. We hope that all you wonderful ladies have a day of relaxation and Pampering.

 

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone:

Mums, Dads, Daughters and Sons.
We’re all related to mothers
And there are some special ones.
Some who take on a mothering role

And not related through birth
But love as much as any mother could.
That type of love sustains our earth.
Adoptive parents are special,

They open their home and heart,
Providing a child with a loving bond,
And a family in which they are part.
Mothering is tender, loving care,

A strong desire to guide and protect,
To keep their children safe from harm.
Mothers of all kinds deserve respect.
Happy Mother’s Day!!

 

Save the environment in style with your sidekick. Our re-useable Matching bag set means you and your little superhero can shop in the knowledge that you are helping the environment and looking fab doing so. My Bagz set includes one “Tweenies”  themed adult bag and one matching Childs size.

The cotton bags would make a marvellous Mother’s Day gift from children, or as a brilliant Birthday gift for Mum too, whatever the occasion, we know she’ll tote-ally love it.

Made from re-cycled material by our very talented Fun With Fabric team.

Spring has sprung!

Winter is ending and Spring is here, flowers are starting to bloom, birds are coming back, and beauty is alive in nature. This time of year is perfect to go for hikes or lay in the sun, just perfect for being outside. With Covid restrictions starting to lift, there’s definitely reasons to be hopeful. Warmer weather and longer days are coming. This spring lets make it a goal to take full advantage of the time we have and the people we have to share it with, lets spend time outside having fun and laughing. At Kidzeco we will continue to run our Buggy/Bump Walks and Dadz Trek walks as the weather gets warmer we have a new range of spring wear in both our Bathgate and Livingston store. hope you all have the best time this spring.

Valentines Day 2022

Valentines Day is all about caring for one another and spending the day with the ones you love doing the things you love.

Here at Kidzeco we have our Love themed red windows and Valentines themed classes and Fivez 4 Fridays. Come check them out or catch up through our Facebook page at Kidzeco.

A Lovely Poem for you all on this wholesome day

If apples were pears
And peaches were plums
And the rose had a different name.
If tigers were bears
And fingers were thumbs
I’d love you just the same.

Let’ spread love and kindness this valentines day!

New year, New Addition?

The new year is an exciting time for everyone. We make new friends, memories and experiences. But for you this year will also add a new addition to the family!

A new baby is such a special, wonderful and joyous thing. When a little bundle of joy comes into our lives, we experience so many “firsts.” From first smiles to first laughs, to first steps. But the biggest and most important first is the first time you hold them and realize how much you love them. Having a new born in the family will bring you lots of unique and wonderful experiences. It is amazing how something so little can bring us such delight.

At Kidzeco things are all about baby. We offer support for new parents, from peer led groups, baby wearing meetings, breastfeeding support, baby massage and classes allowing parents to fight the feeling for isolation through meeting and socialising with other new parents.  We also have a wide range of baby accessories, clothes, toys and nursery furniture in-store and online.

Kidzeco.net/Baby-Accessories
Kidzeco-Livingston Facebook
Kidzeco-Bathgate Facebook