“The challenge really is making your money last,” says Hayley. As a single mum, she knows it’s important to help kids have fun – without spending a fortune.
So a trip to the local park makes for an easy day out.
“It’s great to get them out even just for a short while. It’s fun playing on the swings, splashing in puddles or picking up leaves. They’re in the fresh air, and it means they’ll sleep better at night.”
But a social circle isn’t just good for kids. It’s essential for mums. Back home, over a cuppa and some home-made cakes, mums can enjoy chatting while the children play together.
What’s obvious is how – in just a couple of months – a little PlayTalkRead is helping Orla develop. You can see her growing confidence at the swing park. You can hear her trying to sing "Twinkle Twinkle” at home. And you can see her pride as mum puts Orla's painting up in the kitchen.