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Your guide to emotional learning in children
Your guide to emotional learning in children

Research has shown that development in a child’s social-emotional abilities is just as important as their intellectual abilities. Children with a strong emotional foundation are better at developing and maintaining warm, positive relationships with friends and family members and it helps them with everything from self-awareness and self-regulation to accountability and adaptability. 

When choosing a play school in Parkmore, Johannesburg, for your child to attend, it’s important that you pick a professional child care centre that focuses on emotional learning in children. Some of the things that this centre should focus on include helping children to respond with inquisitiveness, identify and name feelings, helping them to calm down or manage their emotions when they are upset or angry and be aware of the feelings of others.

Many parents are very interested in implementing strategies that help their children develop positive character traits and emotionally intelligent children, but it’s crucial that these strategies are carried through at their play schools as well. Teachers need to encourage positive emotional development through a variety of exercises and tasks that are modelled on emotional-social learning such as being a good listener, modelling the behaviour you seek in a child (like the treatment of others with respect or saying you are sorry if you are wrong) and respecting differences in people.

To develop your child’s self-esteem and foster a happier, more well-adjusted human being, send your child to a play school where emotional learning in children is a priority. 

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, educational day care and crèche environment near Hurlingham for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care and holistic educational curriculum ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world in a safe and caring environment. To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our playschool, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Exciting day trips for the whole family near Johannesburg
Exciting day trips for the whole family near Johannesburg

Our nursery school in Craighall, Johannesburg, has listed some of the exciting day trips in and around Johannesburg that are ideal for the whole family:

  • Yeesh! For kids

Yeesh Activities in Woodmead, Johannesburg, offers a variety of activities from kids aged 4 – 12 years old as well as a mini version of their play activities for under four-year olds. There are two giant structures with everything from jumping castles and slides to trampolines and soft play activities. All the areas are supervised so that parents can chill out and enjoy the coffee bar and free Wi-Fi. Find out more about Yeesh!

  • Johannesburg Planetarium

You can take the kids to see a space travel show and learn more about the sun, moon, planets, comets, meteors and stars at the Planetarium in Johannesburg.

  • The Lion Safari Park

The Lion Safari Park just outside of Randburg is a 600-hectare wilderness reserve that will let you and the kids get up close with amazing animals. Some of the animals that you can look forward to seeing include wild dogs, lions, cheetahs, zebras, gemsbok, giraffe, springbuck and more. You can also book a guided tour at the park.

  • Papachinos

Papachinos restaurants are scattered all around Gauteng and they are renowned for offering both kids and adults a great time. The restaurants have fantastic play areas and kiddies’ menus (as well as great food and a terrific ambiance for adults).

  • Sci-Bono science centre

The world-class science centre in Johannesburg’s city centre supports maths, science and technology education through a wide range of interesting and engaging activities for children.

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, educational day care and crèche environment near Hurlingham for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care and holistic educational curriculum ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world in a safe and caring environment. To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our playschool, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Travelling tips: Going on holiday with your new baby
Travelling tips: Going on holiday with your new baby

Planning on going away with your new baby? Our crèche in Hurlingham, Johannesburg, gives a few helpful hints and pointers:

  • Don’t jam-pack your schedule

Travelling with a baby happens at a much slower pace than travelling with your partner or another group of adults. To minimise stress, make sure you don’t have too many activities and a long check-list of to-dos and sightseeing events for each day. Space out activities so that you have time to enjoy each day without feeling too frazzled.

  • Delegate duties

As a new parent, you may want to take on all the chores yourself, but this can easily sap all your energy. Split packing, unpacking, cooking and cleaning duties among yourself and other travelling partners or older children to lighten your load.

  • Research your accommodation options

Some hotels offer discounted rates for children on meals and snacks, which can save you quite a bit of money over the course of your holiday. Also, call ahead of time to find out about supervised childcare and babysitting options, child-friendly facilities, televisions in the rooms and organised events for children.

  • Organise vaccinations ahead of time

Some neighbouring African countries and many foreign countries require certain vaccinations on children. Call your local travel agent and your doctor well in advance to plan for any vaccinations that may be needed.

  • Plan for visas and other documentation

Many new parents are surprised to learn that babies also require visas in certain countries and that the price thereof is the same as adults’. Besides visa, also make sure that you have other types of documentation such as a birth certificate, your marital status and related documents and adoption papers (if applicable) on hand for border control.

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, educational day care and crèche environment near Hurlingham for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care and holistic educational curriculum ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world in a safe and caring environment. To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our playschool, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Christmas craft activities for you and your child
Christmas craft activities for you and your child

’Tis the season to be jolly! Christmas is a great time of the year for families with youngsters, but it can also be a time of year that’s filled with unproductive activities such as watching too much television or being bored at home. To keep your children engaged and productive over the holiday season, kick-start some of these fun craft projects at home:

  • Button tree ornament

If you have a Christmas tree in your living room, then letting your child create their own Christmas ornaments to put on the tree is a great idea. All you will need is a green felt, foam sheet, a glue gun, ribbon and various sized/coloured buttons to make this ornament. After cutting a tree shape out of the green felt, use a glue gun to attach the felt to the foam back. Let your child choose different buttons to place on the tree. Look at pictures of this button tree ornament for more information and details.

  • Family handprint Christmas tree

Get green construction paper and trace the hands of all of your family members on the construction paper. Cut along the lines so that you are left with multiple hand shaped pieces of paper. Stack the construction paper on top of each other, with the smaller hands at the top and the bigger hands at the bottom, before adding a star to the top of the tree.

  • Santa beard

Cut out a shape of a beard on a piece of construction paper (or get a Santa beard template here) and tape a Popsicle stick to the back of the beard. Let your child glue cotton balls on top of the beard. Visit this page for more pictures and details of the Santa beard.

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, loving day care and nursery school environment in Sandton for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world while giving you complete peace of mind. To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our nursery school, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Planning tips for your child’s first birthday party
Planning tips for your child’s first birthday party

Your baby’s first birthday is a big milestone that deserves to be celebrated! Here are some tips from our crèche near Parkmore on how to plan this special day.

  • Who to invite: This is completely up to you but most babies enjoy seeing the faces of the people they are most familiar with, so intimate gatherings with a few friends and family are a great chance to keep your little one comfortable and happy.
  • What time to have it: Choose a time of day when your baby is usually at his or her most active, awake and happy. This will make the party more enjoyable for your child as well as easier for you to manage. Plan around nap times if you can, and try make the party a bit shorter in duration unless you feel your little one can cope or nap somewhere quietly if it is a longer event.
  • Location: Home is always the perfect option for a first birthday as it is a familiar environment for your little one, it’s safe and child-friendly, and it has everything you need so you don’t have to take bags and bags of stuff with you! Alternatively, a child-friendly restaurant, park or a relative’s house are also great picks.
  • Catering: This is more for grownups and older children than your little one, but it’s good to have a variety of snacks on hand rather than taking on the responsibility and fuss of a full meal. A great idea is to make your child their own little cupcake for the event, where they can smash it up and make a mess all on their own! This makes for a really fun photo opportunity too.
  • Entertainment: While the adults can entertain themselves, try and set up a small, contained play area for little ones. This will keep them safe and out from underfoot while also ensuring access to age-appropriate toys in a safe environment.

A safe, fun childcare environment at our crèche near Parkmore

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, loving day care and nursery school environment in Sandton for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world while giving you complete peace of mind – you can see for yourself right here! To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our nursery school, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

All the brilliant benefits of books!
All the brilliant benefits of books!

Modern breakthroughs have shown that properly supported early learning is critical to the development of young children into successful, well-rounded adults. Books play an important role in this development – even when your child can’t read yet! Here are just some of the benefits of reading and books for your baby’s early childhood development, from our day care near Craighall.

  • Bonding: Storytime is the ideal way to bond with your child. Snuggling up with a book and reading out loud is a nurturing activity that brings parents and their little ones even closer. It’s also useful as part of your bedtime ritual, as it is calming and relaxing.
  • Language and academic skills: Reading to your child and enjoying books together has been shown to positively influence your child’s vocabulary, ability to understand words and sentences, and their ability to understand new concepts.
  • Imagination: Books and stories help the imagination soar by introducing your child to the world around them as well as the power of creativity and fantasy. Using their imagination is one of the best ways for children to learn, as they put themselves in the places of different people and creatures to experience new challenges and situations.
  • Addressing new real-life challenges: Your little one’s life is full of big changes and books can help them understand new situations and get to grips with them without feeling scared or anxious. For example, your child may be starting a new play school and a book about the subject will be a fun and positive way to teach your child what to expect from this new adventure.
  • Concentration and focus: Although toddlers will squirm around and become easily distracted, as they get older regular story time sessions teach children to stay quiet and listen closely so that they can follow what’s happening. This is essential self-discipline taught in a fun and interesting way from any age that will help your child stay focussed while learning at school!

 Our day care near Craighall brings out the best in your little one 

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we know that this is a critical time of learning and development for your little one and we aim to support it through a holistic curriculum that teaches through fun, safe and age-appropriate activities. With plenty of peers to play with, extensively trained staff members to oversee all activities and a fun, childproof environment, we’re looking forward to bringing out the best in your child.

For more information on our daily routine or to visit our centre, please contact us today. We look forward to meeting you and having your child join our family!

How children learn social skills
How children learn social skills

Learning social skills is an important part of your child’s early development. These skills focus on communicating and interacting with others in a healthy and positive way, as well as learning responsibility, self-control, consideration for others and self-confidence. Here is some insight into how children develop these skills, from our playschool near Hurlingham.

As an infant, your child comes into the world completely dependent on the people around them for love and care. As they grow, they start of develop self-awareness, bond with family members and become anxious when separated from them. Even though they may interact with other infants to a degree, their real social development starts in a playschool environment through regularly interacting with different adults as well as children of a similar age and engaging in activities together.

Like every developmental milestone, some children develop their social skills more quickly than others. This is completely natural and, with the right environment of support and encouragement, each child will learn these important skills. Teachers play a vital role here by:

  • Creating opportunities for interaction – Through fun outings, group and one-on-one activities. Even for children who find socialising easy, it’s important to practice these skills in different situations and with lots of different children.
  • Helping children to communicate effectively – Often, children find it easier to express themselves physically if they are finding themselves frustrated or unhappy. Teachers play a strong role in recognising challenging situations and helping children to instead express in words how they feel, ask for what they need and do so in a calm and positive manner.
  • Learning all about manners: While parents have an important role to play in helping kids learn about manners, teachers can support this by expanding this to different interactions with adults, unfamiliar people and peers. Learning to say “Hello” and “Goodbye”, taking turns, sharing toys and develop cooperative skills are all valuable parts of the play school experience.

Fun, learning and laughter at our playschool near Hurlingham 

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, educational day care and crèche environment near Hurlingham for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care and holistic educational curriculum ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world in a safe and caring environment. To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our playschool, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Five fun family-friendly getaways for the Christmas holidays!
Five fun family-friendly getaways for the Christmas holidays!

The festive season is almost here and it’s time to plan your getaway! Travelling with kids needn’t be a challenge and when you visit a family-friendly resort, parents get a chance to sit back and relax while children are having fun. Here are some of the top family resorts in South Africa from our nursery school in Sandton:

  1. Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa: This Port St Johns resort is the top-rated family getaway according to TripAdvisor and it’s not difficult to see why. With a great beach, river and pool all in one spot, there’s plenty to keep you and the kids cool and relaxed. The beautiful scenery, spa and luxury accommodation is the ideal treat to enjoy while kids are kept entertained with a fun holiday programme.
  2. Dolphin Holiday Resort: Located in Ballito, this camping resort is family-run and relaxed. With a games room, plenty of outdoor activities and close enough to Ballito to enjoy all the festivities, this is a great break for kids and adults alike.
  3. Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort: Emerge yourself in the peace and quiet of nature at this beautiful resort! Hiking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking and swimming are all on offer and there’s even babysitting facilities for parents with younger children.
  4. Riverside Sun Resort: If you don’t want to travel long distances with your children, the Vaal river is the perfect holiday spot for this time of year. This resort has lots of kid’s entertainment activities as well as a pool and great restaurants – and it’s just 40 minutes away from Johannesburg.
  5. Warmbaths: Also just a short drive from Johannesburg, this Bela Bela Forever Resort is a longstanding favourite for families around South Africa. With pools, tube rides and waterslides, your kids will be entertained for hours – while you relax and enjoy top spa treatments and the beautiful bushveld setting. With a hotel, self-catering accommodation and camping, you’ll be sure to have a great time without going out of budget.

Give your child the best start in life with our nursery school in Sandton, Johannesburg

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, loving day care and nursery school environment in Sandton for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world while giving you complete peace of mind. To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our nursery school, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Tips for dressing your child for day care
Tips for dressing your child for day care

Day care is a great environment for your child to learn and grow, so it’s important that they are clothed comfortably and appropriately for their time there. Here are some practical tips from our day care near Parkmore.

  • Temperature: Children should not be over or underdressed for day care, especially when they are very young, as they can overheat or get cold very easily. Natural fibres are often cooler than synthetic ones, and layering clothes in winter will help keep your child comfortable as the day heats up and cools.
  • Spare change of clothes: Children can often go through more than one set of clothes a day, especially if they are in day care over mealtimes. One or two spare sets of clothing should be packed for each day that is weather-appropriate.
  • Sun protection: If your child is going to be spending any time outdoors, it’s important that parents have applied child-safe sunscreen. Be sure to put the sunscreen in your child’s bag for any necessary re-applications.
  • Movement: Many day care activities involve fun activities and playtime in which your child develops their movement-related milestones, so it’s important that they can move easily and comfortably in their outfit. Older toddlers will be running, climbing and jumping, so clothing and footwear needs to be tough enough to withstand a busy day. When in doubt, keep outfits as simple and straightforward as possible.
  • Special clothing: As children grow up, they often want to wear or bring in special clothing to day care – whether it’s a pink tutu, a cowboy hat or a new dress. While it’s wonderful to see your child express themselves through their clothing, it’s important to also protect these items from getting damaged during the course of the day. An apron is a great addition to protect a favourite dress, for example!

Love, cuddles and learning at our day care near Parkmore’s 

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer your child a safe, fun environment that helps to boost brain development, social skills and much more. Our dedicated staff members provide constant, loving support and guidance to each child from 18 months old to 4 years old, helping him or her to develop their strengths and interests.

For more information on our play school and day care, nursery school or professional child care services near Parkmore, or to visit us, please contact us today. We look forward to meeting you and having your child join our family!

The best Halloween costumes for kids!
The best Halloween costumes for kids!

Halloween is a chance for parents and kids to get creative and have some fun – and this means coming up with a fantastic costume idea! Here are some inspiring ideas for you from our playschool near Craighall.

  • Little old lady/man: Is your baby just learning to walk but still needing some support? Dressing your child up as a little old man or lady is the perfect outfit! You can adapt a stroller to give them something to hold onto and push (their Zimmer frame) while a simple grey wig, spectacles and some mini-age appropriate clothes will finish this cute and clever look.
  • Build your own superheroes: Does your child want to be a superhero when he or she grows up? While costume shops will have plenty of options, why not help them invent their own? This is a great way to encourage their imagination, so invent their super powers, uniform and more together for a fun and memorable look.
  • Zombie children: If you and your kids love to get messy and indulge in the spooky spirit of Halloween, zombies are the best way to go! Find some of your child’s old clothing and distress it out a bit to make it look the part. You can also make some edible fake blood at home using golden syrup and red food colouring. A great finishing touch is a manikin hand that your child can bring along with them for extra effect! This is great for older kids, as long as they’re comfortable with such a spooky look.
  • When I grow up: There’s nothing cuter than a little child all dressed up for their career! Your choices are endless, from doctors and scientists to adventurers and sports stars, so you can really get creative with this one.

Visit our fun, secure and learning-orientated play school near Craighall 

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, educational play school and day care environment near Craighall for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care centre ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world while giving you complete peace of mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.