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Reasons why your child can’t afford to miss out on play school in 2018
Reasons why your child can’t afford to miss out on play school in 2018

When we think of play school, many people focus on the idea that they’re a safe place for their child while parents are at work. While this is part of play school, the reality is that there’s so much more to it! Here are some insights into how play school benefits your child.

  • Socialisation: Social skills are a necessary part of daily life, and it’s essential for children to learn these skills at a young age. At play schools and day care centres, your little one will learn how to share toys, how to make friends, and interact respectfully with peers and adults. These social skills will serve your child well in later life, helping him or her to build strong, healthy relationships!
  • Exploring the world: For your child, home is their comfort zone – but learning to do new things in a new environment is a necessary step to growth and development. Starting off with a safe, fun environment like play school teaches your child a sense of confidence and capability as they learn to explore new skills, new places and new relationships. This will set a strong foundation for a healthy sense of self-confidence through their lifetime.
  • An academic boost: Play schools are not about teaching your child an academic curriculum, but they are about helping your child develop skills that they will need later in school. By having different set activities with different rules through the day, children learn how to manage a structured environment, and each activity helps support certain skills – for example, story time supports concentration and language skills, while drawing supports motor skills development. This makes it easier for your child to progress into more advanced academic environments.
  • Supports learning from parents: As parents, you’re your child’s most important role model, but it is a lot of work to handle! Play school helps support the lessons and development that parents teach at home, from potty training and self-feeding skills to manners and communication skills. This helps give children positive feedback from a variety of role models and makes learning easier.

Doodlebugs Play School near Hurlingham– Where learning is all about having fun!

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, educational day care centre and play school near Hurlingham for your baby and toddler 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 nursery school, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Where to find the best day care for your baby in 2018!
Where to find the best day care for your baby in 2018!

Choosing a day care is one of the first and most important decisions you can make for your child, and the right day care or crèche will play a critical role in helping your child reach those developmental milestones. Here are some tips for finding the perfect fit for you and your little one.

  • Helpful, experienced staff: The day care’s team will oversee your child’s wellbeing while you’re away, so it’s important that they have the training and experience to keep your child happy, healthy and developing well. This includes educational and early childhood development training as well as first aid and child care training.
  • A good atmosphere: The best childcare centres have an open-door policy with parents, making you feel welcome from the start. You should be able to view the centre on open days as well as by making a private booking, and be able to speak to everyone who would be involved in your child’s care. They should also have good lines of communication with parents, keeping you updated about what’s happening in your child’s development and at the centre itself.
  • A holistic curriculum: An incredible amount of learning happens in the first few years of a child’s life, and the right day care will have a curriculum in place that supports this development. It should include age-appropriate activities that focus on learning through fun, and staff should track your child’s development throughout to support different strengths and weaknesses.
  • A convenient location: Day care will become part of your daily routine, so it needs to work with your day-to-day activities. It should have a central location that is close to the route you take to and from work, offer holiday care, and be open for drop off and collection at convenient times.

Health, happiness and learning at our day care in Sandton!

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, loving day care in Sandton for your baby from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, affectionate staff, our professional child and day care centre 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 crèche and play school, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Fun Christmas projects for you and your child!
Fun Christmas projects for you and your child!

Crafting over Christmas is a great boredom-buster that keeps little hands busy, celebrates a wonderful time of year, and even helps develop those essential early development skills! Here are some easy crafts that will help your little one have fun and hit those milestones, from our team at our nursery school near Craighall.

  • Family Christmas cards: Handmade cards are the best cards, so why not make these a family crafting project. Gather glue, wrapping paper scraps, glitter, buttons, ribbon and colour markers together in festive colours and let your kids go wild decorating cut-out cards for family and friends.
  • Santa’s plate: If you like leaving milk and cookies out for Father Christmas, then why not do it on a special plate? Pop into your local store for a plain white plate and visit your craft store for ceramic paints and get as creative as you like. If you want, you can substitute it with a paper plate and non-toxic paints.
  • Make your own gift wrap: All you have to do for this simple project is get as many meters of plain brown or white paper (the type you see in big rolls in craft stores) as you need and then set up your decorating station. One great idea is to make potato stamps in festive shapes (like Christmas trees or stars) and either buy some non-toxic paint or make your own.
  • Christmas cookies: A lovely handmade gift, this is a tasty festive treat! Using any cookie recipe you like (ginger, vanilla and plain sugar cookies work well), make your dough and cut out various festive shapes, and bake until ready. Your little one can help decorate them with coloured icing and any pretty festive toppings you like!
  • A Christmas wreath: Take a paper plate and cut out the centre, leaving the outer circular edge intact. Then it’s time for your toddler to decorate! Non-toxic paints, ribbon, glitter, buttons and cut-outs of snowflakes holly leaves and presents are all great – and cheap – decorations that will bring your wreath to life. You can hang a single wreath over your door, or connect a few of different sizes together with ribbon for a bigger impact.

Fun, friends and learning with our nursery school near Craighall

At Doodlebugs Play School near Craighall, we know that this is a critical time of learning and development for your little one. 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 crèche and professional child-care 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 day care centre, please contact us today. We look forward to meeting you and having your child join our family!

How to teach your child all about self-control
How to teach your child all about self-control

One of the important parts of early childhood development is learning self-control. Children are impulsive by nature, but life is all about taking those impulsive urges and channelling them into the self-discipline they need to become productive, balanced and happy individuals. Self-control isn’t about willpower or even restraining their lively spirits – it’s about teaching them the tools they need to make situations work to their advantage, to help them reach their goals. Here are some tips for teaching your child how to properly exercise self-control, from our nursery school in Sandton.

  • Age-appropriate learning: Brain development determines when your child has the ability to start learning to control their impulses. The part of the brain responsible for these behaviours, the prefrontal cortex, develops slowly from 6 months old and only reaches maturity in your child’s mid-20s. This means that you can only expect to start teaching self-control through the toddler stages, and that a lot of patience is needed to stimulate these neural pathways and develop these skills.
  • Develop trust: Young children start developing their self-control when they can trust that it will be rewarded. For example, asking your little one to sit on a chair and wait while you fetch the food they want is rewarded when you hold up your side of the bargain – bringing the food. Trust like this soothes anxiety and impatience, allowing your child to develop the skills to wait patiently because they know that this is how they will get what they want, and each time it happens, this behaviour is reinforced.
  • Being a role model: Parents are the primary role models for kids, so we have to keep a close eye on our own behaviours to ensure that our kids are learning good skills from us. For example, when we react angrily or personally to challenging behaviour, we are teaching them that this is the right way to react. It takes a lot of effort, especially when it’s been a rough day, but taking a deep breath and regulating your own emotional responses will pay off in the long-term, as your child will start to copy your self-control.
  • Repetition: This is the primary way that children learn, and it applies just as much to learning self-control as it does to learning to clap hands, sing a song or speak. Every time the skills are repeated and copied by your child, it strengthens the neural pathways in their brain responsible for learning in this area – and the more often you do it, the stronger and more resilient they get.

Age-appropriate, holistic learning at our nursery school in Sandton

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, loving play school in Sandton for your baby from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, affectionate staff, our professional child and day care centre 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.

A new mom’s guide to tummy time
A new mom’s guide to tummy time

If you’ve just had your first child, you’ve probably seen a lot of references to “tummy time” but you may not have had a chance to find out what it’s all about and why it’s so important for your baby’s growth and development. Here’s a quick guide from our crèche in Sandton.

What is tummy time?

This is time that your baby should spend on his or her tummy while awake and supervised. Place a blanket or mat on a firm, flat surface like the floor or on your stomach, chest or lap. Then encourage your child to try lift their head and shoulders up. Favourite toys are very useful for giving them something to focus on, and many parents have lots of success when lying down with their babies and encouraging them to copy your actions.

Why is tummy time important?

Babies spend lots of time on their backs, especially when sleeping, so it’s important to change this position to help strengthen neck, back and shoulder muscles. This also helps your child reach important milestones such as sitting, crawling and walking, as well as helping to develop various motor skills. The tummy time position is the starting point from which your child will learn to roll over and support themselves on their arms.

When is the right time to start tummy time?

Tummy time can start as soon as your little one arrives home as long as they are healthy and were born at full term. It’s important to only play in this position when your baby is alert and awake, and to make sure that he or she is on a smooth, flat surface to ensure breathing isn’t obstructed or uncomfortable. Start with short sessions of only a couple of minutes and work up to longer sessions as your baby gets stronger. By 3-4 months, you should be able to do around 20-30 minutes of tummy time.

Find a crèche in Sandton that supports your baby’s growth and development

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, loving play school in Sandton for your baby from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, affectionate staff, our professional child and day care centre 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.

Start swimming lessons early this spring
Start swimming lessons early this spring

If there’s one thing that almost every baby and toddler loves, it’s water! Swimming lessons are a vital way of teaching your child how to stay safe and have fun in water, so why not start this spring?

Swimming lessons for babies

At 6 months, you and your child can start swimming lessons – but at this stage these are more for fun and bonding rather than learning the necessary skills. Supervised classes are held at swimming schools and gyms, and it’s a great way to teach your child to become comfortable around water and other little ones. Your child won’t be able to master useful swimming skills until around age 3-4, so it’s important to stay very close to your child at all times around and in the pool. Instructors will have lots of great tips on how to use these lessons to help your baby’s development, how to safely play with a baby in a pool, and fun games to play.

When to start formal swimming lessons

Little kids love swimming pools, and they’ll be exposed to them through school, at home and at their friend’s houses, so it’s important to get them comfortable and confident in water to maximise safety as well as enjoyment. By 3 or 4 years old, your little one will have the strength, motor control, discipline and ability to follow instructions to start proper swimming lessons. These should be done at certified swimming schools or with certified swimming instructors where children are fully supervised at all times.

Learning to swim has so many benefits! From learning a healthy form of exercise and fun, to making a safe step to all sorts of water-based activities like playing at the seaside, fishing, canoeing, diving, kayaking and surfing!

Give your child the best start in life with our nursery school near Hurlingham

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, educational day care centre and play school near Hurlingham for your baby and toddler 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.

When is the right time to start looking for a crèche?
When is the right time to start looking for a crèche?

Choosing a crèche is a big decision and top crèches are in high demand, so it’s no surprise that many new parents feel stressed about finding the right professional child care centre for their little one. Here is some helpful advice from our crèche near Parkmore.

  • Start early: If you are going to be a working mom and need your child to go to crèche as soon as your maternity leave is finished, start looking as soon as possible. Three months before your baby is due is a good guideline – not only does it mean that you can look around without having to manage your baby at the same time, it also means that there’s one less thing to worry about!
  • Get on the waiting list: Many desirable crèche’s offer waiting lists for parents to ensure a spot is booked for their little one. Space is limited in order to ensure that each baby gets lots of attention and love from trained caregivers, so be sure to confirm that you are on the waiting list, the deposit is paid (if needed) and that your details are correct in their system.
  • Don’t feel rushed: Starting your search for a day care early is a good way to ensure that you get into one that suits you and your baby. You can take the time to look around, evaluate the different options and even do a dry run to see if it works with the location of you and your partner’s work and home to make sure things go smoothly in the mornings.
  • Do lots of research: Speak to family and friends about the day care centres they go to, visit crèche’s in your area to see how they operate, and go to open days so that you can meet other parents and find out what the facility offers. Be sure to talk to them about the daily routine your child will have at the crèche, their hours and when/if they close during the holidays.

Our crèche offers your baby a loving learning environment

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, loving day care centre and crèche near Parkmore 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 play school, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Planning the perfect birthday party for your preschooler
Planning the perfect birthday party for your preschooler

Birthday parties are a great opportunity for bringing family and friends together to celebrate your little one! Planning one, however, can be stressful for parents – but it doesn’t have to be. Read these helpful tips from our play school near Hurlingham.

  • Choose a theme: A theme might sound like a lot of work, but it can be very helpful, as it limits the activities for the party. It’s best to look through the shops first and then give your little one a choice between themes that you think they’d like. Not only does this make them excited and involved in the event, it also means that you know there are goodies and decor available for that theme.
  • Write up a guest list: While some parents want to invite the whole class of kids, their parents, as well as other friends and family, others prefer a smaller and more intimate event. It’s also important to think about what suits your child – introverted children often enjoy the company of a few close friends, while extroverts thrive in big groups.
  • Venue: If your home isn’t suitable for a birthday party, or you’d like to have more space for activities, take a look at venues in your area. Parks, child-friendly restaurants, fire stations, child-friendly museums and countryside venues offer great spaces for children to play and explore – and you often don’t have to clean up after!
  • Food: This depends on who is coming to the party and how long you want the event to last. Shorter birthday parties can get away with cake, ice cream and a few savoury snacks, while longer parties are going to need more catering. Choose foods that are easy to eat as snacks on the go rather than sit down meals, or make it part of the event, like a design-your-own pizza party, where adults and kids can get creative.
  • Ask for help: Party planning can be a lot of work, even for the most organised parents, so don’t try and do everything yourself. Ask friends and family for help and let them pick jobs that suit them. Granny might want to bake the cake, a friend might have the perfect garden to host the event, and other guests might want to help bring food, set up or clear up after. Everyone is usually happy to chip in a little, especially if you’re there to volunteer to help at their events!

Expert early education in a loving environment at our playschool near Hurlingham

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, educational day care centre and play school 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.

How do you know which crèche is right for your baby?
How do you know which crèche is right for your baby?

Choosing a crèche for your little one means doing a fair amount of research and legwork as a parent – after all, you want a place that is going to give you piece of mind as well as put your baby’s health and development first. Here are some tips from our crèche in Sandton to help you make this important choice.

The crèche has to be a practical choice for you

A good location close to your home or workplace, or your partner’s workplace, is essential. Easy travel means less impact on your daily commute as well as on your baby’s routine. While you may like crèche’s that are further away, this could quickly become an issue if dropping off your little one means significantly more time in traffic. If you’re unsure, try do a rehearsal run on a typical workday and see how it affects you.

Also, be sure to find out if their hours suit you and if they run a crèche programme during the holidays, so you know what to expect through the year ahead.

What happens in a typical day?

It’s important for parents to be comfortable with how your little one’s day will be structured at the crèche. Is the environment safe as well as stimulating? What happened during play, feeding and nap times? What kind of age-specific learning stimulus do they provide? Are there enough qualified caregivers per child? What are their policies about communicating with parents?

Here, an on-site visit is always recommended, as it allows you to ask staff members about how the crèche is run, how your baby will be cared for and what is required of parents. Don’t feel pressured to make your mind up on the spot. Rather, go and visit a few different centres in your area and see how they each measure up. Keep in mind, however, that space is often limited in the best child care centres, so don’t delay too long if you find one that meets all your needs.

Fun, games and learning at our play school in Sandton, Johannesburg

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, loving crèche and play school environment in Sandton for your baby 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.

How to prevent tantrums
How to prevent tantrums

Tantrums are exhausting, frustrating and often embarrassing for parents to deal with, as well as being upsetting for your child. Fortunately, there are certain techniques recommended by child behaviourists and specialists that can help reduce and even stop tantrums altogether. Here are some tips from our day care near Hurlingham.

  • Stop it before it starts: Despite how they may seem, tantrums have more to do with emotional frustration than an issue that requires discipline, like the yelling and aggression that comes with it. Children have to learn how to manage and express their emotions properly, and tantrums can easily be brought on by tiredness, hunger, boredom or overstimulation. When you know what your child’s trigger is, you can stop the behaviour and head it off while it’s still in its early stages, before it becomes a full-blown tantrum.
  • Choices not commands: It’s easy for parents and caregivers to fall into a pattern of commanding children to do certain tasks, especially when you’ve had a long day. Giving your child a choice of options, however, that suit you as a parent can be a great tool for preventing tantrums because it helps your child feel more in control of their own behaviour and prevents frustration. Stick to two options to avoid overwhelming your child with decisions, for example, “What would you like to do, brush your teeth or have a bath?”. After they choose which option they will do first, say, “Super! We will do (Option 1) first and then (Option 2)”.
  • Ease into different activities: If your child is playing and racing about and you suddenly tell them that it’s time for a bath and bed, the chances are that they’re going to have trouble adjusting immediately to this new task ahead of them – and that can turn into a tantrum. Rather, ease them into it by mentioning that in a bit, it will be bath and bed time, then try and engage them with more calming play. Several gentle warnings may be needed, and a reward can be used too – for example, letting them choose which book they would like a bedtime story from.

A loving learning environment at our day care 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.