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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.

Playschool is the perfect environment to learn tolerance, manners and teamwork!
Playschool is the perfect environment to learn tolerance, manners and teamwork!

Nursery schools, like Doodlebugs, place an emphasis on holistic learning, combining play with education and encouraging children to socialise with one another. Our little ones spend a lot of time at playschool. It is obvious that this is a place where they will begin to expand on their social skills and learn important lessons about tolerance, manners and teamwork.

 

At playschool, children spend the vast majority of their time interacting with their teachers and, most importantly, their peers. It is this interaction which makes it possible for them to develop their social skills and grow into happy, healthy, friendly and well-mannered little human beings. They learn:

 

  • What it means to share;
  • What it means to ask for permission if they want to play with one of their friend’s toys;
  • How to express their feelings when they have been wronged, as opposed to throwing a tantrum;
  • How to work together in order to achieve a goal.

 

These life lessons and skills are essential if our children are to enter ‘big school’ and reach their full potential.

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.

How to start the search for the perfect playschool
How to start the search for the perfect playschool

Trying to find the perfect playschool in Hurlingham, Johannesburg, can be stressful. If you are just starting to search for a great place to send your child, then here are a few tips to point you in the right direction:

 

  • Ask about their parenting philosophies and policies

Is the television at the playschool on all day or only available during certain times? Do they scold children or give them a time out when they misbehave? Do they allow them to take naps throughout the day and are these naps supervised or not? These questions will give you a better understanding of their parenting philosophies.

 

  • Pop in unannounced

The only way to know what you’re getting is to find out what happens at the play centre when parents are at work. It might be disruptive if you drop by unannounced, but there should be a receptionist or a teacher available to show you the facilities if you explain that you are interested in sending your child to the crèche. Look at the cleanliness of the environment, the safety features, age-appropriateness of the toys and facilities and the type of facilities they have for the children to use.

 

  • Communication and problem-solving

The crèche that you choose should have an open-door policy and give you periodic feedback about your child. If your youngster doesn’t talk yet, then you will be relying solely on the feedback they give you, so make sure they are open to input and communication with parents and that you can rely on them to be proactive if any challenges arise.

 

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.

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.

Is your child ready for play school?
Is your child ready for play school?

Sending your child to play school is a big step for parents and kids alike! Having a fun, secure learning environment is key to helping your child achieve their developmental milestones and build the brightest future, but it’s important that they only move into this environment when they are ready. Here are some tips from childcare specialists.

What your child is learning in play school?
What your child is learning in play school?

The first years of your child’s life are filled with incredible growth and development. Not only does your child learn to walk and talk, they also experience massive brain growth that – if they are stimulated correctly – sets the stage for future academic growth. Play school plays an important role in providing this essential stimulation, but what will your child actually learn during their time here?