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Four tips for finding the best crèche
Four tips for finding the best crèche

Looking for a crèche in Parkmore, Johannesburg? There are many play schools and day care centres in this area, however, seeing as this is an important decision, it’s a good idea to put in a lot of time and effort to find a good facility for your child. Here are a few tips:

 

  1. Get talking

Ask other moms where they are sending their children and why. Do some online research

and find out what parents say about the crèche options in your area.

 

  1. Decide which features are important

Parents will have different needs regarding the child care options that they choose. For some, proximity will play a major role and for others, extended operating hours will be a key deciding factor. Besides the obvious logistical issues that will narrow your options, also consider things like affordability, the type of training the teachers have, whether your child needs special care, the teacher to child ratios at the crèche, the qualifications of the caretakers and how safe and healthy the environment looks when you go and visit the daycare centre.

 

  1. Learning and development priorities

A crèche isn’t simply a place where you leave your child when you go to work, it’s also a place where children learn crucial skills. Make sure that the crèche you choose has specific social development programs that they follow.

 

  1. Do a policy check

Check up on the play centre’s policies regarding television use, discipline, nap times and what happens if your child is sick. These policies will give you a good idea as to whether your parenting philosophies are aligned or not.

 

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.

Give your child all the benefits of proper early learning
Give your child all the benefits of proper early learning

Proper early learning, at daycare, playschool and crèche, promises to provide your little one with the coping skills, emotional intelligence and confidence necessary to make the most of their future educational experiences, especially when it comes time to start ‘big school’. Below, we take a look at some of the benefits of ensuring proper early learning for your very own little mini-me.

 

Socialisation

When children spend time with their peers starting at an early age, they quickly learn the importance of sharing, empathy and kindness, thus helping to mould them into more amiable, cooperative and thoughtful human beings.

 

Independence  

More often than not, the last thing that a parent wants to do is spend time away from their child. However, sending your little one to daycare from a relatively young age has been shown to assist kids in finding and embracing their independence – something that is sure to benefit them later in life as they grow.

 

A Solid Base

Most daycare establishments, like Doodlebugs, place an emphasis on combining play and learning. This holistic approach helps children to relate not only to one another, but also to their surroundings and, therefore, helps to create a solid knowledge base on which they can build once they start ‘big school’. It also gives them a healthy head-start and a beneficial confidence boost.

Ultimately, proper early learning is the secret to creating well-rounded little humans and solidifying an enthusiasm for education that is sure to stand them in good stead in the future!

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.

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!