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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.

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.

Healthy Halloween treats your kids will love
Healthy Halloween treats your kids will love

If you want your children to enjoy the fun of Halloween while avoiding the sugar rush, then these healthy but tasty treats researched by our nursery school near Hurlingham are the perfect choice!

  • Honey popcorn balls: Easy to make at home, these baked treats can be portioned out correctly to provide just enough natural sweetness to make them a real favourite. To give them a spooky twist, you can pretend they’re monster brains!
  • Popcorn bags: There are few snacks as delicious – and healthy as a bag of freshly popped popcorn. Rich in fibre and affordable to make, the neighbourhood kids will love them! Portion your popcorn out into individual brown paper bags decorated with a spooky ghost or monster for a Halloween touch.
  • Stickers: There’s nothing kids love more than collecting treasures, so giving out spooky, fun and pretty stickers is a great non-food treat to have on hand.
  • Baked pretzels: Some kids love savoury treats as much as sweet ones, so baked pretzels offer a healthy, salty treat alternative to sweets and chocolate.
  • Spooky pizza: Simply make or buy plain pizza bases and spread on your tomato base. Using strips of cheese, outline a spider’s web being careful to leave big enough gaps that the melted cheese doesn’t run too much. Bake and enjoy!
  • Dark chocolate: If you simply must have something sweet, choose dark chocolate rather than milk or white chocolate, as these are healthier and contain far less sugar.

Professional, loving day care for your child at our nursery school near Hurlingham

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

3 fun craft activities for you and your child
3 fun craft activities for you and your child

Whether it’s the weekend, school holidays or just a quiet afternoon, craft activities can be a great boredom-busting and bonding session for you and your kids! Here are some ideas from our nursery school near Hurlingham.

  1. Baking: Making gingerbread people, decorating cookies and cupcakes or making coconut ice is a crafting activity that’s fun and delicious as well as teaching your child a few useful life skills in the kitchen. It’s best to set up a table filled with icing and decorations to keep your kids busy while you manage the hot oven, but try get them involved in as many stages as you can – from fetching ingredients and helping to stir the bowl to licking off the spoon, of course!
  2. A work of art: This combines two of every toddler’s favourite things – bright colours and making a mess! Get a big roll of butcher’s paper and put it on the ground. Mix up edible paints using plain yogurt and food colouring, and let them run wild. Encourage them to try different colours and shapes to bring in some creativity. You can also put the paint in a squeeze bottle for easier use.
  3. Potato stamps: If you’re feeling creative, potato stamps are a cheap and fun way to help your kids express their creative side. They’re easy to make and you can make all sorts of fun shapes like hearts, stars, fish, leaves and smiley faces. Separate paints into different colours in separate trays (a good use for polystyrene trays) and lay out sheets of paper – then let the stamping begin!

Playtime meets learning at our safe, fully supervised nursery school near Hurlingham 

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