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Helping your play schooler develop good sleeping habits
Helping your play schooler develop good sleeping habits

Healthy sleeping patterns are important at any age, but they’re even more important for pre-schoolers. Not only does their lack of sleep affect parents, it also makes learning and skills development more difficult for your little one. Here are some tips from our play school near Parkmore for overcoming these challenges.

How much sleep does your pre-schooler need?

Between the ages of 2 and 4, your child should be getting between 10 and 14 hours of sleep a day. This can include a nap in the afternoon, but as your child gets older they may not feel the need for one. Generally, children in this age group will go to sleep between 7:30 and 9, and wake up between 6:30 and 8.

How to support good sleeping habits

Sleeping patterns can change due to growth spurts and stress, leading to restlessness, nightmares or frequently waking up. Here are some tips to help you and your child get some much-needed rest:

  • Consistent bed time: Choose a bed time and stick to it. This will help set your child’s internal clock and make it easier for your child to fall asleep quickly, as well as prevent overtiredness.
  • Make a bedtime routine: Repeating a nightly routine helps settle your child into the mind-set needed for restful sleep. Try to include 3 or 4 soothing activities at least an hour before bed time to calm your child down for the night. This can include a bath, changing into pyjamas, reading a story, cuddling, singing a lullaby or other quiet activities. Making it the same every night means that your child can anticipate what is happening, which helps make falling asleep easier.
  • Calm and quiet: An emphasis on calm, quiet and soothing activities can be helped with a few sensory items that reinforce the bedtime ritual. The smell of lavender, a special night light that softly lights the room or a specific snuggle blanket for story time all help support your bedtime ritual.

Learning through fun and friends at our playschool near Parkmore

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.

Easy ways to help your child learn to count
Easy ways to help your child learn to count

For toddlers, the world is their classroom and curiosity is the key to learning. You can encourage your child’s early numeracy skills by helping to teach them to count through fun activities that stimulate the brain and entertain. Here are some tips from our child care centre near Parkmore.

  • Make it part of the conversation: For example, if your child is helping you bake or decorate cookies, show them how to count out one for each person in the family. You can also ask them to show you how to make sure everyone has the same amount of snacks or help count out the cutlery while you set the table.
  • Use your hands: Visual cues are the best way to start off learning about numbers, and counting out fingers is a great tool for helping your child learn these essential skills. It helps them track each number in their mind as well as assisting with very basic addition and subtraction.
  • Incorporate it into other activities: Numbers by themselves may not be very enticing to your child, but you can incorporate basic numeracy and math into games they love to play. If your child loves cars and trucks, number them with fun stickers and create matching “car garages” out of old shoe boxes. Old telephones with number pads are also fun to play with, and your child can help call for pizza or phone granny using number that she remembers and can write down in a phone book.
  • Make it relate to them: Numbers are more easily understood by children when they relate to them. Age and even height are great topics, so ask your child how old he was last year and how old he will be this year to get them thinking about numbers.

A safe, fun child care centre 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.

Fun books to read with your child
Fun books to read with your child

Reading is a wonderful activity for encouraging language development and bonding with your child. If you enjoy ending your child’s day with a bedtime story and inspiring in them a love of reading, here are some great recommendations from our play school near Craighall.

  1. Giraffes Can’t Dance – by Giles Andreae: This book teaches children all about accepting differences in each other and in themselves, and trying to fit in. It shows them through a delightful story that they will always find a place to belong in the world.
  2. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why – by Amy Shields: From around 2 years old, every child’s favourite word is “why?” and they’re just bursting with curiosity about the world around them. This book answer simple questions in easy to understand terms that young children will understand. Filled with great pictures, this book is pure, fun-filled learning.
  3. The Monster at the end of this Book – by Jon Stone: Fun to read with a fantastic punchline at the end, this book is a great experience for kids as well as adults who grew up with the Muppets!
  4. I Lost My Tooth in Africa – by Penda Diakite and Baba Wague Diakite: This is a lovely story about a little girl who loses her tooth in Mali while on holiday and the surprising thing the tooth fairy brings her! This is great for young children of 3 and above.
  5. ChickaChicka Boom Boom – by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault: With great rhymes and funny jokes, this book is all about learning the alphabet. Perfect for toddlers who want to sing along, this book makes early childhood development fun.

These are just some of the wonderful books out there for toddlers and young children, so be sure to check out your local book stores and second hand book stores for more great bedtime story choices.

Our play school 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 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.

Valentine’s Day crafting ideas for families
Valentine’s Day crafting ideas for families

Valentine’s Day is coming up and while this holiday is traditionally for couples, there’s really no reason why it can’t be fun for the whole family! Here are some easy, affordable and fun ways to get crafty with your kids, from our play school in Sandton.

  1. Cards: There’s no need to spend lots of money on fancy Valentine’s Day cards when you have kids! Not only is this a great activity that will help children get creative and keep them occupied for hours, it also results in some lovely memories and heartfelt wishes. With just some paper, pens, crayons, glitter, glue, felt and a few old magazines, your children will be able to create the most beautiful and personalised cards.
  2. Bunting hearts: Want to decorate your home for a family Valentine’s day event? Bunting is the perfect way to go – it’s easy to make, affordable and ideal for children of any age. First, cut heart shapes out of felt, coloured or plain card paper. Then let your children loose and join in on the decorating. Scraps of material, glitter, ribbon, stickers and pretty buttons are all great options. Once the hearts are done, line them up on a length of ribbon or coloured wool and glue in place. These will look beautiful over doorways and across walls.
  3. Cookies: If you and your kids have a bit of a sweet tooth, cookies are a delicious Valentine’s Day treat. Use a simple vanilla sugar cookie recipe and cut out the dough into heart shapes. Once the cookies have baked and cooled, they’re ready to be decorated. Sugar cookie icing is easy to make and can be dyed with natural food colouring to shades of red, pink and purple. Baking stores have loads of decorations too, like butterflies, little sugar hearts, edible glitter and coloured balls, so your kids can really get stuck in!

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

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, loving day care and play 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.

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.