The importance of Kid’s Play during Childhood Development

“Play is so integral to childhood that a child who does not have the opportunities to play is cut off from a major portion of childhood.” – Musselwhite

Technology and the world around us are rapidly evolving.

Our action packed lives leave us wanting more with less time for actual living.

We struggle to find time for our children, work, and social life, leaving us juggling all three at a barely manageable pace.

This pushes us to a point where we rely heavily on communication technology, information technology, and transportation technology to make our lives simpler, easier and more efficient.

We have begun to depend on innovations such as television, the internet, video games, iPads, and cell phones to keep our children busy when we cannot.

Due to these technologies rapidly improving on a daily basis, families have barely noticed the significantly negative impact and changes they actually have on their family structure and lifestyles.

According to a study by Childwise which was reported by the BCC children in 1995 spent on average 3.5 hours staring at screens, whereas now children spend on average over 7.5 hours staring at screens.

What is the impact of kid’s spending less time playing?

  • Research shows that between the ages of 3 and 12, a child’s body experiences it’s most important physical growth. Without physical activity and play children lose out on important developmental growth.
  • Childhood obesity is on the rise. In 2013, a study conducted by WHO found that 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese.
  • Kid’s play encourages role playing. Without it, children cannot naturally develop the skills necessary for adult life. This includes social competence, problem solving, creative thinking, and safety skills.
  • Children spend less time outdoors, leading to little or no appreciation for Mother Nature with less exercise and gross motor activities

Kid’s Play Workshop Cape Town

Our workshops are held to inspire nanny’s and child minders with ideas to keep little ones active, stimulated and on the go. These fun filled, hands on sessions teach a range of creative enjoyable activities for toddlers and young children up to the age of five.

We include favourites like musical bits and bobs, active play (both indoors and outdoors) as well as painting, cutting, sticking and fun in the garden and loads more.

These activities help develop gross and fine motor skills and stimulate intellectual growth.

Please contact us for more information on our kid’s play workshop for nannies.


The difference between Nannies, Au Pairs and Night Nurses

At some point or another, all parents need to put their little one/s in the helping hands of professional at-home childcare.

This is not because of your capabilities as a parent, but rather, because of the rigorous schedule of modern working life.

What kind of child-care is right for you?

Help comes in many forms, tailored to different needs for different parents. In this article, we will be explaining the difference between Nannies, Au Pairs and Night Nurses.

What is a Nanny?

A Nanny is an at-home caregiver who, ideally, should have completed a First Aid and Nanny Training Course.

Nannies watch over your child during the day, making sure they are bathed, fed, stimulated and safe.

In South Africa, it is normal for Nannies to couple both domestic cleaning and child minding as one service.

The ideal Nanny would have an understanding of early childhood development and provide a stimulating role in teaching your child. This is ideal for parents with young children who do not need academic help.


What is a Night Nurse?

Night Nurses will normally work a 12-hour night shift, making sure that your child is put to bed and tended to if they are crying or hungry. This is ideal for parents who need to get rest during the night hours.

It is recommended that Night Nurses should also have completed a First Aid and Nanny Training Course.


What is an Au Pair?

Au Pairs are usually range in age from 18 to 25 years old.

They are recent school-leavers and normally students in child care or education.

An Au-Pair will usually work for half a day, picking your child up from school and assisting with their academics.


Sugar & Spice Nanny Training Courses for Nannies and Au-Pairs

Sugar and Spice Nanny Training in Cape Town offers courses that equip your child’s caregiver with all of the above.

Our available courses include:

After completing our nanny training, your Nanny will receive two certificates, A Sugar & Spice Nanny Training Certificate as well as a First Aid Certificate.

Additionally, our 4-week part-time nanny course helps to build a great foundation for your nanny, equipping her with child safety and first-aid skills, knowledge of early childhood development and an understanding of child nutrition.

For more information about our training courses, please contact us.


The importance of routines for babies and toddlers – Nanny Training Cape Town

Everyday Stresses.

A child’s mind experiences brand new things every day. While exciting, this can also be stressful. As a parent, providing security through routine and familiarity can lessen this stress and boost your child’s self-confidence and overall early childhood development.

At a very young age, a gentle routine can be implemented. As the child approaches 5 weeks, a night-time routine can include a warm bath, feeding and soft lighting before putting the baby to sleep.

If your infant does not sleep or wakes up quickly afterwards, don’t worry, it’s normal and part of creating a routine. By feeding and dimming the lights you are allowing your baby’s sleeping patterns to develop.

How does routine benefit you child?

Routines enhance a child’s development.

By adhering to a routine, your child gains the understanding that there are structured rules to the world. This acts on child behaviour because they start to develop an understanding of concepts such as nap time or dinner time.

Every new parent wants to know how to get a baby to sleep. The answer: There is no way to normalise new-born baby sleep.

However, by starting early with a basic routine, you encourage your child to develop positive sleeping patterns. In time this will develop into normal sleeping habits.

Having a nanny or child carer who knows about implementing routine will help your child develop. It will provide structure at times when you are unable to be there yourself to provide it.

What happens next?

At 8 months old, a new stage of development begins where infants realise there are people, places and things beyond what they can see.

When children feel like their surroundings are safe and familiar, they are in a position where they feel comfortable to face the anxieties of their new experiences.

When your child starts preschool, experts say concrete structured routines such as set nap times and bedtimes, set lunch times and getting dressed for bed or school will benefit your child’s development. This is because routines help them feel independent and secure, they know what time it is now and what is coming soon after.

This is a very important stage for a routine to be implemented in terms of behaviour. Parents should work hand in hand with their nanny or child carer to provide a wholesome structured upbringing during this important stage in their child’s life.

Sugar & Spice Nanny Training Cape Town

Sugar & Spice Nanny Training in Cape Town offers an extensive nanny training course. Our nanny course includes a full section dedicated to teaching your nanny or child minder the importance of routine and how to correctly implement routine at different developmental stages.

Our course runs over a 4 week period – 3 hours, once a week.

Additionally, our course includes sections on First-Aid, Nutrition and Hygiene and Stimulation through massage, play and fun.

For more information or to book your spot in our nanny training course, please contact us.

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