Vocabulary development: boosting with books

Language Development: Boosting with Books

Experts recommend reading to babies right from birth.  Reading assists in language and concentration development. Simple poems and nursery rhymes can act as ‘stories’ for even the tiniest babies.  Enjoying books together from a young age is probably one of the most important thing you can do to help your child become a reader. Infants can have fun with books long before they know any words. They … Continue reading Language Development: Boosting with Books

Introducing ‘Brands Africa’

As you know, at ChildCareSA, we are big on quality over quantity. We believe in maintaining the highest standards through our vetting processes. We are passionate about child safety standards and have been instrumental fore runners in bringing South Africa’s professional private childcare requirements up to par with international standards. In keeping with this spirit, it’s our absolute pleasure to introduce to you Brands Africa. … Continue reading Introducing ‘Brands Africa’

Vocabulary development: boosting with books

Language Development: Expanding Vocabulary

There are several resources available on a daily basis which can be used to swiftly expand a toddler’s vocabulary and encourage a more talkative child. Reminisce Looking at photos together is a great way to help toddlers learn the names of friends and family. If they can’t say a name yet, see if they can point to the people you name. With older children you can use … Continue reading Language Development: Expanding Vocabulary

Interview Tip #7: Check those References

Always check references with both the reference, and the candidate. Ask the candidate about each previous employer and the children she cared for.  “Describe your last three employers, tell me what you liked and disliked about each?”  or “Tell me about the children you cared for in your last job, I would like to know your opinion on each child individually.” See how comfortable you are … Continue reading Interview Tip #7: Check those References

Interview Tip #6: Personality Always Wins

Many parents make the mistake of thinking that qualifications and experience can make up for a personality issue. Do not make this mistake. It is of the utmost importance that the candidate you choose be friendly, cheerful, genuine and sympathetic. While anyone can obtain a qualification or have years of experience, having the right personality cannot be learned or brought. If you really like a … Continue reading Interview Tip #6: Personality Always Wins

Interview Tip #5: Talk Less, Listen More

One of the most common mistakes parents make in an interview  is doing the bulk of the talking. The purpose of the interview is to get to know as much as possible about the candidates so that you can make an informed decision about which of them to choose. Let the candidate do the talking. Structure your questions to inspire  longer answers from the candidates. Keep … Continue reading Interview Tip #5: Talk Less, Listen More

First Aid Basics: How to Treat Burns

A burn is one of the most serious and yet most common preventable accidents in today’s society. Of all the burn victims, 75% are young children. It is the second most common cause of death for children under three, and when you understand this, you understand just how important it is to teach children about dangerous areas of the home and to limit access to … Continue reading First Aid Basics: How to Treat Burns