The Disadvantages of Homeschooling and How to Deal with Them

Last week we explored the advantages of homeschooling, of course like with any educational system there are potential disadvantages. Today we explore these and how to combat them. Continue reading The Disadvantages of Homeschooling and How to Deal with Them

Interview Tips for Au Pairs: Clean up your Online Profiles

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last 10 years, chances are you have an online presence. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or one of the multitudes of platforms available these days for social media. It’s a great idea to check out your public social presence when you are in process of seeking a new role. I recommend using a device you don’t … Continue reading Interview Tips for Au Pairs: Clean up your Online Profiles

The Benefits of Homeschooling

Continuing from last week’s post introducing the exploration of homeschooling, this week let’s take a look at some of the benefits of homeschooling: When a child is homeschooling we have the opportunity to teach children that learning is not a chore, but exciting and fun. We can control what our children learn and when they learn it. While department requirements in terms of content covered … Continue reading The Benefits of Homeschooling

Interview Tips for Au pairs: Breathe and Relax

No matter what sort of job you are interviewing for, in any industry, its easy to stress out and become tense without even realizing its happening. Au pair interviews can be even more so. Parents are generally used to doing interviews. They are usually also quite nervous and a lot of the time don’t even know what to ask. At Sitters4U we provide clients with … Continue reading Interview Tips for Au pairs: Breathe and Relax

Let’s Explore Home Schooling

In South Africa’s current educational climate, with service delivery and comprehension standards rapidly dropping, it’s no wonder that parents across the country are reaching out for alternatives, let’s explore homeschooling. Continue reading Let’s Explore Home Schooling

Au Pairing: Is it for Everyone?

What Au pair Wannabe’s Should Know: Many young people go through a time in their lives where they are easily attracted to the life of being an au pair because from the outside it looks like easy money. “I’ll just be looking after a couple of kids. No problem!” But is this what au pairing really is about, or do we need to re-educate society … Continue reading Au Pairing: Is it for Everyone?

Interview Tips for Au pairs: How to Dress

So you have been selected for an interview for an au pair role but don’t know how to dress? Yes, we know its a little confusing. When interviewing for an au pair or nanny position it can be a little tougher to decide what to wear than interviewing for a corporate role. Being an au pair means being involved in the families life on a … Continue reading Interview Tips for Au pairs: How to Dress

Honor Student Seeks Au pair or Tutoring Role in Pretoria East or Randburg and Surrounds

A big, warm welcome to our team Stephanie. A 22 year old young lady who is going places and doing it with a smile and a heart filled with sunshine. We are lucky indeed to have this ball of energy working with us and can’t wait to see what the future brings. Her love for children is contagious and so is her personality. She has … Continue reading Honor Student Seeks Au pair or Tutoring Role in Pretoria East or Randburg and Surrounds

What to Ask a Babysitter

Last week we looked at the different options available to parents in sourcing a babysitter. Today we look at the aspects one should consider when sourcing a candidate yourself, through a newspaper, listing site or other direct advertising. Consider the age of your children and that of the sitter: Younger teenagers do not posses the emotional or physical maturity to deal with the many problems … Continue reading What to Ask a Babysitter

How to Find a Reliable Babysitter

Finding a reliable babysitter who you can trust with your children can be tedious and down right scary. This is especially true if your children are still very young, although we believe it is important for all children not yet of an age where they can legally be held responsible for themselves (16 +).  Knowing where to find options, what to ask, what to check and … Continue reading How to Find a Reliable Babysitter

Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old: Learning to Listen

Listening skills play an important role in communication, learning and especially the development of reading skills. We live in a world where there is noise around us at all times. Hence children may become accustomed to blocking out background noises and employing a ‘half-listening’strategy to life. There are many ways to encourage children to listen actively. Don’t expect miracles though as it will take time, … Continue reading Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old: Learning to Listen

What Should Be on Your Food Labels?

In 2010 the hard fought battle for food labeling regulations finally became law, with the introduction of regulation R146. As a consumer, its important to know your rights. You have the right to know that a product that does not have the following information on the label should. You have the right to inquire should this information not be displayed. You have the right to … Continue reading What Should Be on Your Food Labels?

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Language Development: Scribble Time

When babies spill food and start playing in it, using their fingers and palms, they are not just making a mess. They are exploring making marks and this is your child’s first step towards writing. You can encourage a toddler to make marks by giving them different surfaces and mediums to explore. Paint is usually a good place to start ( Click here for a … Continue reading Language Development: Scribble Time

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Language Development: How to Read to Toddlers

Before reading a book to a child, try to find time to read it yourself. Familiarise yourself with the story and content. Think about how you can possibly add some acting. Do a little dance, if appropriate. Perhaps act the story for them, sock puppets can add tonnes of fun. Reading is about having fun and learning together. This way you can also spot things in … Continue reading Language Development: How to Read to Toddlers