Language development through play


What do you see, watching young children wander from one object to another, feeling, holding and playing with whatever they find of interest? In a single hour, toddlers will typically touch around 100 different objects, spending just 10 seconds, on average, playing with each.

In this whirlwind of exploration, there a huge opportunity for adults. Children’s play offers a chance for them to name and describe what catches their children’s attention.





In This Issue

Play is an integral part of learning


Play Africa, a children’s centre at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg for play learning, aims to make play an integral part of early learning and healthy development to spark imagination and enhance problem-solving capacities.



Raising children should be child's play


Play is the powerhouse of child development. It is linked to language abilities, creativity and emotional intelligence.

Parents can feel so pressured by other demands on their own and their children’s time, though, that it’s easy to forget that play is one of the most important, enriching activities needed for children to flourish.


Active kids: when is it ADHD?


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that manifests in childhood with symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or inattention. The symptoms affect functioning on all spheres.

Each of the core symptoms of ADHD has its own pattern and course of development. The complaint regarding symptoms of ADHD may originate from the parents, teachers, or other caregivers.




Homeschooling: a proven alternative

According to the Department of Basic Education, between 10 and 20 percent of South African children repeat Grade 1.

For an academic system like South Africa’s that is already buckling under pressure to sustain and improve academic performance, the stats do not bode well.



Big changes coming to South African schools


Government aims to enrol all South African children in a two-year compulsory Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme before starting Grade 1.

Are we teaching children to be afraid of exams?


Some students are reportedly shunning matric exams in favour of more favourable, and less stressful, pathways to finishing school.




Teaching our children to have an attitude of gratitude

Have you noticed that we may be bringing up a generation of young people who feel so entitled to gifts, devices and whatever they desire, that gratitude is becoming a lost art?


E-textbooks are changing the game


No-one can dispute the fact that e-learning has irrevocably changed the education landscape worldwide for the better.

THE Young University Rankings Lists UKZN Number 1 in Africa 

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has secured the number one spot in Africa on the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings which lists the world’s best universities that are 50 years old or younger.