Play Matters Playschool

A home-based playschool for 2-5 year olds in Sunningdale, taught by an Occupational Therapist, foundation phase educator, and childcare assistant .

Operating as usual

[07/19/21]   We have one space available immediately in our homely playschool in the 2-3year group. Please get in touch if you’d like to know more.


Play Matters has a space for 2-3 year old (3rd birthday during 2021) to start in term 3. Please enquire for more info.

Play Matters has a space for 2-3 year old (3rd birthday during 2021) to start in term 3. Please enquire for more info.

[05/11/21]   We have one space available in our 2-3 years group (only 6 children)- contact us for more info about our lovely home-based Playschool for ages 2-5.


Our Turtles group (2-3s) loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of the stories we celebrated for Book Week. How cute are these little 🐛s?

Our Turtles group (2-3s) loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of the stories we celebrated for Book Week. How cute are these little 🐛s?

Photos from Play Matters Playschool's post 20/04/2021

We are celebrating a whole week of BOOKS this week and these story stones from Ferhensha of @barely_parenting and @fun_learning_creations are such a hit! We ordered the Hungry Caterpillar set as well as a mermaid/underwater storytelling set. We are loving the imagination, sequencing, confidence and language skills we are seeing!

Photos from Play Matters Playschool's post 26/02/2021

We love self-directed art at Playschool. The children chose to draw and then watercolour their own designs today. We love hearing what they’d like to create and helping them plan and execute their design. We never touch their page ourselves and their pride in themselves is so evident!

The other thing that’s so evident in these artworks is the difference between a 3 and a 4 year old’s work (in general)- there is just so much growth and development each year in this phase of development!

#imagination #creativity #empowerment #freedom #expression #achievement

The real value in pretend play | Maggie Dent 02/02/2021

The real value in pretend play | Maggie Dent

We celebrate our children’s pretend play! It holds so much value. Read more here.

The real value in pretend play | Maggie Dent “Babies create hypotheses, test them and then relentlessly appraise their findings with the vigour of a seasoned scientist. This means that infants are extraordinarily delightful, surprisingly aggressive learners. They pick up everything.” — John Medina, Brain Rules for Baby (2014) www.brainru...

Let them PLAY! How academic preschools are ruining your child's development 29/01/2021

Let them PLAY! How academic preschools are ruining your child's development

Love this article!

Let them PLAY! How academic preschools are ruining your child's development Calm down everybody, your preschooler doesn't need to read, count to 1000 and speak five languages to achieve 'school readiness.' The research is in and the findings are stupidly simple.


So much fun with our @thornewoodtreasures rainbow, semi-circles and peg dolls. Our Grade 00s love creating with it!

So much fun with our @thornewoodtreasures rainbow, semi-circles and peg dolls. Our Grade 00s love creating with it!

[12/15/20]   Yes! There are 8 senses, not 5. And many of our children are very sensitive to what’s happening with some/all of their senses, which affects their behaviour and ability to “perform.” Classroom spaces, educators and parents would do well to pay more attention to this and adapt to children’s needs as behaviours arise.


Loads of messy, sensory fun these last two days of term! Now for a quick break before we gear up for Term 4 of 2020! ☀️

Loads of messy, sensory fun these last two days of term! Now for a quick break before we gear up for Term 4 of 2020! ☀️


A fun two weeks learning about birds! 🦉 🦅 🦚 🦩🦆🐣🦜🦃🐓

A fun two weeks learning about birds! 🦉 🦅 🦚 🦩🦆🐣🦜🦃🐓


Happy Spring Day!
💐 🌺 🌱 🌹 🌳 🐣

Happy Spring Day!
💐 🌺 🌱 🌹 🌳 🐣


We’ve loved our insects theme 🐞 🦋 🦟


So much playing and learning about bees and spiders this week! 🐝 🕷


Grade 00 in 2021!
We have one space left for a child who will be turning 5 next year, to join our small group of Grade 00s- the perfect home-based school environment before they go off to Grade R. Our school consists of 2 small classes, and they’re taught by an occupational therapist and a foundation phase teacher. Individualised attention, nurturing home-based learning, plenty of sensory and kinetic learning, and spacious facilities.
Contact Sarah to find out more- 0825683443




Today at work, a child fell and scraped his knee. He came to me instantly- scared and upset- wrapping his arms around me while crying. We snuggled while we talked about what happened, and then i saw his bloody knee that had been pressed against my leg as we hugged. When he lifted his head off my shoulder, my arm was covered in his drool and his tears. This is Childcare, even during a pandemic. When people call us the frontline it’s because we are working on the floor directly with kids 3 years old and under. Kids who can’t control their emotions or their bodily fluid. We wipe their tears and their blood before we consider the risk because they need us. We haven’t been able to social distance since we opened, we just have a mask which is really just protecting them.

Earlier before the blood, drool and tears covered my body, I was applying sunscreen to 5 different children. Their hands touch my skin while i apply their sunscreen, they talk to me while I’m helping them and often times they spit while they talk. Then one child actually sneezed on me and another child. We’re not protected from that type of hazard either because we work face to face with kids who can’t control these types of scenarios. Sure it’s gross, sure we worry about where they’ve been or where their families have been when hundreds of their droplets cover my arm, but my coworkers and i still go to work and do what we can to protect ourselves and others.

We change diapers and wipe bums all day long, sanitize and wipe down toilets between uses, clean up after their lunch and snacks, rub their backs to help them fall asleep, wipe their faces, clean their scrapes and ouchies, and read to them while they sit across our body.

Schools obviously may have many more children to worry about, but the kids in childcare are young and dependent on us for almost everything. They sit on us and directly in front of us, we’re touched all day long and sometimes see 4 different types of bodily fluid in a day. Just today, I had blood, drool, and tears on me before 10am.

While everyone is worried about schools opening and being safe, I’d like to recognize my coworkers and fellow Early Childhood Educators who have also been putting themselves at risk every day doing their jobs all throughout this global pandemic. A lot of my coworkers are scared, stressed, and unsure what to do some days, but they show up anyways and face these hazards head on so parents can go to work and their child can have a safe and nurturing place to thrive in ❤️

ɢᴇɴᴛʟᴇ ʀᴇᴍɪɴᴅᴇʀ ᴛᴏ:
- ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴏsᴛs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʀᴇsᴏɴᴀᴛᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʏᴏᴜ
- ᴡʀɪᴛᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜᴛs ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴍɴᴛs
- sʜᴀʀᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғᴀᴍɪʟʏ & ғʀɪᴇɴᴅs

[08/03/20]   Play Matters Playschool has one specific opening for 2021:

We have a space for one child who is 4 (turning 5 in 2021) to join our little group of 4 Grade 00s for the year. The space is for fulltime (5 mornings a week)- class of 8 children, and once a week just the 4 Grade 00 children on their own. We would ideally like for it to be a boy but please do enquire if you have a girl.
Please spread the word. ☺️


Best firefighters ever! 🔥⛑ 💦👩🏼‍🚒


Although the Winter weather didn’t play along, we enjoyed learning about Winter season the past two weeks. ❄️ 🌧 ☔️ 🔥 ☕️🧤🧣🧦


We’ve had so many Nature School moments these first two weeks back. Mud, stones, earthworms, caterpillars, snails, slugs, birds, granadillas and cauliflower! Rich, real-life, uninterrupted learning.
🌳 🐌 🐛 🥬 🐦 🌱


We are totally loving being back at Playschool! Albeit reduced children and some new changes in routine, it is good to play! 24/07/2020

They'll Grow Into It - Trusting Children to Develop Manners, Toilet Skills, Emotional Regulation and More - Janet Lansbury

A worthwhile read... Most of the advice I share is focused on infants, toddlers and preschoolers, but since my own children are now well past those years (my oldest just turned 21!), it occurred to me that I should be sharing more often from my “long view” perspective. Like most parents, I’ve had my worries. For i...


We had a lovely first day back with all our new rules and regulations- the kids were so happy to see each other, although we do miss our other friends who aren’t yet back. These 2-4year old superheroes did a great job fighting corona virus and had loads of good fun too. ❤️


Finalizing the last sorting, cleaning, organizing and paperwork, so we can be ready for our (reduced capacity) return next week! So much prep and protocol but we are nearly there! Excited to see our little friends again.


Missing our little friends so much! Lovely to see how they’ve been enjoying our Ocean theme at home this week. 🐠 🦈 🐙 🦀


So important to be aware of how we frame children’s behaviors in our own minds. Will totally change how we respond to them and help them grow.

How we view our students matters. 🙌


I wish more people thought about this. It’s such a good learning opportunity for children.


Yes! 🎨


We love seeing the pics of our kiddies enjoying their fun activities at home. Learning through play is the best! This week’s Dinosaur theme was a real hit! 🦕 🦖


Drop your ideas and plans and spend 20mins just playing with your child, at their level, them in control. 💗



This is my most widely shared post. And rightly so, it’s an important one. These are “prewriting patterns”, with the average (not prescribed) age at which children are developmentally ready to achieve these patterns listed below them in years and months. Being able to process visual information and produce a movement in response (e.g. copying these prewriting patterns or letter formations), is known as “visual motor integration”. ⠀

Note that an X is not typically achieved until 4 years 11 months, and a triangle at 5 years 3 months. If a child can’t form these basic shapes...then they probably won’t be able to form letters. ⠀

It is quite concerning then that there are 3 year 7 month olds starting formal schooling, where they’re expected to write. Not only are their visual motor integration skills not developed enough, their hands are also physically under-developed. In addition, recognising letters, understanding phonics and beginning to read are all needed in order for a child to write meaningfully, skills which children starting kindy typically don’t have. We also know that when a child learns something that doesn’t hold meaning, it‘s unlikely to stick. ⠀

So if you have a 3-4 year old who spontaneously asks or attempts to write letters, that’s great; otherwise, there is no need to initiate or worry about this. Unfortunately there is a misconception, particularly with the way that the current curriculum stands, that earlier is better. Earlier is not always better.⠀

Very well said Perth Children's Occupational Therapy! Thank you for sharing!

Source: Beery Buktenica Test of Visual Motor Integration, 6th Edition


This week our theme for our @home play activities was CONSTRUCTION. Here are some of our proud little friends who participated in our Family Tower Challenge! Well done!


The Blessing South Africa

A blessing for all families today 🇿🇦 ❤️

During the April 2020 lockdown people from across South Africa united to sing a blessing over our nation. The heart of this is to bless you - to give you hope and peace! Sing this in your homes, proclaim it over your family, your community, your city, your province - over our nation and our continent Africa! Share this with your friends, make it your own - sing it in your language and share your songs with us with using the following tags : #theblessingsa #theblessingsouthafrica


Song: The Blessing by Elevation Worship, Cody Carnes and Kari Jobe


If this has moved you and you would like to know more about God’s love for you - please email us at [email protected] or [email protected]

#proudlysouthafrican #SouthAfrica #Africa #ElevationWorship #Elevation #StevenFurtick #KariJobe #CodyCarnes #glory #God #Jesus #HolySpirit #TheBlessing #Worship #Gospel



Look at the differences between a typical preschool child’s hand (left) and a typical 7 year old hand (right).

Want to know why a preschool aged child isn’t able to write yet? This is why! Their hands are still developing and are not fully formed.

So what should they be doing to support this?

PLAY!! Playdough, colouring, cutting, gluing, playing outside, digging in dirt, sensory play, dress up play, science experiments, beading, puzzles, throwing balls, etc.

All of these things help their hands develop. When they are physically ready to write, they will! No need to rush them, they will show you when they are ready!

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