Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group

Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group

Sturdy Steps Play Group is a home- based play school, for toddlers between the ages 12 months and 4

Operating as usual

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 12/06/2023

FAMILY MEET UP โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ’™

On Saturday we had the perfect weather for our little party hosted by one of our amazing parents.

Thank you to everyone who attended- it felt so incredible to see the children and parents having a wonderful time.

Till the next one... ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿซถ

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 01/06/2023


We've been baaing and mooing and clucking all week. This theme is always such a hit and every child has glowed when singing along to farm animal songs with us ๐ŸŽถ Check out our awesome farm animal themed art and our little theme table set up.

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 22/05/2023


We have been learning about flowers, plants, seeds and how to look after our Earth and it's flowers ๐ŸŒนโ™ฅ๏ธ
We've made flowers and added seeds to them, planted in the garden and danced to flower songs ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿฅณ

We've been learning about water and how our plants and flowers need water just like we do to survive. We've learned to turn the tap off if we're not using it as well as how rain water can provide us with water for our plants ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒต๐Ÿชดโ˜˜๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 18/03/2023


Easter is around the corner and what a great time it was to go on a hunt for Easter eggs ๐Ÿฅš ๐Ÿฃ

Thanks so much to Blissful food truck, who helped us bring our Easter dreams to life!!

And thanks to the amazing parents who were ready with their rain gear to have fun regardless the weather ๐Ÿค—


Please please book early to secure your space ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฐ Looking forward to celebrating with you all Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group ๐ŸŒˆ


Happy Friendship Day to all โค๐Ÿฅฐ

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Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 30/01/2023


We have begun our year- fresh, happy and ready to face the world ๐ŸŒŽ
I love all the cute little new faces and am thrilled to still have a few from last year. We are so proud of everyone for settling so nicely โค Here's to a fun-filled year ahead ๐Ÿ˜€



We finally got our shot with our twins of 2022 ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ It's been such an honor to teach them and we will miss all of them next year!


Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 02/11/2022


Sturdy Steppers and their buddies came for a little Halloween party ๐Ÿ‘ป and they had they most incredible time ๐Ÿฅณ

Thanks to our lovely parents for participating and making it a special day for them ๐Ÿ™

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 19/09/2022


Since posting last about our looking for more premises we've had lots of chats about what we're up to and where we're going โญ๐ŸŒˆ

So for now we can tell you the following:

โญWe are opening Sturdy Steps Daycare in Gardens area
โญWe are going to run from 7.30am-12pm, with aftercare options up until 5pm.
โญ Our new premises will have a secure and warm indoor space as well as a lovely shady garden outdoors
โญMeals included are an option at our daycare
โญAges 4months+
โญWe have spaces available for 2023
โญContact us via Whatsapp for more information 076 290 7905


We are looking to EXPAND ๐Ÿฅณ

Happy Monday!! We are looking to expand and are therefore looking for premises ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™ Please would all you clever parents let us know if you hear of anything in the area that might be suitable for us โญ Also any great commercial leases up for grabs please let us know ๐Ÿค—

Watch this space for our upcoming expansion

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 05/08/2022

Enrollments now open for 2023!!

Spaces are very limited at this point so book soon to avoid disappointment ๐Ÿฅณ

Our play school is a structured yet relaxed setting and our curriculum is child- centered and all about learning through play. Please contact Sallee for more info on Whatsapp 076 290 7905. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’™โญ

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 13/06/2022


For the past 2 weeks we have focused on Fruits, vegetables and the plants they come from. They've enjoyed it all especially the tasting of fruits and veg ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฃโฃ

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 31/05/2022

We celebrated WORLD BEE DAY and everyone had the best day ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ’›



Our awesome shopping theme ๐Ÿคฉ ๐Ÿ›’ I think I might have been more excited about this theme than any other theme I've done before ๐Ÿ˜† If you ask my fiancรฉ he will tell you exactly how much mommy loves shopping ๐Ÿ™ˆ So this theme was just such fun and so interactive and we had an absolute blast! Here's a video of our last day of our shopping theme, which was the actual big shop. Thanks to all our fabulous parents who chipped in by sending us all their rubbish, we'll be sure to recycle it all ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅณ And to Spar Vredehoek who let us borrow the trolleys for a few hours of fun ๐Ÿฅณ

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 07/03/2022

COLOURS & NUMBERS ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงกโค๐Ÿ’›

Our theme over the past 2 weeks has been colours and number. It's such a fun and exciting theme and although we focus on shapes, colours and numbers daily, it's an exciting and never ending theme that you can just run wild with ๐Ÿฅณ

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 05/02/2022


We've begun our year in our bright, fresh new space and it almost feels as though I'm floating on a cloud โ˜๏ธ
Our classroom is spacious, yet cozy at the same time. We have so much space to play and learn ๐Ÿ‘
It feels like a dream come true and I'm so grateful for our new happy space ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฆ‹

A little late (with it already being February ๐Ÿ˜†) but may it be a happy and successful year for all our play school babies and their families!

Watch this space for our upcoming themes and activities โœจ

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 14/12/2021


We've been so quiet due to the busy end of year rush and madness, as well as packing up the last of our old space. But we are ready to move onwards and upwards and elated to be starting 2022 in style ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ‘Œ

We've thoroughly enjoyed our Xmas art and crafts as well as all our songs and rhymes we've sung. Although tired, our little Sturdy Steppers have trooped and danced until the end. They know how to party right ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿฅณ

Wishing our families a beautiful Xmas/ Hanukkah and a happy New Year. Thank you for all your endless support and inspiration.

See you in 2022 ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ


Yes yes yes ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’ž

Let's be clear: Respectful parenting is NOT permissive parenting.

โŒPermissive parenting = no rules/structure, indulgent = well, sheer chaos๐ŸŒช๏ธ

โŒAuthoritarian parenting: enforces good behavior with threats, shaming, punishment, less parental warmth = an increase in worsening behavior over time + depression later in life

We are OUT with the old school way of parenting: children being seen not heard, blind obedience, listening to authority OR ELSE. This often leads to 1 of 2 outcomes: a child so compliant they grow into a compliant/people pleasing adult who blindly follows orders, someone who pushes their own needs down OR a child who learns to hide mistakes from their parents, someone whose instinct is to hide their feelings, problems, + true selves from loved ones.

The Latin root of the word discipline means "to teach." How do children/people learn best? Well, think back to the worst teacher/boss you've had. On your case ALL day, pointing out EVERYTHING you did wrong. Youโ€™re there to follow the commands + shut your mouth.

Were you motivated? Did you learn/ grow? Nope, you showed up, did bare minimum + couldn't wait to leave.

Now, think of the best teacher/boss you've had. Level headed, calm, CONFIDENT in their leadership. They took charge, but you felt safe knowing they'd lead you in the right direction. They made you feel heard + invested time into you.

So, think of yourself as the calm, confident leader of your home.๐ŸกSomeone who:

โœ… Leads by example, set the tone
Youโ€™re strong + supportive. A boss who leads with confidence, even in times of stress, makes their employees, aka family, feel safe.

โœ…Makes the big decisions
You confidently decide and enforce when itโ€™s time for a nap, whatโ€™s for dinner, and when itโ€™s time to leave the park.

You choose the big stuff BUT you empower your toddler with age-appropriate power, eg choosing which pair of shoes they want.

โœ…Speaks with calm confidence
Resist the urge to meet chaos with chaos. Let your calm be contagious.

โœจStruggling with discipline in a way that works + protects their self esteem? Tantrums + all things toddler? Our course is here to help! For parents with kids aged 1-6. Link in bio.โœจ

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 12/10/2021

Today we got our Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group Vredehoek art t-shirts ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ˜ how exciting?! Everyone loved putting on their special rainbow t-shirts and we could totally relax knowing their clothes were protected during messy play and art time ๐ŸŒˆ Art was also specifically extra messy today ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜ with us using fruit and veg 'waste' to paint.

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 05/10/2021

๐Ÿšš๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿšš WE'RE MOVING!! ๐Ÿš›๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿš›

Yup- you heard right ๐Ÿ˜ We are thrilled to announce on World Teacher's Day that we are moving on up! We have been planning our big move for a little while and have been so excited to announce we are moving just a short 2km's away from our current venue!!

Our space for 2022 is an upgrade of note! We have a secure, private, clean and spacious new play school space ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฅฐ I'm so proud of where I've come as a business owner and so thrilled to be moving on and transitioning into an even more positive and happy space ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ซ Thanks to all my beautiful and amazing parents for all the support and love throughout this year โค It's been challenging to find the right thing but we are here now ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Everyday our tiny humans in class make me so happy and fulfilled and I can't wait to share this space with them.

Please note that our spaces are very limited. If you'd like to make an enquiry please do so asap.

Hooray hooray, we can't wait to play! 2022... here we COME! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸŽ‰

Timeline photos 02/10/2021

Oh so true ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒต๐Ÿตโ˜˜๐Ÿ’š

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 30/09/2021


I love the last term of the year- the weather is warm, children are happy to be outside, art can get MESSY ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜… and who doesn't love the sight of butterflies and bumble bees?! ๐Ÿฆ‹ ๐Ÿ

To enquire about 2022, please contact us via Whatsapp on 076 290 7905 ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ƒโค๐ŸŒผ


"If you're happy and you know it" ๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸŽต
Summer is coming... we can feel it and our moods are happy and excited ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’ƒ

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 21/09/2021

Our little Spring teddy bear picnic was enjoyed by all ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ

We chose the perfect day for a picnic on the grass ๐Ÿคฉ we all chatted and laughed and had our special snacks. What a perfect way to end term 3!

Thanks to all the parents who sent along all the goodies and snacks. The children and their teddies really loved their day.

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group's post 31/08/2021

We've been keeping ourselves occupied and fully entertained on these last cold winter days ๐Ÿฅถ ๐ŸงŠ โ˜ƒ๏ธ
We can hardly wait till SPRING ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒบ



This week we ate celebrating our wonderful Rumbi! She's my assistant, my nanny and honestly is the best thing that ever happened to our home and family. She just fits in and makes everything look effortless and easy!

All our parents at Sturdy Steps know and love Rumbi for her wild imagination, her love for children and her ability to just take all the children away on a magical journey of play and happiness โค๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค—๐Ÿคฉ she really is the best!

Rumbi will be celebrating her birthday at school this week. And we wish her all the love and happiness in the world! We can't imagine our school and space without you โค

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group Vredehoek's post 17/06/2021

We've been loving our themes lately and for our last theme of the term we decided to do WILD ANIMALS ๐Ÿฆ“๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ’๐Ÿ—๐Ÿฆ”

We have roared like lions ๐Ÿฆ
sprung like springbok ๐ŸฆŒ
jumped like little monkeys ๐Ÿ’
Stomped like elephants ๐Ÿ˜
Leaped like tigers ๐Ÿ…

We've shaken our musical instruments to "the lion king", used blocks to build special houses for our wild animals, gotten creative with our art and dress up and gotten to show our favorite wild animals from home.

All in all our theme and term has been a total hit! An absolute blast had by all and everything becomes so much for fun as our toddlers' comprehension starts improving and increasing. So awesome to be a part of their every day improvements and learning โค๐Ÿ˜Š


Can you guess our theme for for this and next week? ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿฆž

This is always one of my favourite themes to do ๐Ÿ˜ there are so many different ideas and creative activities that we can do together. We love singing all the songs and saying the rhymes about little fishies and sharks. Plus children are somehow always so interested in learning about the ocean and it's animals. They're fascinated by an octopus and all its legs ๐Ÿ™ love the idea of a sharks strong jaws ๐Ÿฆˆ are always keen to "swim like a little fish" ๐ŸŽ " and walk like crabs" ๐Ÿฆ€ It's also always a bonus when you can be a part of children's learning about how to protect and look after our ocean.

Learning about the ocean is definitely one our most enjoyable themes. We hope you enjoy seeing what we get up to as much as we enjoy ourselves ๐Ÿ˜Š

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group Vredehoek's post 14/05/2021


Mother's Day is one of my favourite days ๐Ÿ’• I love being appreciated and thought of by my family. They are the most important people to me, and a huge part of me is a 'mommy' so being celebrated feels great ๐Ÿฅฐโค๐Ÿ˜

For Mother's day at play school we got cracking on those fine motor skill activities and pasted buttons onto our fridge magnets. It was a huge hit in the class and everyone wanted to choose their own special buttons for their mommies ๐Ÿคฉ We also spoke about how much our mommies do for us and what we love about our mommies. We also made beautiful cupcakes cards which were super fun to make together ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿง

Motherhood is tough. By the time you've surfaced from the initial shock of having a baby, your precious little baby doesn't seem so little anymore. People tell you to 'enjoy every moment' and to sleep when your baby sleeps, but we know as moms that neither of those things actually happen ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ as much as we'd like them to. But honestly, when I take a moment to look around and see my kids playing and laughing together, all the sleepless nights, all the worries and all the 'toughness' goes away. They made me a mommy and to them I will always he grateful ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฅฐโค๐Ÿ˜

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group Vredehoek's post 02/05/2021


During the summer months, we spend time outside for most of the day. Water play and outdoor gross motor activities are just a few things we do to keep our toddlers busy during the warmer days.

A common question is what do we get up to on the days we're stuck inside all day. We have carefully thought out and planned the wintery days to ensure we spend time inside constructively.
We thought you we'd show you a few of the activities we like to set up on rainy days.

Amongst other activities, we enjoy:

๐Ÿงฉ Building puzzles & play games
๐ŸณSpending time in the kitchen 'cooking'
๐Ÿ“š Reading and telling stories
๐Ÿฉ Play dough and clay
๐Ÿ‘” Dressing up
๐Ÿ‘’ Puppets and imaginative play
๐Ÿš˜ Cars, trains & fine motor activities such as blocks & pegs
๐ŸŽจ Creative activities & art

On the winter days with children stuck inside, try not to overwhlem your little one with activities and things to keep them busy 24/7. Being a toddler and being 'bored' can also lead to super fun unexpected activities which sometimes work out even better than planned activities. We like to set out a few stations where toddlers can participate in structured play, but also have a space where they can just free play and relax.

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group Vredehoek's post 10/04/2021


Today we had a fantastic party set up at Sturdy Steps for a very special little boy turning 2 years old ๐Ÿฅฐ
His mommy was super smart and made him an incredible "out of this world" themed party. Check out the dinosaur plates and spacey cupcakes ๐Ÿคฉ ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿฆ•

All the children and adults were relaxed and happy in our safe, contained and child friendly space. It really was the perfect venue for a kids party.

For more information on parties at our venue, contact us on Whatsapp 076 290 7905 ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅณ


We're super excited to be starting a new term this week and can't wait to start our Mommy/ Nanny/ Daddy/ Granny stimulation and development classes ๐Ÿ˜ it's going to be loads of fun- come along and join us for a FREE class ๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒˆ All classes will be Covid compliant and we ask you to please wear masks when joining. Our timetable is attached and please contact me via Whatsapp or email for more info ๐Ÿค—โค 076 290 7905 or [email protected]

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group Vredehoek's post 01/04/2021


This week was fun, crazy, busy and exciting. We did marble rolling art together to make our bunny Easter cards, as well as stamping, Easter egg decorating and footprints to make little carrots for the Easter bunny ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅ•

There was great excitement at the end of holiday club today when everyone got a little birdie to take home with their Easter eggs and biscuits ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿช

Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone and enjoy the magic โœจ ๐Ÿ˜€

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group Vredehoek's post 26/03/2021

Now you're just some bunny that I used to know ๐Ÿฐ

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group Vredehoek's post 26/03/2021


These past 2 weeks have been blissful and incredibly fun. Filled with excitement and lots of sing songs and dancing. We couldn't help but get enthusiastic about Easter which is just around the corner ๐Ÿšœ ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฆ†๐Ÿฃ ๐Ÿ–ย 

I'm forever in awe of my lovely and super creative mother in law who spends hours making beautiful creations for our play school ๐Ÿคฉ I wish I could take the credit for this exquisite Easter egg basket which was hand made by her for each child at school, but i have to admit it was all her. And the birdies in their little eggs ๐Ÿ˜โค Every child went home for the holidays with their farm animal and Easter art, eggies and a little baby chick ๐Ÿคย 

We wish everyone a happy holiday and look forward to next term, which I'm sure will be as busy, happy and full of new creations ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ’ž

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group Vredehoek's post 21/03/2021

OLD MAC DONALD HAD A FARM ๐Ÿšœ ๐Ÿ– ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿฅ ๐Ÿ

Our children have been busy learning all about farms.

We've made chicken life cycles ๐Ÿ”ย  ๐Ÿฅš ๐Ÿฃย 
We've made barns and farms ๐Ÿšœ ๐ŸŒž ๐ŸŒ„
We've painted cows ๐Ÿฎ ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿ–Œ
And pigs ๐Ÿท And coloured in ducks ๐Ÿฆ†And posted them into ponds๐Ÿ’งWe've learnt about dairy products and how cows give us milk, cheese and cream ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿง€ ๐Ÿฅ› ๐Ÿ„ย 

All in all it's been a super fun week with lots of learning, art and playing.ย 

Photos from Sturdy Steps Home- based Play Group Vredehoek's post 16/03/2021

Parents of the hood โค I'm a play school teacher and have owned my play school "Sturdy Steps" for the past 8 years. I'm also a mom of 2 boys (ages 4 and 8 months) who keep me endlessly busy and happy ๐Ÿ˜Š I also used to own a mommy and baby stimulation and development franchise, which I stopped working on just before I had my children. I'm now so ready to step back into my role (a little wiser and even more experienced ๐Ÿ˜Š) and to teach all new mommies the correct stimulation and development skills for your babies. I'm offering free classes to begin with so feel free to pop me a mail or Whatsapp with your baby's age and your availability and I can set up a class for you. Our term will begin in mid- April 2021. Of course, our classes will be Covid compliant and small to ensure social distancing. Have a lovely day ๐ŸŒˆ

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