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Team Announcement

Our team is getting a bit of a shake up! Kiera is moving on from manager of Island Sitters and we are so sad to see her go! Thank you for everything you have done over the last 2 years Kiera, and best of luck with your new endeavours. Lorelei will be...

International Children’s Day

Today is International Children’s Day! Universal Children’s Day is not just a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have experienced violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination. Here are a few children’s charities and organisations working towards...

Tips for Traveling with Kids

Over the years, we’ve had our fair share of travel experiences with babies and toddlers, so we wanted to share this list of tips for traveling with your kids: Rent certain baby items in the country that you are traveling to, such as strollers, cribs, playpens, to save you the...

Back to School Tips

As summer comes to an end, it can be hard to get back into a regular schedule — for both kids and adults. Whether you’re a parent that’s dreading the back-to-school rush, or a babysitter or tutor struggling to help children rediscover homework success, we’ve got some tips for you....

Top Tips for Finding a Summer Nanny

Although kids are on vacation for the summer, you, unfortunately, are not. Who takes care of your children when school is out, but you still have to work? Finding a summer camp may work, but if you want your kids to be a little bit closer to home and get...

Earth Day activities for children in Barbados

Children are inherently curious, enthusiastic nature lovers. They are impressionable and eager to learn about their surroundings, and Earth Day presents a precious opportunity to teach them about the environment. Here are 10 child-friendly activities to help you celebrate Earth Day with your children in Barbados.  Plant a tree, or...

The Role of Play in Emotional Development

Play is the work of a child, but it is also the language of the child, and the medium through which they best express themselves and cope with feelings. Children use play to release emotions, work through feelings and to understand their world better by play-acting in situations they can...

The Role of Play in Physical and Social Development

Physical development refers to the physical growth of the child and involves both large and small-muscle development known as gross-motor and fine-motor development respectively (Brotherson, n.d.). Running, jumping, climbing and throwing a ball are all examples of gross-motor development activities, as they involve the use of large-muscle groups. Tying a...

The Role of Play in Cognitive development

What is cognitive development? Cognitive development, simply put, refers to how children make sense of their world (Isenberg & Jalongo, 2010). It is the building of thought processes, including remembering, problem solving, and decision making, that begins in childhood and continues through adolescence to adulthood. When playing, children are actively...

The Importance of Play in Child Development

Across all countries, cultures, languages and borders, all children do several things in common. For example, all children (and adults) eat, sleep and communicate. These are some of the more obvious activities that are necessary for a child’s health and development. But one activity which may be less obvious is...