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How to Increase Brain Health

How to Increase Brain Health

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Maximize Learning Ability!

As parents we want to make sure our little ones have every opportunity they need to thrive in life. The key to success is focusing on creating an ideal environment for learning including proper brain development.

Nutrition and Brain Health

Must Have Nutrients:

  • Omega – 3 fats, which help fight inflammation and promotes healthy neural communication.
  • Vitamin D to promote normal neurodevelopment and a higher immune function.
  • Magnesium that is required for energy production and focus.
  • Methylation factors like B6, folate, and B12 help carry oxygen to the brain and creates new brain cells.

Foods Rich in These:

You can find these important nutrients in foods like dark leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, berries, fatty fish like salmon and nuts.

Sleep for Better Learning & Cognition:

Without adequate, consistent sleep, we can expect problems like hormonal imbalances, mood swings, weight gain and of course poor concentration. Kids are just as susceptible to these issues as adults!

For positive sleep patterns, stick to a routine for both you and your little ones. Leave technology outside the bedroom and try to get in daily exercise if possible. These activities promote normal circadian rhythm and may make it easier to fall asleep at night.

Boosting Immune Systems:

It’s crucial to make sure your child practices good hygiene routines! They need to understand the importance of basic methods to increase their body’s natural defenses!

Key Strategies To Incorporate in Your Schedule:

  • Wash hands often and properly.
  • Avoid too much screen time at home. It can increase the body’s stress response and decrease immune system functions.
  • A stressful environment will increase your child’s anxiety levels, so try to keep your home environment calm and relaxing.
  • Zinc, vitamin C and vitamin B is essential for healthy brain function.

It’s never too early or too late to begin having conversations with your child about killing germs and staying healthy. Creating positive habits early in life will ensure they follow them as they get older!

Now for another wonderfully yummy recipe:

Miniature Corn Dogs


1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Onion powder
3 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup 2% milk
1 large egg
1 package miniature smoked sausages
Oil for deep-fat frying
Tomato sauce


This recipe is so easy and I figured it would be perfect during the holidays!

In a small bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and onion powder; cut in shortening until crumbly. Whisk milk and egg; stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Dip sausages into batter 

In a cast-iron or other heavy skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry sausages, a few at a time, until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve with tomato sauce or any kind of sauce your prefer.

I hope you enjoyed my Blog. I can’t wait to share some more information and fun ideas with you to keep the kiddies happy, healthy and strong!

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Cubs Class

Ages: 3 months - 1 year

In the Cub Class your baby will be stimulated according to his /
her age and according to your preferred schedule. There will be
ample time for sleeping, socializing and exploring this new and
wonderful world your baby is still adapting to.

Our environment is secure, kept clean and sanitized throughout
and will provide your little one with the utmost comfort.

Activities offered

• Tummy time play
• Sensory bottles and sensory bags
• Textured hula-hoops
• Ball pit
• Educational Toys
• Story time
• Music ring


Non-Refundable registration fee of R400
Deposit equal to one month of R2000
Monthly fee of R2000

Parents to Supply

  • Nappies.
  • Formula & bottles if applicable.
  • 1x complete set of clean clothes

Bunnies Class

Ages: 2 -3 years

In the Bunnies Class we provide an emotionally supportive
environment to optimize your child’s full potential. We strongly
focus on each child’s physical, socio-emotional, cognitive and
motor development needs while strengthening their
independence and communication skills.

Activities offered

 Class lesson and art activity according to weekly theme
• Free play (Indoor & outdoor)
• Educational Toys
• Story time
• Music ring
• Extramural activities offered: Manners for Minors / Playball / Karate / Dancing


Non-Refundable registration fee of R400
Deposit equal to one month of R3500 / R2500
Monthly Fee of R3500 full day / R2500 half day.

Parents to Supply

A bottle with water/ juice/milk according to your child’s preference
Comfort toy if applicable.
1x complete set of clean clothes