SWIMMING LESSONS – Make sure that your child is ‘water safe’.

With summer fast approaching numerous parents have raised the matter of swimming and swimming lessons for their children. It is essential that children are ‘water safe’ to ensure peace of mind. Of equal importance however is that you ensure that the person or place that you enrol your child in for swimming lessons is accredited and registered.
Swim schools must be accredited – please take note of the following before enrolling your child for swimming lessons!
It is vitally important for parents to check out the accreditation of the swim school before enrolling their children.
“When you register your child for swimming lessons do you make certain that the swim school is registered? Just like when you enrol your child to start grade one, you make sure that the school is registered with the Department of Education. Same thinking.

It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure that the swim school of your choice is registered with Swimming South Africa.”
An accredited swim school will clearly display the certificate of accreditation which will have the physical address of the school or a plague with details of the school.

“Swimming instructors must be registered with their Provincial body and Swimming South Africa.”

Every province will have a list of registered swim schools and registered instructors that are recognised by the federation.
Visit www.swimsa.org for further information and news regarding Swimming South Africa.
“The public should be made aware of the dangers of having their children learn to swim from unqualified and unregistered teachers at swim schools. The general public have no idea how dangerous working with children in the water can be, especially toddlers.

A registered Learn to Swim teacher will offer a SAPS certified statement of no criminal record, a certificate in the necessary first aid and life saving skills and that the swimming school is in good relationship with the provincial governing body.”
Swimming South Africa is the governing body of aquatics in South Africa. Its objective is to encourage the practice of aquatic disciplines for all in South Africa with the purpose of promoting swimming as a life skill through the Learn To Swim programmes. These programmes provide healthy exercise to South Africans of all ages and races by recruiting recreational swimmers to compete in the various competitions and promoting athlete development to the highest level.

Let the children play – Limit screen time!


It is vitally important for the overall development of a young child that they spend time playing….Really playing.
Climbing trees, running, jumping and generally being active.
Attached is a very informative article that has been written by an Occupational Therapist, Carla Grobler,
Why should we limit out children’s screen time“?

Alphastep Holiday Club

Alphastep Holiday Club

GRADE 1 – Academia Hillandale

As from January 2016 an exciting new development is taking place when Academia Hillandale will be opening with a Grade 1 class.

Operating as “Home Schooling” following an accredited curriculum (CAPS compliant) a minimum of 10  and a maximum of 16 pupils will be accommodated at Academia Hillandale on the same premises situated at 253 Main Road, Walmer.

Any enquiries should be directed to  Alpha Step Educare.


Education Plan – Invest in your child’s future

Education Plan

Old Mutual Financial Advisor Darryl Sawyer has made us a generous offer!

R50.00 will be donated to Alpha Step Educare – which we will use for upgrading playground equipment – for every R250.00 and above investment taken.

Please mention that this is a referral from Alpha Step Educare when making contact with him.

A number of parents are concerned about the affordability of sending their children to university when they have matriculated.

If you plan now you will be able to assist your child and ensure that they have the bright future that they deserve.

It is a proven fact that university graduates have greater prospects in the job market than those without a tertiary education.

“Education is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere”

Alpha Step Educare, 253 Main Road, Walmer

Alpha Step Educare, 253 Main Road, Walmer


Tots & Toddlers – Opening January 2015

Alpha Step Tots & Toddlers

Due to numerous requests we are pleased to advise that we will be opening our tots & toddlers section in January 2015.

We will cater for babies from 12 months to 2 years in this section.


Jiggle and Jive

 Jiggle and Jive: Musical appreciation once per week

Experts indicate that little ones who are actively involved in music (who play it or sing it regularly):

  1. Do better in reading and math when they start school
  2. Are better able to focus and control their bodies
  3. Play better with others and have a higher self-esteem
  4. Feel more secure as they learn to know what to expect
  5. Learn to co-operate within a group
  6. Improve their listening skills
  7. Improve their gross and fine motor skills

These are just some of the good reasons why you should encourage an enthusiasm in music.

Music is a great communicator and it releases emotions. Within each each session your little one can express his/her emotions in a fun, relaxed way.

The sessions combine singing, creative movement and rhythm using handmade percussion instruments, toys and hand puppets in a delightful stimulating way.

Music contributes to a rich sensory environment which could benefit your little one positively.

When only the best is good enough for your child enrol them at Alpha Step today!


Open Days 29 July 2013 – 31 July 2013

Open Days Monday 29 July 2013 to Wednesday 31 July 2013


We would like to extend an invitation to all parents with children between the ages of 2 to 6 years, who are looking to enrol their children in an educare centre, either immediately or for 2014 to pop in and view our facilities.

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a muffin whilst discussing the developmental needs of the pre-school child.

Vacancies exist in all of the age groups.

We look forward to meeting you!

Where your child comes first!

Alpha Step Educare, ideally located in Main Road, Walmer.



Foundation Phase CAPS : Home Language (Grade R-3)

Foundation Phase CAPS: Home Language – GRADE R (An overview cont.)

In our post today we cover the topic of:


 Emergent Reading Skills

Recognises and points out common objects in pictures

  •  Arranges a set of pictures in such a way that they form a story
  •  Interprets pictures (e.g. makes up own story and ‘reads’ the pictures)
  •  Acts out parts of a story, song or rhyme
  •  Holds the book the right way up and turns pages correctly
  •  Pretends to read and adopts a ‘reading’ voice
  •  Recognises own name and names of some other children in the class
  •  Begins to ‘read’ high frequency words seen in the classroom and at school(e.g. door, cupboard)

Shared Reading as a class with teacher

  •  ‘Reads’ enlarged texts such as poems, Big Books, posters
  •  Makes links to own experience when reading with the teacher
  •  Describes characters in stories and gives opinions
  •  Predicts what will happen in a story through the pictures
  •  Answers questions based on the story read
  •  Draws pictures capturing main idea of the stories

Independent Reading

• Reads picture books

Alpha Step Educare, there for you and your child.

Alpha Step Educare, where your child comes first and is the FIRST Step in your childs academic future.

Contact Lynn on 041 581 2395 – 253 Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

Pre-school for children from 2 years to Grade R/After school care up to Grade 3 and Holiday Club.

Alpha Step is relocating

It is with a heavy heart that we have to relocate due to unforseen circumstances. The premises we were renting were sold, without us being given the option to purchase.

We are pleased however to announce that as from 1 August 2013 we will be operating from our new premises at 253 Main Road, Walmer.

Our teacher Tammy is going to get busy with her paint brushes and transform some rooms into delightful classes for us. Her paint bushes are like magic wands – in that she can transform any wall into a work of art!

We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at our new premises.

I sincerely appreciate  the support that I have had from so many of my friends.

Please give me a call on either the landline – 041 581 2395 or the cell phone 081 537 3225 if you would like any information or if you have any questions.

Thank you so much. LynnWelcome to Alpha Step

Foundation Phase CAPS: Home Language (Grade R-3)

Foundation Phase CAPS: Home Language – GRADE R (An overview cont.)

In our previous post we outlined the skills in the Home Language CAPS curriculum

Today we cover – PHONICS

Identifies rhyming words in well known rhymes and songs (e.g. Humpty Dumpty)

Begins to recognize that words are made up of sounds e.g. the beginning letter(s) of their names

Segments oral sentences into individual words

Divides multisyllabic words into syllables

Recognises aurally and visually some initial consonants and vowels especially at the beginning of a word


Alpha Step Educare, there for you and your child.

Alpha Step Educare, where your child comes first and is the FIRST Step in your childs academic future.

Contact Lynn on 041 581 2395 – 253 Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

Pre-school for children from 2 years to Grade R/After school care up to Grade 3 and Holiday Club.