Why immunisation is essential

As a parent, you will want to know why vaccinating your child is important.

Most schools, ourselves included, will insist on receiving a copy of your child’s immunisation card.

In the past, diseases such as smallpox and polio struck fear into the hearts of parents, as an infection in their child or community could mean death or paralysis.Today, thanks to the development of vaccines, smallpox has been totally eradicated and other infections such as polio and measles have nearly been eliminated.

Why is it important for children to be vaccinated?

Children need to be vaccinated in order to protect them from certain infectious diseases.

Why should all children be vaccinated?

Vaccinations prevent the spread of disease within the community.

Where do I go to have my child vaccinated?

Your local clinics and community health centres in South Africa will provide free vaccinations for your child. Numerous chain stores have clinics where you can quickly and easily take your little one for their vaccinations.

When should my child be vaccinated?

At birth, 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 14Weeks, 9 months, 18 months, 6 years and at 12 years old.

Does my child need to have all the vaccinations?

Yes, your child must have all the vaccinations as prescibed.

Which diseases will the vaccinations protect my child from?

Tuberculosis, Polio, Rotavirus Gastroenteritis, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Haemophilus Influenzae type B, Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal Infection, and Measles are the diseases that your child will be protected against. Whilst it will not necessarily mean that you child will not contract one of the diseases listed, it will ensure that they will have a milder form of the disease.

More information on vaccinations (Full vaccination schedule) and interesting articles for parents can be found on Child Magazine (SA’s best guide for parents)

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School-readiness assessments

I had a call from a parent regarding their child undergoing a school readiness test.

My advice to parents is to consult a suitably qualified professional. They are specially trained to perform the necessary assessment of your child.

School-readiness Assessments

    School-readiness assessments are a subset of psycho-educational assessments and are usually recommended for children in the last term of their Grade R year.

What is meant by “school-ready”?

Parents are often confused by the term school-ready. They might be told that their child is not school-ready, while the Schools Act stipulates that all children must start school (Grade 1) in the year that they turn 7. So how is it that a child may be considered not ready for school while they are at the right age to start school as stipulated by the act?

Put very simply, a child is considered school ready when deemed to be able to cope with the formal demands of schooling.  These demands are not only intellectual but also emotional, perceptual and conceptual. Children are deemed to be intellectually school-ready if they score a mental age of 6 years 3 months on standardised school readiness assessments.


This excerpt has been taken from the following website,Educational Psychologists in South Africa which contains a lot of very useful information for


The process and what is tested is clearly outlined for parents.

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Inspired children: How the leading minds of today raise their kids

There are so many books and words of advice out there – how do you know which one to choose – well you don’t really until you have waded through quite a number.

Here is one that I can recommend as being very worthwhile.

Inspired children: How the leading minds of today raise their kids

Rosina McAlpine (Author, Editor)

Parents naturally love and care for their children, but parenting requires more than just love. Informed parenting requires knowledge and understanding of the changing physical, emotional, psychological and intellectual development of children as they grow into young adults. Wouldn’t it be so much easier for parents if we could base our most important decisions on scientific evidence, rather than by trial and error or other people’s opinions? Wouldn’t an approach that combined love, experience and the latest research help parents to feel more confident and provide better outcomes for our children? “Inspired children” does just that by turning the science of child development into the art of parenting. Contributors to this book are some of the world leaders in areas of genetics, neuroscience, personal development and psychology. Each expert author discusses the latest research on child development from preconception right through to teen years in an easy-to-read form, and shares how they have used the findings to support their child’s development. With lots of practical examples and heart-warming personal stories, the book is a valuable resource for early childhood educators, teachers, child psychologists, carers, grandparents, and anyone who works with children. A must read for every parent who wants to raise an inspired child. Content Foreword by Professor Andrew Martin Acknowledgments About the authors Introduction by Dr Rosina McAlpine 1. Preparing for parenthood by Bruce H. Lipton, PhD 2. Managing stress during pregnancy by Dr Monique Robinson 3. Raising healthy and happy babies by Janette Roberts 4. Preparing children for life by Dr Rosina McAlpine 5. Supporting emotional intelligence in children by Dr Joe Dispenza 6. Parenting psychologically healthy children by Michael Hall, PhD 7. Helping children to manage stress by Maggie Dent 8. Helping children develop a positive relationship with life by Dr Rosina McAlpine based on an interview with Dr Joe Dispenza 9. Inspiring children to achieve goals by Sandy Forster 10. Learning partnerships with children by Dr Yvonne Sum Index.


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