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Education Update

Long-term changes to the education curriculum will bring the three “Rs” – Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic – back into your child’s classroom
Michelle Jones
So much has changed since we were at school. Standards have been replaced by grades, pupils are now called learners and for more than 10 years, our children have been grappling with an outcomes-based education system that focuses more on practical tasks than the three “Rs”. But a government review of the Basic Education curriculum, to be phased in over the next three years, has been welcomed as a much-needed, back-to-basics approach with a renewed focus on literacy and numeracy.

How to Take Great Holiday Photos

We consult two professionals to find out how to take perfect family holiday pics
Lucille Kemp
Before you’re able to tackle the finer details of photography, you need to get to know your camera – play with the aperture, shutter speed and ISO so you know what is where, and why it is there.

Beat the Sniffs

Here's how to up your chances of winning against colds and flu this winter
Tamlyn Vincent
This is the time of year when cold and flu germs seem to lurk around every corner, ready to pounce. Both colds and flu are airborne viruses, but colds generally cause a runny nose, sore throat and sneezing, while the flu is more likely to affect the whole body, causing fever, aches and headaches. Both are spread when someone comes into contact with droplets from coughing or sneezing, or with saliva, says Johannesburg GP Dr Bibi Aysha Makda.

Bali – island of the gods

There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy in beautiful Bali
Lisa Mc Namara
Those in the know don’t recommend visiting Bali in January – it’s hot and humid, it rains and many Asians and Australians are on holiday, so resorts and beaches can be crowded. However, I was invited to attend a work function in Nusa Dua, South Bali and managed to convince my husband and youngest that a three-day visit to a country we had never been to would be worth the very long flight.

Escape to Nature

Wide-open spaces, abundant wildlife and exciting outdoor activities — we recommend a few of the best national parks to visit for a family holiday
Child Magazine

Sharing is Caring

Donated breast milk can give an at-risk baby a strong start in life, says the mom of prem baby Ashton
Lucille Blignaut
On the 25 November 2005, my son Ashton was delivered by emergency caesarean section. I was just six months and four days pregnant. Both our lives were in danger as I had developed severe pregnancy-related high blood pressure.

12 Ways of Staying in Touch with Faraway Family

Tips for helping your children build relationships with family and friends who live far away
Elaine Eksteen

Boredom-Busting Indoor Crafts

How to use common household items to keep children entertained during the winter holidays
Tamlyn Vincent
As the mid-year holiday gets underway, parents begin preparing for the inevitable: “Mom, it’s raining/cold/windy; there’s nothing to do.” Instead of letting the miserable weather get you and the children down, delve into your cupboards for odds and ends that can be used to keep them entertained indoors.

Finding Mary Poppins

Finding the right nanny or au pair to look after your child can be daunting. Here are some tips
Anél Lewis
Your child is precious to you, so finding the right nanny or au pair is one of the more important, and difficult, decisions you may have to make as a parent. I am fortunate to have the nanny who looked after me as a baby now caring for my daughter. I grew up with Jemima, and have no qualms about leaving my baby in her capable care. But most parents have to start the often-daunting search for a suitable person from scratch.

The Sweetest Thing

One dad admits that he indulges in the odd sweet craving, sometimes even stealing sugary treats from his daughters
Paul Kerton
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