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Under floor heating!

Wow EcoKids!! You are going to be so snuggly and warm in winters. Thanks to Patrick (my wonderful Dad), who has insisted on installing an under floor heating system that works with special tubing, layed out in a grid system before the concrete floor is cast.

This is, and I quote the experts, “the most effective form of heating a room”!!  It works with a heat pump which pumps hot water through the tubes, heating the floor our little bums (and I mean the children’s), will grace :lol:

It was an ENORMOUS task, laying 1600m of tubing and using app.2400 cable ties! I must have done at least 1000 squats this long weekend and am feeling stiff and achy, but hugely satisfied!


Thanks to Dad, for being our Ring Leader!

Thank you Tiago for being his star cable tie assistant and my ever faithful and fabulous photographer xxx

Ryan for designing the best methods of unrolling rolls of tubing and tying many, many cables!

Tim for helping with the tying!

Lucas for helping out whenever we have been AWOL.

And especially Mom, for feeding all us starving workers and babysitting all the children!

What a fabulous family!!

Please see the BUILDERS BLOG and SPONSORS page for more info on the HEATING SYSTEM



Roll form factory

The steel for the school is being roll formed block by block. Here are a few pictures of the art studio walls being moulded into shape.

Fascinating place and an incredible process!

Welcome to the Moms and Babes – Benoni Blog

Dear Moms,

Finally a space for you to post info, share pictures, thoughts and funny stories or bits of advice between yourselves.

The blog is moderated so you may not see your entry post immediately, but it should be up within 24hours (depending on how much sleep I skip)!!

From my side: I never thought I would find myself doing anything like Moms and Babes and yet it is the most exciting and rewarding career I could ever hope for. I look forward to seeing the babies smiling faces week after week, watching them grow and develop so quickly. I get such satisfaction when I see that Moms have learnt something worthwhile or grown in confidence. I love it that the Moms forge friendships and gain as much from the social aspect of Moms and Babes as their babies do… but most of all, I am so proud of all the Moms who are helping their babies develop to their full potential.


Thank you for being a part of Moms and Babes!

love Anita

Recycling for the ReMedia!

Hi Everyone!

I know I have been promising for a while to let you know exactly what kinds of material I am looking to collect for our creative library of recycled media. So I gathered some samples from the collection and took a photo! Can you imagine all the wonderful creating we can do with materials such as these:

Creavtive Recycling Material









  • round boxes and tubes
  • artificial flowers
  • balloon sticks
  • triangle shaped boxes
  • paper plates and doilies
  • organza jewel bags
  • interesting natural items like shells, feathers, seeds, sticks, cool rocks and driftwood
  • interesting packaging material like the cardboard corner protector in the picture
  • scrap rope and colourful wire
  • scrap string and ribbon
  • old puzzle pieces
  • interesting bottles like the pro-biotic yoghurts in this pic
  • The base of Coke, Sprite and Stoney 2l bottles (clear, green and brown)
  • the wheel from the top of feta cheese
  • colourful feathers, and fabric pieces
  • old Christmas decorations
  • old or unwanted buttons
  • old gift bags
  • straw, raffia, netting
  • clips from bread, corks

Please make an effort to support the creativity of your children! There is nothing that engages the brain more than creating from scratch!