It all started…
The Moms and Tots Group was founded in 1993 by Petra Lombard after she became aware of the keen interest of mothers to learn more about how to stimulate their young child in a healthy and balanced way. Since then, the Moms and Tots Group has not only grown to become one of South Africa’s most popular Educational Franchises providing child-parent workshops and toddler playgroups, but has also expanded internationally.
Meet Petra Lombard
Petra, the founder of the Moms and Tots Group and a qualified B.Prim. (Ed) teacher, ran her own Moms and Tots Workshop for 13 years after which she ran her own Jungle Tots Educational Playgroup for 11 years. Motivated by her love for children, especially those from disadvantaged communities, she founded the Mother Touch Academy. A non-profit organisation that provides pre-school educational services to children of the impoverished Diepsloot community in Gauteng.
Petra has since left the bright lights of Johannesburg behind and currently lives with her husband, Esly Lombard, on a farm near Hanover. This mom of two grown daughters never stops giving back to her local community. Once a week she teaches a Jungle Tots class to 80 disadvantaged children from the Hanover community in the local library, before serving them a meal. Petra also teaches a weekly Moms and Tots Workshop class to mothers and toddlers from the surrounding farming community in the Hanover Hotel.
In collaboration with Nicky Lasch (Paediatric Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapist) and Kate Bailey (Occupational Therapist) they developed the Moms and Babes Workshop programme in 1999. By pooling their expertise these ladies developed a comprehensive play activity stimulation programme for babies.
Kate Bailey is a highly qualified and specialised Occupational Therapist, who has been working in the area of Paediatrics since 1986. She has specialised in the areas of Sensory Integration, Neurodevelopmental Therapy and DIR/Floortime. Kate presently works with babies, toddlers and young children who are at risk due to Prematurity, Developmental delay, Syndromes, Sensory Regulatory Disorders, Sensory Integration Disorders, Neurological Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Cortical Visual Impairment and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
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Nicky has been qualified as a Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapist for 27 years, working specifically in the field of Paediatrics. Nicky treats babies and young children with Developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, Prematurity, Autism spectrum disorders and various Syndromes. She is passionate about educating and guiding parents to work with their babies in optimising their physical development.
Nicky’s love for creativity, music and dance is reflected in her therapy space as she ‘scaffolds’ the children and their parents, both physically and emotionally.
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