Suraya talks about her passion for children

Suraya Valgy, founder of The Magical Dollhouse Daycare and Baby Centre, with some of the children who attend the centre.

By Busi Vilakazi

The Magical Dollhouse Daycare and Baby Centre in Bez Valley was a dream come true for Suraya Valgy. When she opened the centre two years ago, she not only wanted to provide an environment where children from low-income households can be looked after during the day but, most importantly, to provide a multi-purpose skills centre where the children can broaden their minds.

“We live in different times. We have a multicultural society and busy lifestyles which affect how children are raised. At the centre we aim to fill the gaps that parents can sometimes miss,” said Suraya.

Suraya Valgy, founder of The Magical Dollhouse Daycare and Baby Centre, with some of the children who attend the centre.

The day-care centre is operating from a church in Bez Valley. Suraya said her next goal is to find permanent residence for the centre.

“We are renting and it is a challenge for us because we are limited to what we can do, because the space is not ours.

“We would appreciate if someone could sell us a property or offer a bigger space to use, because the current space is not enough,” said Suraya.

She said the ideal space for the centre would be one where they can have sports grounds, an area for a jungle gym, a play area and garden.

“I want the children to be able to play sport and have enough space to explore, as children learn through touching, seeing and feeling.

“We want to be able to plant and grow our own vegetables and herbs,” said Suraya.

She said her love for children is something she grew up with.

I love being around children – whether it is to give advice to teenagers or rolling on the floor and playing with the little ones. Even my husband is like me. We both love children,” said Suraya.

She believes working with children is a calling and the birth of her son was confirmation of this calling. “I was fussy when it came to my son and his development and care. I could not find what I felt as a parent was right for him. I was working and decided to resign and I started the Magical Dollhouse, because I saw that I can make a difference in children’s lives by bringing in methods that can accommodate all areas of their growth,” said Suraya.

Those who wish to support this centre can contact Suraya on 074 685 0309.



Busi Vilakazi

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