Dr. Melodie De Jager

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Founder of both BabyGym & Mind Moves Institutes, Keynote Speaker & Developmental Specialist D.Phil (RAU)




Some call her approach to child development rather unusual, but it is exactly this novel and fun approach that makes her a respected leader in the field of child development.

Melodie’s education has been broad and diverse, ranging from a B.Prim.Ed (RAU) in 1982, a B.Ed Psych (RAU) 1985, M.Ed Psych (RAU) 1993 on maths and science learning readiness to D.Phil (RAU) 2005. Despite all her formal studies Melodie is quick to point out that most of her studies actually happened at home learning from her three children, Ruan, Waldo and Cozette, and the hundreds of children and babies she worked with in her private practice.

In 2005 Melodie founded the BabyGym® Institute and in 2007 the Mind Moves® Institute. She is actively involved in both Institutes promoting the importance of physical development to optimise brain and whole child/person development. In 2005 she was nominated by the American Biographical Institute for one of the “Greatest Women of the 21st Century”.

In 2007 her BabyGym programme won the DSA: VISIONS OF THE FUTURE award. In 2011 she was nominated for the Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year award in the Educators category. Apart from being the founder of various institute’s, a keynote speaker for many schools, governmental departments and corporates, Melodie is also the published author of 10 books, some of which have been translated into 6 different languages.

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