Shopping for kids can be a real challenge at times; you might find you have to visit several different stores for different items. It's as if too many retailers stock for children as an afterthought- that is those who stock at all. However, there are some good ones, and we have compiled a list of ten of the best. Take a look, and use this to inform your next trip to the mall.
Babybop Kids was conceived in 2007 when the founder was having her first child, then brought into reality in November 2011. Their mission is to provide the best quality in baby products and services for our clients as they embark on the journey of motherhood by providing a wealth of experience garnered from a network of mothers. They provide baby gear, clothes for newborn- 12 yrs and toys.
Open: Mon - Fri: 10am to 6.30pm; Sat: 10am to 7pm.
Founded in November 2008, Simply Halal is a family business with a mission to provide quality products at affordable prices with exceptional customer service in a halal manner. They provide hospital packages, baby health and grooming items, bath & potty supplies, baby clothing and accessories, strollers, toys and educational items.
Open: Mon to Sat: 9.30am to 6.30pm.
Answers for Children claims to have everything you need for babies to preteens. These are the words of one excited customer/reviewer: "Amazing! After getting some cute newborn stuff for a friend, makes me want to have babies." They have a wide varietty of supplies from kids clothing and safety gear to sanitary products and educational toys.
Open: Mon - Fri: 9.30am to 6pm; Sat: 9.30am to 6.30pm; Sun: 11am to 4pm.
Adress: Shop 22, Tropical Plaza, Constant Spring Rd, Kingston 10
Phone: (876) 968-1108
Toyboxja is a Jamaican website which offers a wide variety of children's toys for ages from 1 to 10. Like other stores, this invention was born of necessity- two parents couldn't find a suitable gift for their son's classmate. Described as a family-friendly online store it allows clients to access a wide range of toys that can be browsed easily by adults and children alike.
Open: Sun - Sat: 9am to 7pm.
Taylor'd 4 babies opened its doors July 2012. Its mission is To help make the journey from pregnancy to motherhood as bumpless as possible. They offer free islandwide delivery, flexible layaway plans and discounts on registries. They promise to custom order an item if you need it but they don't have it in stock. They get mainly favourable reviews, one reviewer said this: "Honestly I can say overall experience deserves more than just 5 stars..."
Open: Mon - Sat: 10am to 6pm.
Kozy Korner offers sourcing of textbooks & stationery as well as book wrapping and delivery service in the corporate area. Co-Founders Farrah and Shapea started Kozy Korner to help address the challenge of getting back to school books and school supplies. According to one happy customer, "My son LOVES everything Kozy, from his text books to his Quarterly Kozy Box subscriptions..."
Open: Mon - Sat: 9am tto 6pm.
Address: Shop 3, Vision Plaza, 3A Central Avenue, Kingston 10
Phone: (876) 574-5611
NK Kidz stocks children's clothing from trusted brands for babies to pre-teens. Of course they also supply school bags and lunch bags. Brands they stock include Gap, Old Navy, Carters, Gymboree and Oshkosh. They also have accessories. One parent/customer expressed her satisfaction thus: "I like it got my newborn clothes there and loved it."
Open: Mon - Thu: 10am to 7pm; Fri - Sat: 10am to 8pm.
Gabby's claims to take care of kids from the womb to 17 yrs. They provie baby-sitting referral, classes in playing musical instruments, catering for kiddies parties, school pickup service, tutoring, home childproofing service, and dance classes. They sell candies, party supplies, bedding for children, maternity clothing, school textbooks and more. They also rent party chairs, tents, bounce-abouts etc.
Open: Mon - Fri: 7am to 9pm; Sat: 7am to 7pm.
Lee's Fifth Avenue was founded in 1965. It is a store for the whole family- men, women and children. So yes, you can go to the kiddies section for back to school wear or casual or formal wear for children. As they do for adults, they pledge to continue to bring the best of the fashion and apparel industry, at the most affordable prices available, keeping assortments fresh and updated.
Open: Mon - Sat: 10am to 7pm; Sun: 11am to 4pm.
SAnde's trades in clothing for children, from newborn to toddlers (6yrs old). No physical store, orders are taken via Whatsapp after you view pictures. They do get lots of positive reviews on their Facebook page. One customer remarked: "Very affordable and high quality stuff. Customer service is also top class. Great place to shop!!!" And another was even more exuberant: "By far the best customer service I've had."
Address: Spanish Town Rd, Kingston
Phone: (876) 867-6471
As parents on the go, we need a little help sometimes in finding the best, most reliable preschool or kindergarten for our children. And given the importance of those early years, we cannot settle for anything but the best. We know this, 'cause we're parents too.
We have prepared a list here for you that should help you decide.
Kangaroo Care Preschool and After Care which started on July 3, 2017 has as its mission: "To provide premium quality childcare services that will foster boundless cognitive and substantial growth and development for the children in our care." That's a good start. They accept children from 3 months to 3 years old and offer healthy meals and a great extracurricular program which includes swimming, football, ballet and Spanish club.
Open: Mon - Fri: 7am to 7pm
Smurfs has been in operation for 29 years and they cater to children from 3 months to 6 years. Their mission statement says they are committed to the development of every child’s full potential. They claim to be able to achieve this objective through, among other things, their emphasis on planned activities, which are age appropriate fun and interesting. They do potty training for the young ‘uns and they use the ministry of education curriculum for the pre-schoolers. They offer Spanish, swimming, music, karate, gymnastics and more, so kids should be fairly rounded.
Open: 7am to 6pm
Jamaica House Basic School was established in 1974 and is the first institution in Kingston and St. Andrew to be certified by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC). What this means is that the school has met the required standards in respect of the 12 areas stipulated. These relate to staffing, developmental and educational programmes, interactions and relationships with children, physical environment, indoor and outdoor equipment, furnishing and supplies, health, nutrition, safety, children’s rights, protection and equality, interactions with parents and community members, administration and finance. It’s just a basic school so children have to be 3 by December to start in September. After care may be accessed next door from a facility called Mom’s love.
St Richards Early Childhood opened its doors on September 9, 1985. It operates a child care service and pre-school. They claim to be committed in fostering good values and attitudes in the minds of young children. They offer sign language, Spanish, swimming, smart room with interactive white board, fully operational computer labs and clean spacious learning environment.
Open: Mon - Thu: 7am to 1pm; Fri: 7am to 12noon
Closed: Sat and Sun
Crayon College claims to provide an interactive, age-appropriate education for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. And these days, the importance of age-appropriate cannot be overstated. They are registered with the Ministry of Education and the Early Childhood Commission and offer dancing, drama, football, sign language and potty training. They have diploma trained teachers, and there are doctors on call. And they offer 3 hot meals daily.
Open: Mon - Fri: 7am to 7pm.
Little Busy Bee describes themselves as an ideal institution for busy parents on the go. They are open to ages 6 weeks to 6 years old and they offer after care services for which you are invited to call for details. One happy customer had nothing but kind words: “I love this place ! I have a 2 year old n she been there for over a year now,she has improved greatly, not to mention the teachers,they are like family to my daughter n I.”
Open: Mon - Fri: 6.30am to 8pm
Closed: Sat & Sun
Kids Choice has a cool mission: “To create a place of safety; so that every child can not only have fun, but grow in a loving - spiritually fulfilled environment.” And that’s just a part of it. Check their Facebook page for more on that. Services provided include: Daycare, Preschool, Early Childhood, After- School Care, Saturday class/care, Extra Lessons & Extra Curricular Activities. Extra Curricular activities include Computer Class, swimming, dancing, football, track & field, netball, rugby and music.
Open: Mon - Fri: 6.30am to 6pm; Sat: 8.30am to 3pm. Closed: Sun.
Address: 8 McArthur Ave. & 65 Waltham Park Rd. Kgn
Phone: (876) 758 181
Bright Start claims to be an innovative preschool and child care company focusing on the individual needs of each child. They invoke the mantra from the Bush era, no child left behind which is dead in the US where it started, but it would be good if they can keep it alive here in Jamaica at Bright Start. They assert that they understand that the early years of childhood development are the most critical for the success of every child. They accept children from 3 months to 5 years and offer real time monitoring camera system where parents are allowed to securely access the rooms appropriate to their child only.
Open Mon - Fri: 7am to 6pm; Closed: Sat & Sun.
Address: 20 Mona Rd, Kgn
Phone: (876) 970-4330
Kidz R Us Academy launched August 11 this year is a childcare facility which is committed to providing a warm and positive home-like environment for children aging from 0-4 years old. Having just started, they do not have much of a track record, but their offerings are a big pull. These include social skills, early math, exciting reading programme, kindergarten readiness, physical development, small class size and A/C rooms. From its website (one of only two on this list) it is an international company, which should be a plus.
Open: Mon - Fri: 6am to 6pm
Building Blocks began operations on September 1, 1995. The mission of Building Blocks is to introduce toddlers to the learning experience by providing a loving and comforting environment while academically and emotionally preparing them for the next stage in their educational journey. They offer football, ballet, tennis, swimming, sign Language, Spanish and more.
Open Mon - Fri: 7.30am to 2.20pm
Address: 82 Lady Musgrave Rd, Kgn
Phone: (876) 978-8150