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Summer is here!! Time to get your little one out of nappies and on to the toilet!!! If you have a child or educate children between 9 mths and 3 yrs then THIS WORKSHOP is for you!!


Come explore the relationship based approach to assisting your child in the development.

Brittany Darling

"I was completely stuck. Then I found Ferne. Within the first day she had my son sitting on the potty and cleaning up after himself. The second day she had him sitting on the toilet. A week on he went completely on his own after breakfast! We are completely over the moon and so proud of our little boy. Ferne taught me how to communicate with my toddler and has restored peace in our home! We cannot thank her enough."

Helen & Eric

"Parenting can be the toughest job in the World - Ferne taught us the tools that you should have been given when your child was born, to make the journey more enjoyable and give you the confidence in what you are doing as a parent" 

Kate Bright

"Ferne has provided us with practical parenting skills to help us to create a more harmonious and positive home environment. As well as sharing her wisdom, Ferne has also become a valuable friend of our family with her warmth, compassion and sense of humour and has always been available to chat when needed. We would highly recommend her skills and experience for any family." 


The Independent Child is all about helping children discover their “I can do it!” moments. Ferne van Zyl is a Montessori Educator who has over 30 years experience with babies and toddlers. Focusing on the fundamental principles of childhood development she takes a relational approach to provide practical guidance and support for parents and educators through workshops, individual consultations and mentoring.