The History of Toptots
“If there is a measure of good parenthood, it could be when your children exceed your own achievements.” – Tom Haggal
Toptots was started at the end of 1994, in response to a need felt for parents
to be able to meet other parents, and learn how to have quality interaction with their children. Liesel Capper founded the original Toptots Mother and Child programme which she lead for the first five years before selling to Liz Victor and Pat Rehm, who reworked the programme extensively.
The new Toptots programme has been well researched and was developed by Liz Victor and her previous business partner Pat Rehm. Together they built Toptots into the leading Early Childhood development programme that it is today.
Liz operated from Durban and held a Higher Diploma in Education as well as a further Educational Diploma with Remedial Education. Liz also had a certificate in business administration. She had done courses in infant message and was a reputable BabyGym instructor. Liz taught for 9 years before opening a Toptots in Westville, Durban.
Liz was constantly involved in research to upgrade and maintain the quality of the programmes that Toptots has become famous for, at the same time operating a very successful franchise. This meant that Liz had a hand on approach as to what the parents really needed, what children liked to do to learn and what activities make for the success of a class. It was her constant contact with parents, children and franchisees that makes the Toptots programme so special. Liz also co-wrote the book “Play Learn Know” with Dr Melodie de Jager which is available at all leading bookstores and through the Toptots branches. She also made regular television appearances discussing all aspects of early childhood development. Unfortunately Liz passed away in July 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Before her passing she set into place a strong team to carry on forward with her legacy of Toptots.
The Toptots programmes have been endorsed by paediatricians, psychologists and occupational therapists, to mention a few of the professionals who have had access to the programmes.
Since the day it opened, the business has shown strong, continued growth. There are now 25 franchised Toptots workshops across South Africa and one very strong franchise in Dubai.
At Toptots, we believe in continually improving our product to meet the demands of our clients, are in strong support of our team members, and partake in vigorous marketing, all to promote our underlying philosophy of ‘Grow with Love’.
We have a very powerful support program in place, and will guide you every step of the way with our practical, hands-on approach. Our work is making sure that the members of our Toptots team are happy in their business, and to make sure that the business helps them achieve whatever their personal goals may be.
~ To find the special gifts in each child, to set them on the road to success with love.
~ To enrich the lives of children, to give them a head start in life and help them reach their full potential.
~ To honour the work that parents do with their children. We believe that being with your children, and being involved in their lives with love, is the single most important thing that you will ever do with your life. We hope to help grownups understand their children better, and to promote the bond of love between parents (or caregivers) and children.
~ Children are the most important assets that a country has. We aim to spread love across Southern Africa, and to positively influence the lives of thousands of children and their parents.
~ For our Toptots team members to be successful, enthusiastic, and committed to the same goals.
~ For each Toptots team member to benefit from the energy and knowledge being created by their own contribution. To maintain a strong team spirit, and open channels of communication.
~ We strive to always provide excellent service to our parents and children, to achieve superior standards of operation, and excellence in our provision of education. All the things that you do with your life end when your life ends, except for what you do to shape and create the future. Children represent unlimited potential for the future. By positively influencing a child, you will change the destiny of the world into infinity.
“All children wear the sign: “I want to be important NOW” Many of our juvenile problems arise because nobody reads the sign.” ~ Dan Pursuit