Gaborone, Botswana 14 August 2019: Parents everywhere appreciate how kids’ TV shows provide some breathing space to take care of things in the home, but there are other reasons to give childhood TV-viewing the thumbs up. With over 10 kiddies’ channels on DStv, there’s no shortage of top-quality edutainment – cleverly combining education and entertainment – to encourage young viewers to learn a thing or two.
From preschool programmes that improve pronunciation and reading readiness, to shows for your avid science fiction fan that further inspire their subject interest, this list is full of age-appropriate options that make it beneficial to allow TV time in your home.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
It’s up to Detective Minnie, Secret Spy Daisy and Captain Clarabelle to team up and find the giant baby chicks before they get into big trouble in Mickey Park. The show reflects how helpful communities run and how friendships are built and sustained. It will be adored by little car enthusiasts.
Available on DStv Now and Disney Junior (DStv channel 309)
Peg + Cat
Peg + Cat is an animated preschool series in which the adorable Peg, her trusty sidekick Cat, and their lovable friends use music, rhymes and games to solve problems. Get the little ones thinking about bigger concepts, instil a love of learning and lay down the foundations for a happy maths future.
Available on DStv Now and PBS Kids (DStv channel 313)
Although it dates back to 1997, this multi-award-winning, pre-school series continues to delight and educate generations of littlies over twenty years later. Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po frolic and play in idyllic, colourful Teletubby land, helping children develop their physical, emotional and cognitive skills, and perfectly suiting their attention spans.
Available on DStv Now and CBeebies (DStv channel 306)
Another one for car-obsessed littlies, RoboCar Poli centres on the capable vehicular and human rescue team of colourful Brooms Town. Every episode, the rescue team saves characters from trouble, and, in the process, young viewers aged four to seven learn important lessons about personal safety and helping others.
Available on DStv Now and JimJam (DStv channel 310)
Based on the smash-hit football comic of the same name, Super Strikas provides young viewers with an inspiring cast of home-grown African sporting heroes. While the world’s greatest soccer team, the Supa Strikers, face and overcome multiple challenges, kids receive positive life messages about fair play, self-belief and teamwork.
Available on DStv Now and Disney XD (DStv channel 304)
Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide
For older kids, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide is a live-action series that tackles the concerns of young adults, such as popularity, school performance and confidence. For every teen problem, our hero Ned Bigby has a solution, helping his classmates (and himself) navigate the big changes of high school life.
Available on DStv Now and Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305)
In addition to TV series, there’s a special kids’ movie timeslot on M-Net (DStv channel 102) every Saturday at 15:30 CAT. This August, the family can sit down together, share a bowl of popcorn and enjoy films like superhero comedy, Teen TitansGo! To the Movies and sci-fi actioner, Mary Poppins Returns.
With strong themes of self-determination, friendships and knowledge sharing, Mary Poppins Returns explores the comeback of the magical nanny who returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael Banks’s children through a difficult time in their lives.
Remember that you can find all this entertainment, and more, on streaming platforms DStv Now and Showmax. Log in or download the apps today for all your – and your kids’ – favourite viewing anytime, anywhere.
Also, for those times you can’t monitor your kids, don’t forget you can still manage their viewing choices with built-in DStv parental controls. To ensure their TV habits are appropriate, simply press the DStv button on your remote to access Settings, and block channels and unsuitable language as desired.
For more information and to access the electronic program guide please visit: DStv.com.