Setup and activities: why do we do it like this?

Having fun! It’s great to have the confidence to make your own choices so you can discover your talents. Where better for children to do that than an inspiring and challenging environment, in which they also receive guidance and encouragement from caring and specialized staff? Our after-school care locations offer your child all the space they need to let off steam after school.

So many activities, so much variety

After school, children just feel like chilling out, exercising, and playing with their peers. They can do all that at our after-school care locations. Unlike the daycare centers, the age differences between the after-school care children can reach up to eight years. And a child of four certainly needs different supervision and challenges than a child of nine. That’s why we split our activities into junior (four to six years) activities and senior (seven+) activities, or we adapt the activity accordingly. 

Cooperating in groups

How do we do that? Well, the children aged four to six will maybe chop ingredients for a cooking activity, while the older children use these to make delicious loempias or sushi. And, of course, we all enjoy devouring the end result. This ensures that each age group gets just the right kind of attention and challenge they need. And because we work in groups, the children help each other and learn from each other. 

We’ve considered everything

After-school care is spare time, so it’s important that the children have fun. And we combine that fun really well with challenge and development. We offer various spaces and corners, where possible. And there’s a logical reason behind everything we do, whether that’s chilling out or encouraging them to exercise, undertake activities and/or express themselves. Take our Hoe? Zo! (How? Like this!) Lab. This is where the children investigate and experiment, take care of animals and plants, build and learn, and keep on discovering. Our young scientists marvel over the new things they find.

It’s always great to see both boys and girls registering for our Hoe? Zo! (How? Like this!) Lab. I set up different activities every day such as experiments or growing plants. They immediately set out on a voyage of discovery, often without instructions.

Childcare staff BSO at Kindergarden

Learning from each other

Children learn most from each other. They imitate each other, but they also provide each other with continuous feedback, which makes them reflect on the things they do. Younger children are challenged to keep going that bit further, particularly as they often end up in groups with children who are a little older. Friendships also play an important role here. The first, true friendships often start at an after-school care or during the after-school care age. Belonging to a group gives children so much self-confidence. They learn to work together, resolve conflicts, and set boundaries. And the great thing is that this often just happens through their interaction. 

Relationship with after-school care staff

We create a really warm climate in which each child feels safe. Our staff encourages the children to discover how to use the after-school care materials and space, observing and redirecting them where necessary. They explain things, which is good for language development, help the children resolve issues themselves and help them to play together. As our children build good relationships with our childcare staff, our staff set a good example for them. 

Related info

Each age needs a different approach.

As children’s needs differ per age phase, all our after-school care locations offer the following age groups, enabling us take into account the differences in the children’s development, interest, and age.

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From small to large after-school care locations

Each Kindergarden location is unique. This is due to the team composition and the space available at the location. Some after-school care locations have one space available, whereas others have up to ten specific rooms.

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