The IJburg neighborhood is a very child-friendly area surrounded by water on the outskirts of Amsterdam, and you’ll find its wide-open spaces reflected in our after-school club, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant high ceilings. Since we believe in listening to the children, we run all activities by them first – this creates a lovely and homey atmosphere with a strong “feel-good vibe.”
When it comes to activities, we always offer the children a choice between two alternatives (they can read on the noticeboard what’s on for that day). We always offer children the opportunity to provide their own input or spend some “me-time” in a corner before joining the others. The 8+ group has its own separate corner where they can retreat if they like to, plus their own noticeboard on which they write down the activities for the entire week. During the special themed weeks, we cook, do crafts, and engage in various physical activities together.
Over the summer months we let the children participate in lots of sports, and during the winter period we have snowball fights – while indoors we keep the kids entertained with artificial snowballs, discos, and various performances. We have a small platform that we use as a stage for the performances the kids put together themselves.
You’ll find the Steigereiland after-school club on the edge of IJburg, near the A10 highway.