Villa Valentijn has preserved many of its beautiful historical features, including the old woodwork in each of our playgroups and our many inviting nooks and crannies. These are especially important for our children, as they prevent them from getting distracted and keep them focused on their game.
In our playgroups for younger and older toddlers, the children are given all the room they need to move around and make their own choices – this boosts their confidence and encourages their independence. The older toddlers have their own group with their own dedicated educational staff. We start every day with circle time, to prepare them for elementary school and make sure the transition is as smooth as possible. Circle time (where all the kids sit cross-legged on the floor) is the perfect opportunity for group communication: we call out the names, count the children, and combine text and images to promote social interaction.
Our verdant outdoor space beckons children to come out, play, and make discoveries, as well as providing them with the opportunity to spend time together or alone. We have sectioned off part of the yard for our infants, where they can play quietly, away from the older children and where they can easily make contact with older siblings across the low fences. A section of the balcony is reserved for our younger toddlers, who use it as a garden.