Why does Kindergarden use horizontal groups?

Did you know that a baby plays and learns with its whole body? Preferably in a calm environment? And that infants need to burn energy to develop strength and coordination? And toddlers? Yes, they mainly want to do everything by themselves. They learn to share through play and gradually start to understand their own responsibilities. In a nutshell: everything in every child’s world makes an impression – and everything also has influence. And that’s why our locations use horizontal groups.

Horizontal groups at Kindergarden

The children in our horizontal groups are all of a similar age. We offer baby, infant, toddler, and toddler plus groups. We work with horizontal groups because each developmental phase requires a different approach, and with such groups we can give your child all the attention they need.

For me, it’s a conscious choice to work with horizontal groups. It makes my work more fun and it gives me more time for the children. As they’re in the same developmental phase, I can get to work with them in a really targeted way.

Shanna Vermeer
Childcare staff

Our group structure

Each Kindergarden location has at least a baby, infant, and a toddler group, but often much more, depending on the size of the location. Where possible we also offer an older toddler group. Where this isn’t feasible, we organize specific activities tailored to the oldest toddlers.

Our horizontal group images

  • Climbing (and pulling) up on the baby group

    Zodra een baby kan kruipen hebben ze de neiging al te willen gaan klauteren en klimmen.

  • Climbing on the infant group

    Toddlers have an enormous need to move. They can climb and slide to their heart's content.

  • Climbing on the (older) toddler group

    Toddlers are developing and therefore also try to push their limits while climbing.

  • Playing at the older toddler group

    Toddlers are playing together more and more and our shop is the perfect meeting place for this!

  • Playing at the toddler group

    Imitation and fantasy often come together when the toddlers get to work in our kitchen corner

  • Playing at the baby group


    A large, flat play mat so that your child can develop from the supine position.

  • Playing at the infant group

    Always with its own climbing and clambering corner tailored to the development phase of a toddler

More information about our horizontal groups

We made a conscious decision to work with horizontal groups at our locations, so we can give each age group exactly the attention they need. We also adapt the location interior or our play equipment to create the ideal conditions. You can find more information here about our specific focus per age group or the adaptations we make, for example to our location interior.

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More information about our horizontal groups

We made a conscious decision to work with horizontal groups at our locations, so we can give each age group exactly the attention they need. We also adapt the location interior or our play equipment to create the ideal conditions. You can find more information here about our specific focus per age group or the adaptations we make, for example to our location interior.

Read more
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