The day care locations of Knotz Childcare are specifically for children aged zero to four years. At Knotz we think it is very important to give all the attention needed to support the development of confident young children. Our vision, “Explore together” plays a central part in this. Your son or daughter will get the chance to develop freely and will be stimulated by professionals in a safe, trusting and loving environment. Every group at the Knotz locations is specially designed for children. We pay attention to the fact that every child develops at his or her own pace in the first four years of life, at various levels. Besides personal development you can also think of the motoric, linguistic, socio-emotional and cognitive sensory development. Below you can read more about the different phases.
At Knotz we try to follow your baby’s feeding and sleeping rhythm as much as possible. We have separate bedrooms and your baby sleeps in his or her own bed. Babies get fed following their normal feeding pattern, provided by their parents. This gives them peace and confidence. When the children are awake, they get a lot of care and attention from our day care professionals.
We take the time to talk to the children and play together. We make jokes and imitate the sounds of the baby. We play little games like peekaboo, play with their feet, observe and laugh together. There is a lot of contact with babies in language, gestures and natural physical contact. This leads to emotional safety and security and stimulates their language development. We also follow the physical development of the baby: lying, sitting, rolling over, crawling and sometimes even walking – all the skills that children prefer to practice in a fun and playful way.
At this age children discover the world around them in phases, this happens both indoors and outdoors. Our staff offer them plenty of stimulating materials and activities like building with bricks and movement games, but also singing and dancing. The children get read to a lot, this stimulates their language development. The children also go on excursions. They start to understand what they are and aren’t allowed to do, and songs, riddles and poems get easier to remember. They practice their motor skills a lot, balancing gets more and more important, just like falling and getting up again. The fine motor skills also improve.
In this phase the first friendships develop and children are able to make fluent movements, encouraging playing together. The preschoolers run without falling and can climb on top of everything, they can also jump very well. Their fine motor skills continue to develop and they learn to close their zipper independently, tie their shoelaces, and build things with small materials. Arts and crafts help to enlarge the concentration span and to stimulate teamwork. The vocabulary of children expands and they start combining words into full (and funny) sentences. Their imaginary world and role playing is stimulated and most of all, they have a lot of fun. From the age of two children also get interested in toilet training.
Children aged O to 2 and 2 to 4 are divided into separate groups in the daycare centre. For the youngest, this creates more rest and regularity, the older children have more friends of the same age and can play at their own level. Because there is a smaller difference in age and developmental phase, interior, materials and activities can be matched better to the needs of the children.
The transition to the older group is a gradual process and the children get ample time to get used to the older group.
Children aged O to 4 are mixed in one group. In these groups children learn a lot from each other. The youngest see the older children carry out activities and try to copy them. Also, their linguistic skills are stimulated more. The older children sometimes even help our staff and learn to care for the younger children. Activities are adjusted to the age differences in the group and sometimes take place in smaller groups. In this way we make sure that the atmosphere stays good and that the children feel secure.
Bilingual day care
In addition to English education through the program “Benny’s Playground”, Knotz offers bilingual day care (Dutch-English) at Kindercentrum Knotz in Delft and Knotz Daycare in The Hague. The younger the children are when they start learning a new language, the better. Young children are open-minded and for them it’s a “game”. In every group English is offered in addition to Dutch. Many children who temporarily live in The Netherlands or Dutch children who will temporarily move abroad, learn the Dutch and/or English language through play. The linguistic sensitivity of young children is used optimally. Their vocabulary expands and their general cognitive abilities improve – such as memorising information and focusing attention.
The day-care worker makes an appointment with one or both parents for an intake interview. This will take place one month before the official starting date.
The intake interview will look like this: the (deputy) manager of the location will welcome the parent(s) and brings the parent(s) to the group in which the child will be placed.
The day care worker will inform the parent(s) about the daily routines. In detail, the sleeping habits and rhythm, eating habits and playing habits will be discussed. After this, dates will be planned on which the child can come to Knotz and get used to us. There is a lot of attention for an elaborated transfer when parents come to pick up and drop of their children. Our aim is to make the parents and child comfortable with our day care.
After this there is a conversation with the (deputy) location manager. She informs the parent(s) about our policies. Also, the parents will receive a welcome package.
When a child transfers to a next group, again ample time is taken to get familiar with the new group. The day care workers will consult the parents to make arrangements and the child will be slowly introduced to the next group during playtime.
Why choose Knotz day care:
- Pedagogic approach inspired by Reggio Emilia and Emmi Pikler
- Multiple locations in Delft and The Hague: always one nearby
- Choice of horizontal and vertical age groups
- Babies follow their own rhythm, just like at home
- A lot of attention for the development phases of the children with matching daily structures and activities
- Spacious locations with natural baby and discovery gardens
- Dutch and bilingual day care (Dutch – English)
- Variations types of day care (regular, flexible, half days, extended and various combinations)
- Parenting support
- EarlyBird certified for English education at an early age
- Including full service in terms of healthy nutrition, diapers, excursions and transportation
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