Our pedagogy

 

Freedom of movement

At kidsCare, we let the children move about and position themselves as they wish.
We know that babies learn about themselves and by themselves thanks to movement. It is not necessary to teach or help them. They cover all the stages of their development in harmony with their abilities, at their own rhythm and with their own small steps. This helps them gain self-confidence and self-esteem.

In a secure environment with an abundance of various materials, children move about with ease and caution, pursue their objectives and devise projects within their own capacity. Movements and positioning facilitate handling experiment, which in turn facilitate cognition and harmonious personality development. The body moves, the hands are busy, the child is focused, his/her senses awakening.

A quality relationship to adults

Children can only dedicate themselves to independent activities when they are healthy and when they can rely on care and on attention.

Adults looking after the children at KidsCare commit themselves to the relationship and play a completing role to the family. The key educator takes a profound interest in the child she looks after. She observes his/her development; she construes his/her demands, anticipates his/her progress and adapts the environment to his/her needs.

Meals, hygiene care and moments of exchange and dialogue with the key educator are essential for a child's building his/her self-esteem.

Adults looking after the children at KidsCare commit themselves to the relationship and play a completing role to the family.

The adaptation period... for parents and babies

The adaptation period for the parents and the baby should ideally last 1 to 2 weeks. One of the two parents accompanies their child to the crèche and stays with him/her in order to help establish a level of trust and confidence with the key carer.

At kidsCare, we rely on the capacity of a child to adapt, but we do not take it for granted:
« Dear parents, please do not drop off your child at the crèche too early without a safety net. Please take into account the adaptation period in your professional planning ».

Later on, please do not hesitate to enquire about what happened during the day. Your child key carer will be pleased to tell you about every interesting moment. We write down all anecdotes of the day for you.

 

The activities

Independent activities, experiment, sorting, collecting, jigsaws, rolling objects, assembling toys, toys for pushing and pulling, sound instruments, ... the simplest the object, the best the discovery and the experiment.

Role-play, minibus or town bus outings, drawing, painting, movement coordination activities, story telling, song singing, music, sensory activities, on his/her own or within a group, but always with a great sense of freedom...

Children want to grow up. It is a vital need. They want to “do it themselves” and “do it like the grown-ups”. They dedicate a great deal of patience and perseverance to reach their goal. Everyday practical activities help develop these qualities, they promote precision of movement and self-sufficiency and lead children to integrate social life rules.

Sensory activities indirectly prepare children to writing, reading and mathematics. They open straight to the world.

The great outdoors, there’s nothing like it! Children need to get out and about. It enables them to discover nature and strengthen their physical defences. The more they go out, the less they get ill.

Social integration

When children are growing up in the crèche or in their family, they are gradually confronted with social rules that make living together easier. These rules allow them to be free and independent within the framework that is given to them. As well as for space and time management, this framework constitutes a landmark for children.
In our crèches and kindergartens, rules are the result of a team work: they are clear, adapted to the children abilities, they make sense to them and are persistent.
« We never allow a child something that we would forbid later ».

Mealtime is a moment of pleasure and of learning about social life. Children eat everything that suits their taste and their appetite. We never force-feed them:
« Never a spoonful more than is enjoyable, never a spoonful less than the appetite desires » said Emmy Pikler.

Crockery is breakable! A good reason to be careful and to properly handle it. A responsible exercise and awareness about consequences. Setting the table, using cutlery, pouring water, filling their plate, assessing their appetite, measuring quantities, clearing the table ... Not easy for a 3-year-old but so interesting!

And after the meal –wash, brush teeth, go to the loo and yippee.... into bed for a refreshing nap.

The children start to dress and undress by themselves. We give them time to do it on their own... and we help them when they ask for it.

Learning to negotiate, asserting one’s position, respecting others, this is what socialisation in the crèche is all about.

« We never allow a child something that we would forbid later ».
 
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