Toddler care; learning through play
A great place for your child to learn through play, embark on some fantastic adventures together, have fun and make some great first friends. Toddler care is ideal as half-day care and in the run-up to primary school. Hero Childcare Centres has approximately 27 toddler care locations spread across Haarlem and Spaarndam. So there will always be one near you.
Children are introduced to the daily rhythm of activities at our toddler care facilities and we challenge them to play. We all sing songs together, build things in the construction corner, complete puzzles and make cakes in the sandpit. A toddler’s world literally grows on a daily basis. New things they can and want to do are constantly being added.
But, at the same time, toddlers still need a great deal of security too. Enjoying a quick cuddle with a familiar face when things have just gotten a little bit too exciting. For most toddlers attending our facilities, it’s the first time they are spending that little bit longer away from their parents. It goes without saying seeing some familiar faces is definitely important to them. That’s exactly why we work with close-knit, small teams and fixed basic groups. We also allow sufficient time for the morning drop off and parents can stay a little longer if necessary. A group consists of no more than 16 toddlers.
The design of our daycare centers makes a major contribution to the pedagogical situation, it is even said that the design is the third pedagogue (the first is the child himself and the other children, the second the adults around the child). Children tend to start running in an empty space, while they play in a well-designed space. Playing means development, and offering opportunities for development is an important part of our pedagogical policy. Read more about how we design our daycare centers pedagogically at Hero kindercentra.
Types of care
We feel it’s very important to offer the kind of care which is best suited to your child and your family situation. That’s why you can choose from 2 different types of care.
We offer ‘standard’ toddler care at three different childcare locations spread across Haarlem and Spaarndam. These locations are set in primary schools, just like most other toddler care facilities. Your toddler is welcome to enjoy lots of fun activities with our pedagogical staff.
Ready to Start toddler care
Most of the Hero Children’s Centres’ toddler care locations work with the special Uk & Puk play and learn programme. This programme devotes extra attention to the children’s (language) development. We refer to this as Early Childhood Education (ECE). This will teach your child the Dutch language through play. It also teaches children how to effectively deal with rules and other children. All our pedagogical staff have completed special ECE training, in order to effectively guide and stimulate your child’s development. This will ensure your son or daughter is completely ready for the next step to primary school at the age of 4. You can read more about ‘Ready to Start toddler care’ here.
Looking for a toddler care facility near you? Then go to our location page.