Toddler care from 0 to 3 years (12 places)
Out-of-school care from 3-12 years (6 places)
In our childcare in Eupen we receive children aged 0-3 years. From Monday to Friday we look after the children from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Four carers take care of the well-being of all children, with one carer personally accompanying 4 children every day, so that each child can build a trusting relationship with their caregiver. It is very important to us that every child feels comfortable in our daycare center.
That is why we are planning a familiarization phase. This is as follows:
- on the first day we offer the parents an hour-long exchange with everyone involved (child-parent-childminder). Habits can be recorded. The child then stays on site with the other children and the childminder for one hour.
- On the second and third days, the child comes alone one morning and stays to eat together.
- On the fourth day, the child comes all day and experiences the daily routine together.
The familiarization phase can be adjusted according to the child’s needs.
If the child is absent for a longer period (illness, vacation, etc.), the childminder takes up the usual rituals in order to get the child used again. If necessary, a short familiarization phase can be repeated.
We speak German with the child and make sure that the words are appropriate for the child. We are also happy to address French-speaking children in their mother tongue. We consciously look at the child at eye level and speak in a loving and calm tone. When we speak to a child, we use the words "you" and "I" to raise awareness.
All processes are supported by an adapted language.
Stimulating questions should encourage the child to express his needs. We would like to take up the child’s moods and expressions and respond to them in accordance with the situation.
Upon arrival, the child has the opportunity to meet his needs in free play and to let his creativity run free. So the child can arrive in peace and in its rhythm.
We can observe the children and respond to their wishes or offer them age-appropriate activities (reading, puzzling, painting, building towers, and much more). In these activities, we can give each individual child the necessary attention, promote their autonomy and build or consolidate the childminder-child relationship. We pay attention to the child’s rhythm and do not interrupt it during the game phase.
The Arrivals and the farewell child ‘s meals, the put to bed as well as that Wrap are privileged moments in our work, in which we want to live the following rituals with the children:
It is very important to us that the arrival and the farewell go as well as possible for everyone involved. We try to ensure a smooth handover. It is advantageous if the parents allow enough time for this.
We greet each child and pay attention to them. The child should consciously experience the farewell in order to prevent possible separation pain. It is important for the child to see and hear that the mother / father is leaving.
Together with the child, the mother / father is said goodbye with a ritual (waving at the window). It is also important to us to have a brief exchange about the condition and any special features. Important information is recorded in writing so that it can be seen by all child minders. In this way we can respond to the child according to his needs.
Sufficient time should also be planned in the evening so that we can inform the parents about the day and special features together with the child. Changing is a special moment when the childminder can build closeness to the child. Depending on the age, the child is involved in the process by taking the utensils that are needed.
Meals are taken together depending on age. Here, too, we would like to let the child participate in the process by washing his hands, fetching his lunch box, setting the table, … A saying initiates the meal together. Before going to bed, the child is wrapped and placed in the sleeping bag. This is linguistically supported so that the child is prepared for an afternoon nap. We pay attention to the child’s natural sleep pattern.
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