We work with a development plan, which describes plans for various topics that concern the children. Various activities are undertaken and, where necessary, certain materials or spatial adjustments are chosen.
The development plan for the baby groups focuses on offering activities that stimulate the senses optimally. Babies react to feeling, light and sound by moving. This process is called sensomotor development. The senses (senso) and motor skills (motor) are inextricably linked. Sensory-motor development forms the basis for overall development and plays an important role in children’s emotional development, how they learn and acquire knowledge and how their social and mental development proceeds. Around the 14th month, toddlers work hard on their fine motor skills and are often able to place or tuck things in a specific way. All the activities in the development plan for the baby groups are based on the way babies and toddlers develop and the stimulation they need.
The development plan for the toddler groups is based on eight themes and the four seasons. In addition to spring, summer, autumn and winter, activities are organised on the basis of, for example, ‘around the world’, ‘animals’ and ‘vehicles and traffic’. The activities are divided into several sub-themes each week, such as art and crafts, fantasy play, nature experience, sports and movement, and experiential learning. The activities are very diverse and stimulate and awaken all areas of development. For children aged 3 and up, a separate development plan has been developed to prepare them for primary school in a playful manner. Besides the theme-related activities, numbers, letters, art, culture and the English language are also introduced. Besides yoga, music, visual arts, dance and gymnastics, a monthly lesson in mindfulness is offered.