Bink has opened two international daycare groups for children between the ages of 0 to 4 as of January of 2020 at our daycare location Toermalijn. Our bilingual daycare is primarily intended for children from international families. Our educational staff members actively speak English and Dutch fluently with the children.
Babies and toddlers experience different things whilst at daycare than at home: A daycare center is a place where children grow up together. They learn to play, share and help each other.
Our educational approach aims to allow every child to develop in its own way and at its own pace, this to reach his or her optimal potential with others.
Every child is unique, with his/her own temperament and preferences. We look at and listen carefully to every child; we do this to understand his/her individual needs and to ensure that each child feels safe, secure and has fun. This is the basis for optimal development.
Our educational staff members encourage the development of both Dutch and English by speaking both languages. Bink chooses for the OPOL method: One Person, One Language. Children who grow up with different languages at home are often used to using one language with one parent. We try to replicate this situation as much as possible.
At the beginning and the end of the day, English is spoken in order to be able to communicate about the day with parents as well as possible. When the group is ready and parents are no longer bringing or picking up their child, both languages will be spoken.
Bilingual daycare requires extra skills and knowledge, which is why our staff members receive extra guidance and coaching about bilingual language development and acquisition.
The international daycare group is Bink’s only vertical group, this being a conscious choice. As the international group is destined for parents who are temporarily in the Netherlands, the bond between brothers and sisters is more important than ever. They are at times the only children in a group who speak and understand their language. A brother or sister always creates a close connection to home.
A vertical group also provides continuity and consistency by allowing a child to keep and stay with their staff member, developing and maintaining bonds that are so essential for the well-being of international children.