International daycare Toermalijn is located in the heart of Erfgooierskwartier, within walking distance of the Westerheide and at a short distance from the Mediapark. The group locations of this bilingual daycare are bright and open, with separate designated activity areas where children are free to play and discover. A large open toddler play area is located on the lower level. Toermalijn’s outdoor playground gives children plenty of space and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, complete with a sand box, lots of grass and a willow tree tunnel. There are two international groups: one for children aged 0 to 3 and one for children aged 2 to 4.
For our International daycare we chose the OPOL method: One Person, One Language. Children that 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. Our educational staff members actively speak English and Dutch fluently with the children. We start and finish of the day primarily in English due to communication with the parents. Bilingual daycare requires extra skills and knowledge, which is why our staff members receive extra guidance and coaching about language development.