EDUCATIONAL POLICY PLAN

preface

Childcare Belle & het Beest offers small-scale home care for various households, so that parents can work or study. I, Sadhna Janki, founded it in November 2018.
My childcare is of high quality and supports every child with good development. I think this is very important, because especially in the early years of life there are essential developments that determine the rest of life.

As a childminder, I take care of children for a large part of the week and with that I make an important contribution to education. That is a great task, which also entails responsibility. Fortunately, I create a safe, loving and familiar environment for the children, so that they quickly feel at ease with me.

Content of this pedagogical policy plan
In this pedagogical policy plan you will get acquainted with my vision on childcare and read more about my core values. Then I will discuss the four pedagogical educational goals that I use as starting points. Then follows an introduction to the development of the child and I pay attention to the daily care of the child. Finally, you can read how I deal with accidents and illness.

This policy plan concerns the care of children aged 0 to 4 years, but also the care of children aged 4 to 12 who come to me for out-of-school care. With concrete examples I try to give a picture of the development of the young and older child.

Raising children involves much more than the text in this plan can contain. In any case, I hope to provide sufficient information about the developmental stages that the child is going through and how I respond to this as a childminder with a sensitive and open attitude.

Mission and vision
Thanks to my care in a small-scale and homely environment, I, like the parents, build up a secure bond with the child. In this way, children feel safe and can discover the world in freedom. I have an eye for the individuality of each child and I anticipate children who need extra care. Together with the parent, I look for what the child needs for his or her talent development. Together we discover what the child is good at, from there developing self-confidence and continuing to work on other development areas.

My three important core values
The three main pillars of my childcare are:

  • A secure bond
  • An eye for the individuality of the child
  • Talent development

I always approach children in a respectful way from the child's perception. In doing so, I take into account the individuality and individuality. I also guide the child in dealing with adults and other children and teach him or her to have an eye for detail and things in nature.
I give children the space and the opportunity to develop themselves broadly and to acquire skills that match their own interests. This way I stimulate them to grow towards independence and responsibility.

When I see that children excel in something, it is a challenge for me to come up with a fun activity. An activity that suits the child, for example a knowledge quiz at a certain level, learning to play music or cooking or baking something they have not made before.

The four pedagogical basic goals

Since 2001, raising children in childcare has been recognized as a living environment between the family and the school. Marianne Riksen-Walraven, professor of pedagogy for childcare, is the founder of this principle.

School, parents and childminders all have the same goal:
Give children the opportunity to develop into adults who later find their place in our society and function in a healthy way with their own capabilities. Everyone in the children's living environment contributes to this in their own way, depending on the development phase and living environment of the children.

Common goals for education
On the basis of what children need for their well-being and development in the first years of life, Marianne Riksen-Walraven has formulated common basic goals for upbringing in childcare and the family.

The four basic goals included in the Childcare Act:

  1. Provide physical and emotional security
  2. Provide development opportunities for personal competences
  3. Provide development opportunities for social competences
  4. Socialization and internalizing values and norms
  5. Provide physical and emotional security
    By responding to signals and needs, a child can experience emotional safety. It is important to take into account character, individuality, mood and development phase.
  6. Provide development opportunities for personal competences
    Personal competences mainly relate to independence, self-confidence, creativity, resilience and flexibility. Children get a grip on their environment through exploration and play. Exploration provides new possibilities for action in the child.
  7. Provide development opportunities for social competences
    This mainly concerns the development of social knowledge and skills, such as communication and collaboration. This also includes entering into conflicts with others and devising solutions. It is important for children to start with this as early as possible, so that they also deal with it very consciously later.
  8. Socialization and internalizing values and norms
    Norms and values play an important role in the education of children. With verbal and non-verbal communication they show what they think of a situation. Picking up this communication is very important to me. As a result, I become more connected with the child and I can respond to his or her wishes and needs. With this I stimulate development.

 

My pursuit of the four pedagogical basic goals
As a childminder, I lovingly stimulate social development. I do this by bringing children into contact with other children and by giving them the space to discover things. This is how I create a sense of security.
In addition to a flexible and professional working attitude, working openly requires great enthusiasm and empathy. I create a climate in which every child comes into its own, with the care and attention he or she deserves.

Every child needs warmth, love and a hug and I like to give them. I also address children at eye level to give the child a safe and familiar feeling.

 

Child tracking system

With a child tracking system, specially developed for children aged 0-4 years, I structurally map out the development opportunities for each child. If parents want to make use of this, this will be discussed during the initial interview.

Signaling striking behavior
I work with the protocol 'Signaling striking behavior'. Observation forms in this regard are only used when there is a striking and / or deviant behavior in a child. Based on observation, it can be determined whether a child needs extra attention. It is important to remain alert to children's signals. Children with a disadvantage, normal development and children with a head start may need extra care and attention.

Semi-annual evaluations
During my six-monthly evaluations I check with the parents how the children are doing and I also explain how I deal with children in certain situations. I accurately record everything on an evaluation form.
As a result of the evaluation, it is important to see whether an action plan is needed and which guidance suits a child best. An expert can be involved in this.

Early and Preschool Education

As a childminder I am VVE certified at Timpaan Education. With this certificate I can work with all VVE methods such as 'Pyramid' and 'Uk and Puk'.

This means that I can offer children various activities in preparation for school. If children are lagging behind or just ahead, I can also respond to that. I offer customized activities for this. During VVE activities I always work with a theme.

VVE presentation
I made a PowerPoint presentation especially for parents. This is a review of the VVE course that also shows the VVE activities that I have done with children. The presentation also answers a number of frequently asked questions from parents and shows which VVE activities parents can do themselves. I would like to give the presentation. Parents can sign up for this.

Childcare during school

In the morning, if necessary, I bring the school-going children to their school.
Then I start the day with the little ones. We are going to play outside or at home.

At 9:30 we sit at the table and the children eat a rice cake with a piece of fruit and a cup of water. Then there is time for clay, reading a book or playing with Duplo. I often do short games and dances with the children, which is usually also possible with babies.
At 11:30 am we have lunch and after that it is time for the little ones to go to bed. When these are in bed, I play a game with the other children or read a book.
At 14:15 it is time to pick up the big children from school.
At around 2:30 PM, all children receive a cookie / candy with a glass of lemonade. Usually there is some tinkering afterwards or we go outside.

At 17:30 or 18:30 the parents return home and the fun childcare day is already over.

 

During the day, for the peace and atmosphere in the house, I find it pleasant to have background music or an audio book. This is often the Fairytale Forest, Jungle Book or one of the other Disney songs.

Activities during school weeks

During school weeks we do many fun activities. For example, we go to:

  • Petting zoo Park Weezenlanden
  • The city and library
  • Playground Bestevaer or the Schellerdriehoek
  • The pet store

Activities are often linked to the season, a specific theme or a specific holiday. I often think of something 'out of the blue'. Or do I ask the children what they like about a certain theme. We often also do short games, dances and treasure hunts.

I try to limit the use of TV or film, because there are so many other fun things to do.

Holiday weeks

During holidays I have adjusted working hours because children are at home during the day. My working hours are then determined in consultation with the parents.

During the school holidays we often bake something tasty or do more extensive activities, such as looking for flowers ourselves and making perfume. Especially for older children it is fun to be creative and tinker with things from nature.

 

Allergies and Nutrition

I work with an allergy and diet form on which parents can fill in whether their child has an allergy and which it is. It can also be indicated whether a child is following a diet and what must be taken into account during childcare.

During the reception I also try to take healthy food into account as much as possible.

At lunch, the children can first have a sandwich with savory and then a sandwich with sweet. I notice that this is also an everyday rule for parents.
The snacks are often healthy in the morning and in the afternoon the children can choose a cookie or candy. Sometimes a healthy snack is given.

Festive activities

I always pay a lot of attention to holidays. This can be done with a craft, baking something tasty or just making a nice present for the parents. During Christmas and Sinterklaas, extra activities are started for several weeks. Even when it is a child's birthday, I pay extra attention to it.

Media wisdom

Children always enjoy watching a movie or playing a game on the iPad, Wii or PlayStation. With older children, who play independently, I check whether the game is suitable for age.

In consultation with parents, I make agreements about the times with regard to media use.

 

Rules within Childcare Beauty and the Beast

Within my shelter I work with clear rules and structure. By being consistent, children know where they stand. If parents prescribe certain rules, I of course also apply them. I make agreements with the children about hygiene, safety, social interaction and self-reliance.

In the case of unauthorized behavior, the child is addressed with constructive words and in the case of good behavior the child is rewarded. Parents receive feedback in the event of disruptive or unauthorized behavior, so that we can make good agreements together.

First acquaintance

Parents can approach me through various childcare agencies or directly. I schedule an introductory meeting and after mutual consent we enter into a partnership. We make agreements about which type of contract parents want and a test calculation is made for a good picture of the cost.

For some children who have difficulty getting used to and / or saying goodbye, we can provide special ones

make appointments.

 

House rules of Beauty & the Beast

My house rules state what parents can expect from me. This promotes confidence and clarity regarding agreements.

Reception times

Childcare Belle & the Beast can be there from Monday to Friday for parents and children. My working hours are from 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Evening care can be chosen in advance, which means that I am not available and available as standard until 23:00. Flexible childcare is also possible on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This is regularly used.

 

Start childcare later

It is no problem to start childcare later. However, it is important that this is indicated well in advance in connection with my own planning.

 

Unexpected longer care

That is usually not a problem either. There is always a solution.

 

Childcare is canceled or shorter childcare time

If the childcare is unexpectedly canceled or canceled on the day itself, I am forced to charge contract hours due to my availability. The agreement is official that parents cancel the childcare at least a week in advance. The same also applies to late notification of a shorter reception time. This all has to do with the fact that I can no longer fill in the time for the care of other children.


Extra childcare or exchange days is possible if my availability permits. Parents can indicate this well in advance.

Sickness and hygiene

In case of illness, we pay extra attention to the hygiene rules to prevent contamination.

If your child has had an accident or has become ill during childcare, parents will be informed as soon as possible.

When your child is ill, I may only administer medication if parents have signed a consent form for this.

 

Statements and Protocols

Statements and Consent Forms

I work with several childminder agencies and they all have their own statement and consent forms.
In any case, the following consent forms should be in my folder:

  • Open water permission
  • Accident registration
  • Additional appointments
  • Overview guest children
  • Data list guest children
  • Allergy and dietary arrangements
  • Permission temperatures and medication
  • Permission for transport and independence
  • Permission for continuous screening of housemates
  • Permission for photo and film recordings
  • Permission to sleep
  • Reservation agreement between childminder and parent
  • When changes take place, the contracts are adjusted

Protocols

As a childminder I work with the following protocols:

  • Child abuse
  • Child abuse by childminder
  • Safety
  • Wrongful child claim
  • Hygiene
  • Heat
  • Nutrition
  • Medicines and medical treatment
  • Heat and sunburn
  • Deaths

Privacy

The childminder agency creates a file about childcare. At the location is a folder with details of the child (ren). This folder is kept carefully and I will need it during an unexpected GGD inspection.

Photos and video recordings

For privacy reasons, I have chosen not to post photos with children with their faces on social media or my website. I do make enough photos and videos that are then sent to the group App or personally to the parents.

 

Complaints procedure

Parents who have a complaint or are not satisfied with my way of working should report this to me. Then we make it negotiable.

They can also file a complaint with the Stichting Klachtenkamer Parent Committee Childcare (SKK).

The parent committee may (for its own account) be assisted by a counsel. There are no costs for the parent committee to submit a complaint to the Complaints Chamber

Maximum number of children to be cared for

I am allowed to care for a maximum of six children aged 0 to 13 years old. If my own children are present, they will be included in this. This rule applies to own children up to 10 years old.
I am not allowed to receive more than five children under the age of 4 at the same time. This includes any children up to 4 years old.
A maximum of four children aged 0 and 1 year may be present simultaneously, of which a maximum of two children aged 0 years. This includes any children of this age.

 

General hygiene

During the care, I make sure that there are clean wipes on the counter and that the workplace remains clean and tidy.
I vacuum after every lunch and teach children hygiene rules when it comes to hand washing, toilet flushing and coughing. This prevents the chance of spreading bacteria and diseases as much as possible. I also pay close attention to whether food has expired.

 

Fire safety

I discuss the options for smoke detectors with parents and I discuss the escape route in case of fire.

Accident prevention

I check the rooms at the parents' home for possible dangers and how possible preventive measures can be taken. Think of soft corners on sharp table points or door strips so that children do not just get their fingers in the door.

Fortunately, I have a child first aid diploma, which must be renewed every two years. I always have an extensive first aid kit in the kitchen.

Big risks

If there are any risks, these will be stated in the Risk Inventory. It also describes how to act if an incident occurs.

 

Rear guard arrangement

A backguard is someone around whom I can fall back to in the event of an emergency. When I look after four or more children at the same time, I am obliged to arrange a back-watch. The rear guard must be able to be at the reception location within fifteen minutes to take over the care for the children. The backguard does not need to have a diploma, certificate of experience or first aid certificate for children, because it is only an emergency solution.

 

Unacceptable behavior

There is a protocol for transgressive behavior by children or employees. Parents can always report an unpleasant situation to me, or the childminder agency I work for.

 

Child Abuse Reporting Code

The report code can be found in the folder where I work. I can also find the report code digitally in the portal of a childminder agency.