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A place of fun learning for little ones TEXT: NDÉLA FAYE | PHOTOS: CRÈCHES DE BELGIQUE
Since 2005, Crèches de Belgique has welcomed children of all nationalities, aged from three months to three years. Caring for nearly 500 children each day, the private day nursery believes in engaging children through fun activities and educational play. Children are at a crucial time of their development during early childhood, and Crèches de Belgique believes in educational play through teaching. Crèches de Belgique has over ten years’ experience in the early childhood sector, and consists of 17 crèches in and around
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the Brussels area. “Despite being part of a big group, our crèches each have a strong sense of identity and maintain a close relationship with families and each individual child. Our staff are highly qualified – many in the medico-social fields – and our crèches have the highest standards of hygiene, safety, pedagogy and training,” says Chantal Van Hoey, managing director of Crèches de Belgique. The day nurseries offer bilingual teaching in French and Dutch. Activities at the crèche range from themed weeks according to seasonal festivals, arts and crafts to language lessons in English, as well as intergenerational
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activities. “We are involved in an intergenerational project, in which our day nursery staff and children visit retirement homes, which has been a very successful scheme,” Van Hoey explains. “Each child’s wellbeing – both physical and emotional – is of utmost importance to us. The children are surrounded and supported throughout their time with us by a team of professionals who listen to the needs of each individual child, as well as the expectations of their parents,” Van Hoey concludes. www.crechesdebelgique.be
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