Our Pedagogic Vision is the foundation of our work. Everything we do, we do for a reason. We are continuously inspired and informed by developments in society, science and our own experience. This provides us with knowledge and insights that we implement into our Pedagogic Vision and our pedagogic policy. A policy that is applied daily by the Nannies to all groups.
Our starting point is that we see children as naturally competent. That means that they have the drive and need to develop themselves and that every child will take the next step in their development when they are ready to do so. Therefore, our Nannies always use confidence as a basis when looking at the possibilities that your child has to develop himself/herself. When it comes to a child’s development, we motivate and support, provide physical and emotional security and an environment in which every child can develop at their own pace, in their own way.
We stimulate your child’s development in a conscious and expert way. Every choice contributes to the development and growth of your child. This is reflected in various aspects of the group, such as contact and communication with the children, the way in which we support the children’s autonomy and the role we take in children’s play. But also in our choices in the field of nutrition, the design of the groups, the choice of (play) materials and the ambiance at the groups. There is a reason behind every choice. We do what we believe in and what we promise.
We give young children space and never stimulate them too much. Babies are placed in bouncers, highchairs or playpens as little as possible, as this restricts their freedom of movement. We look at what the children are doing and are available when needed. We – objectively – describe what children are doing, what they see or what they want. We do this regularly during the day and in particular during nursing and feeding moments, when we give your baby extra attention. We address the emotions we see in children in a neutral way. This means that your child learns to recognise their own emotions and how to deal with them. We do not label emotions as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Sadness is just as important as pleasure. By accepting both emotions, children learn to accept themselves and each other. In the play material we offer the children, we choose passive toys. These are materials that are undefined (such as balls, blocks, fabric patches). This calls upon the child to use their own creativity, in which they come up with variants of play that adults can no longer come up with.
Respect and emotions lie at the heart of the way we communicate with children. We always have a genuine interest in children and what they have to say. We identify emotions and provide answers that indicate we have heard and understood your child. Moreover, we are positive and clear towards each child, and ‘real’ in our communication. We think it is important not to judge, but to describe what we see. This is how your child feels seen and heard. Furthermore, we set clear boundaries in a respectful manner. All this increases your child’s sense of security and strengthens their self-confidence. We talk to your child about what is on their mind. We ask open questions, listen actively, provide information and encourage your child to explore things further on his or her own.
Our Pedagogic Vision is composed of our own knowledge and experiences as well as the visions of Emmi Pikler (for the babies), the approach of Reggio Emilia (for the toddlers) and the How2Talk2Kids communication method. All our sources of inspiration are based on the competent child, which is in line with the pedagogic vision of CompaNanny.
CompaNanny wants to add value to children by optimally guiding them in their development and supporting parents/guardians in this too. We encourage skills that we believe children need to grow into themselves. The following 7 values apply to CompaNanny as a starting point and give direction to the choices we make within our pedagogic working method:
CompaNanny stands for the quality that we offer children every day. Structural monitoring and optimisation of our pedagogic working method is essential to our quality. For this reason, our internal Pedagogic Coaches carry out annual quality observations on all groups at each location. They are part of our Quality team and are responsible within CompaNanny for the implementation of the pedagogic policy.
Quality monitoring is of very important to us because it enables us to guarantee our quality. The quality observations provide us with insights into what is going well and where there is room for improvement. In addition, these moments are used for on-the-job coaching. Our Quality Partners also play an important role in this process. Together with the Pedagogic Coaches they create an environment in which Nannies are inspired and challenged to get the best out of themselves, with the goal of offering the best quality for children.