Themes and activities

Thematic work at De Kleine Wereld The annual activities programme of the Daycare and BSO will be planned on the basis of themes. This means that subjects will be discussed over longer periods in different ways.

By offering different themes, we stimulate the creativity and development of children so that they get the room to discover new things themselves. A theme lasts about six weeks. In one year, themes come up in any case around the following subjects: Nature & technology, Sport & play, Art & culture, Music, People & society.

Areas of development
All activities that we do contribute to the development of your child. The alternation and variation in the selection of activities is important to cover all developmental areas in a playful way. This means social-emotional, motor, language, cognitive, sensory, creative-imaginative development. The child can participate in the theme at his own level. We ensure that an activity is set up such that children of different developmental levels can work on it. And most of all, we offer the children the space to be involved in their own way. Because themes connect well with the child’s experience, children can learn all kinds of new concepts and words. Watching and listening to the children well is important here.

Experiences
With thematic work, the experience plays an important role for a child. This means that children become acquainted with ‘real’ materials and actually begin to discover next to playing. Concretely, this means not only looking at a picture of a bicycle, but also going to the bike shop and bringing along your own bicycle. The furnishing of the space is adapted to the theme each time. When a theme is being worked with, this is clearly visible in the group. Documentation is very important in this, by means of photos, texts and showing work that the children are doing. This creates recognition for the children, and they can proudly show their parents what they have done or made. Staff members can also recall the theme by getting drawings and bringing up what the children have made.

Age-oriented activities
Age-oriented activities will be offered daily within the theme. By working with the open-door policy, there is more space for this. There is special attention for the babies, children over 3 and children over 8. Making use of each other’s qualities plays a big role in thematic work. A staff member from the BSO who is specialized in sport and play, can organize a fun sports day at the Daycare or another BSO. Or an employee from the Daycare who has theatre/drama skills can create a performance at the BSO together with the children, and they in turn can perform for the children in the Daycare. Making connections with the environment can also play a role with a theme. We go, for example, with all the children over 3 to a care house for the theme ‘older people’, and we have the residents there read to the children. By means of child participation, children at the BSO are involved in coming up with and carrying out the theme.