Why choose Compananny?

Our mission

The first five years of a child’s life are essential for determining what kind of person they will become. Which is why, at CompaNanny, we think today of what children need in the future. We stimulate their creativity, help increase their resilience and teach them to think in terms of solutions. That’s how, every day, we help and contribute to the generations of the future.

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What kind of care do we offer?


CompaTalks - The development of the children's brain

2021-05-25 00:00:00

Professor of Neuropsychology Erik Scherder and Neuropsychologist & Orthopedagogue Diana Smidts explain, based on scientific research and new insights, the positive effect of movement & (outdoor) play on the development of the children's brain. They give practical tips on how you as a parent can contribute to a good development of the brain of young children and what the role of childcare is in this.
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CompaTalks - Dermatology

2021-05-19 00:00:00

Dermatology Q&A - 3 juni, 20.00-21.00u Register for this webinar Doctor Daniel Kadouch works as a MD and PhD dermatologist at Centrum Oosterwal in Alkmaar.As a doctor Daniel gets a lot of questions about the skin, and he likes to share his knowledge and experience about healing and protecting the skin with you! As a dermatologist he also knows that sunburn in childhood significantly increases the risk of skin cancer later in life. And as a father of three young children, he knows the challenges parents face when protecting their kids from the sun. That’s why he is committed to helping parents in various ways.The CompaTalks on Thursday, June 3rd is a live Q&A with Daniel! After Daniel has shared a bit of his knowledge, experience and mission, you can ask him all your questions about skin this evening. Does your child suffer from eczema, or did strange spots appear recently? Or are you wondering about sunburns with babies? Maybe you have a question about your own skin? There is plenty of time to answer everyone's skin-related questions!
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2021-05-12 00:00:00

CompaNanny now has its own podcast: De Opvoedcast !A podcast especially made for all parents who are so overwhelmed with advice that they can no longer see the wood for the trees. A helpline, for all your questions about parenting and child development.Based on questions submitted by listeners, coaches Amber and Laurie discuss practical tips, valuable insights and useful facts. For example, about why your baby can't fall asleep without you, why your toddler insists on doing everything himself, why giving time-outs is pointless and how best to start with potty training. We give the answers!All based on our knowledge and experience educational experts, on scientific research and on the working methods of childcare organisation CompaNanny. Listen in every two weeks and get inspired about everything you encounter in raising your child(ren).Read more about De Opvoedcast and learn about the episodes, or listen directly via Spotify or Apple Podcasts!Read moreListen on SpotifyListen on Apple Podcasts
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Three new locations in Amsterdam

2021-04-29 00:00:00

We would like to share te following good news. From now on CompaNanny is the new owner of Kinderopvang Kids & Zo. It concerns three locations in Amsterdam beautifully located in the City Center, in East (Amstel) and in the Baarsjes in West. Quality is key to both organizations; for children, parents and employees. We do, however, put that quality into practice in various ways and we distinguish ourselves in different elements. But at the core of both companies we want the best for parents, children and employees. This provides a solide base and forms the foundation for the future. We are very proud and look forward to the coming period in which we, together with our new colleagues from Kids & Zo, will be able to work on providing the best care for parents and children. More information about these locations will be posted on our website soon, as well as the possibility to register at one of them. Want to know what other Amsterdam neighbourhoods we are in? Check out our location page!To locations in Amsterdam
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Daylight Saving Time and Sleeping: Tips

2021-03-24 00:00:00

Daylight saving time (DST) is almost here! Which means it is easier to get up, but harder to fall asleep. Why? Because our body’s internal clock revolves around daylight.Simply keeping the same schedule when putting your child to bed will not, unfortunately, work. Because the hormones in the body that regulate sleep are still in tune with wintertime, and it takes one week (on average) for children to get used to the new times. So here are some tips to help make this process easier. Tips Make sure your child gets enough sleep during the day (especially in advance) Open the curtains straight away in the morning, so that the natural light comes in Go outside first thing each morning and be sure to get some exercise early on In the evenings, create a dark environment inside, to follow your routine by drawing the (blackout) curtains and dimming the lights; dusk activates the sleep hormone Also remember to adjust your mealtimes to DST as soon as possible, as the digestive system is linked to sleep rhythm Pay attention to the bedtime ritual and pay extra attention to your child’s sleep signals Step-by-stepIf your child is really having a great deal of trouble adjusting their sleep rhythm to DST, then you could also work towards it in steps: Shift their bedtime by 10-30 minutes each day (depending on your child’s age and tiredness). For example: If your child normally always goes to bed at 7:30 pm but can’t get to sleep earlier than 8:30 pm after DST has come into effect, then put your child to bed at 8:15pm the first evening, at 8:00 pm the day after that and so on until you have worked your way back to their usual bedtime. And last but not leastRemember that every child is different and reacts differently. Be flexible, even with yourself, and don’t worry if it takes a little more time. Ultimately, your child will always make up for any lack of sleep they experience. Would you like to find out more about sleep signals, bedtime rituals and how to ensure a good sleeping environment? Then read our other blog or book a visit to ask all your questions. Read blog request a tour
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Language development in babies

2021-03-16 00:00:00

Communication starts long before a baby can talk. A baby’s first form of language is crying, which is the most efficient way to connect. Your baby uses different cries to try and convey exactly what is going on. But what else can you expect with regards to your baby’s language and communication? Here, we guide you through the different phases of language development. Two to three monthsAt around two months old, your baby will start using sounds. They begin to train the tongue and jaw muscles by making vowel-like sounds such as “ooh” and “aah”. When your baby is about three months old, he or she get progressively better at actively seeking, or stopping, contact with you. They do this by looking at you and by lowering their eyes or turning their head.During this initial period, it is very important for your baby’s emotional security and growth to cuddle and stroke them often. Talking to him or her a lot also makes them feel calm and instils confident. For example, explain what you are doing while changing their nappy.  Four monthsAs they reach four months of age, your baby will make more and more new cooing sounds, as different guttural sounds expand and your child practices with his voice. By talking back to your baby and responding to their cooing sounds, your baby will become comfortable with communication and you will stimulate their language development.Around this period your child will also recognise faces well. Furthermore, it is increasingly important to use a lot of facial expressions in your interaction with your baby, as your baby will learn to understand emotions from this.  Five monthsFrom the age of five months, the sounds your baby makes become more consistent and varied. The sequences get longer (think: “babaababa”), because the jaw muscles, tongue muscles and vocal cords become stronger and they are practicing hard for speaking with words later on. Your baby will now remember and reapply any new sounds that they make, too. They will also recognise voices well now.Interact with your child a lot; this helps them learn to communicate with others and they become familiar with the social nature of language. During this interaction, be sure to also give your baby time to respond to you when you smile or talk to them.  Six monthsAt around the age of six months, your baby starts to communicate progressively better with sounds. While crying is still the most effective means of communication, your baby is also practicing facial expressions, gestures and sounds. Babies are increasingly conscious of actively seeking contact in every possible way. By laughing, reaching out with their arms, blowing raspberries, moving their tongue and lips, and sputtering and cooing.There will be more variations in the noises your baby can produce by allowing their muscles, vocal cords and breathing to work together. The sounds are also becoming clearer and more attuned to adults. As a result, they start to sound more and more like words in the mother tongue.  Seven monthsFrom about seven months, babies start to hear even more distinctions in the tone you use in your speech. They can now recognise whether you are happy, surprised or angry. Your baby will also manage to produce different pitches and volume levels.Around this age, children also develop a sense of attachment and become clingy, which means your baby prefers to be around mum or dad all the time. Even you walking to the other side of the room can cause them to cry greatly, because your baby thinks you have left them for good. And your child will not understand you when you explain in words that you will be coming back, because they are not sufficiently trained in language and communication to do so yet. But you can practice with this by, for example, playing peek-a-boo games. By doing so, you will help your child to reduce their separation anxiety in a playful way.  Eight monthsAround eight months of age, your baby really starts to practice communication in a socially accepted way. They listen when you talk and babble themselves as you listen. By listening, your child becomes increasingly familiar with language. Children increasingly do their best to imitate your sounds, which then stimulates them to produce even more sounds.Repeat the sounds your child makes yourself; this stimulates them to try even more sounds. Talk a lot with your child yourself, so that they come into contact with different sounds and can practice interaction. Read lots of books with simple words and pictures and do so on a regular, repetitive basis. This will help your child connect words with images.  Nine monthsBabbling with two-syllable sounds continues to develop and by about nine months, most children have their own words for familiar people or things. They point to a person or object and say a sound, and they will always use that sound for that same person or object. By mentioning the name of the person or object, you will teach your child to make the connection with that word. For example, by saying: “Do you want your dummy/pacifier?”At around this age, babies also gain more control over the muscles in their face and therefore spend a lot of time practicing facial expressions. They test these expressions with their environment and learn through the reactions of those around them to understand which expressions go with which emotions.  Ten to eleven monthsMost ten-month-olds still can’t say many intelligible words, but they already understand much more than adults often think. They are still occupied with practicing sounds and noises, and the sounds and noises that they make are more and more like the speech of adults. They are no longer gibberish, but are clear tones and speech sounds. Your child will often imitate you in the sounds you make and also mimic lip sounds such as “brrr”. Perhaps they will also start singing along to music at this stage. Not with words yet of course, but with melodic sounds and different tones and volume levels.Around the age of eleven months, your child’s ability to concentrate expands and they also start to use long-term memory more often. This will be evident in them having less interest in the repetition of sounds and more interest in new sounds. Your child will often listen attentively to people talking. By doing so, they will learn words and the patterns of a language. It becomes increasingly easy for them to remember which words have what meaning, what the intonation of each word is and how they themselves should use the word.  Twelve monthsYour child's vocabulary expands tremendously during the twelve month period, particularly in the form of sounds. A number of children start with their first words, often an easy-to-pronounce word that refers to something familiar, such as "mommy," "daddy".It is important to practice and repeat words. You may find that your child also feels the need to hear the same book or music every time, this is training language, vocabulary and long-term memory for children. Also, name more and more words of things that are pointed out by your child and talk to your child a lot yourself, this way your child will practice linking words to objects and people and will start to understand more words.Would you like to know more about how we at CompaNanny deal with language development and communicating with your child? Read more or request a tour, without obligation.Read more request a tour
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Self-confidence by complimenting

2021-03-01 00:00:00

The main focus in parenting these days is on positive contact and language. Which includes giving your child plenty of compliments. And so, with today being National Compliment Day, we are taking this opportunity to talk about paying compliments to your child. Why you should compliment your childCompliments stimulate positive behaviour and self-esteem in a child. On the one hand, your child will behave in a certain manner more often when they notice that they are getting approval and appreciation for it. On the other, approval and appreciation also increases your child’s self-esteem. And when your child feels confident, they will easier dare to attempt things, they will be more likely to have the courage to push boundaries by looking for the next challenge, and they will be more likely to involve other children. All of which are good for their development.Without this confidence, children (just like adults) do not dare to embark on something new and are more likely to give up, because they are convinced that they will fail. Compliments also provide insight into themselves and the world around them, which is important when it comes to growing up to become a resilient and self-confident individual! Can you give too many compliments?Focusing on what your child is doing right is better than focusing on what your child is doing wrong, right? That’s why we, as adults, tend to shine a light on every time a child succeeds, every time a child listens well, or every time a child shows courage. After all, you want to let every child feel that they can become whatever they want, from a hairdresser to an astronaut to an artist. But where is the line between reacting positively and complimenting excessively?Research shows that excessive compliments are counterproductive. Especially when your child does not have much self-esteem to begin with. Excessive compliments place high expectations on them, which children then feel that they must continuously meet. Ultimately, this leads to them avoiding challenges. Which means they do not push boundaries and do not develop to their optimal ability. Giving lots of compliments can also mean that children no longer value a compliment or that they become dependent on them.However, if children receive few, or no, compliments, they will eventually start to question themselves because they are never told that they are doing well. And therefore, it is difficult to find a good balance. A process-oriented, product-oriented or person-oriented complimentProcess-oriented compliments concern the commitment and effort that a child shows. Product-oriented compliments mainly focus on the result and the accomplishment. Person-centred compliments emphasise the personal qualities of a child, such as intelligence, friendliness or talent.Research shows that when you give a person-oriented or product-oriented compliment, for example “You’re so clever!” or “That went well”, children do not gain more self-esteem. In fact, it can cause them to become insecure and more focused on possible failure. As a result, they will not choose to do things that they can learn from, but things they are already good at. Which ultimately will thwart their development.However, when children are complimented on their behaviour, commitment and effort, for example “You’ve really done your best”, their self-esteem actually increases. They aren’t upset by the fact that something didn’t work out; they are happy because they get approval and appreciation for their endeavours. These children are more inclined to take on harder challenges, with the belief that they will eventually succeed. It doesn’t matter if something doesn’t work out, because the focus is on their efforts. And this also stimulates resilience.  The best way to compliment Give a compliment at that moment in time, and not later. This ensures that your child understands what the compliment is for and they can link the exact situation and behaviour to it. It is difficult for young children to recall a situation, and therefore the compliment will lose some of its value. Only give a compliment if it is sincere. Don’t compliment for the sake of it. Constant complimenting about something, regardless of whether your child is doing well or has put a lot of effort into it, is not effective. Children will then only behave in a certain way for the purpose of being complimented, while it is better if they are intrinsically motivated to do something. They will also attach less value to subsequent compliments. Give a substantive compliment. So, don’t say “Well done!” or “Good job!”, but highlight exactly what you think is good. This ensures that your child will understand exactly what they are being shown appreciation for with your compliment and they know exactly what it is that they are evidently doing well. Paying your child a substantive compliment also means you are showing them respect, as “Well done!” or “Good job!” can sometimes come across as patronising. Give a descriptive compliment that is without judgment. For example: “You can play with so many different children”, instead of “How nice that you asked him to play too”. This means that you prevent your child from becoming dependent on your judgment and developing a sense of not being good enough as they are. Give your child a chance to compliment themselves by asking what they think of their behaviour in a particular situation. That way, you teach your child to recognise these moments and to appreciate themselves instead of needing to take all the appreciation from others. Always give a compliment without making any remarks. For example, by adding “…wish you always did that” after the compliment. It nullifies the positive effect of the compliment.   If you’d like to find out more about how we approach compliments at our childcare centre, then feel free to come and take a look. Please get in touch to request a tour. REQUEST A TOUR
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Activities to carry out at home

2021-01-04 00:00:00

Spending a lot of time at home with the kids is certainly cosy, but it can also be a challenge. So how can you fill up your days in a meaningful way when you are at home with your child(ren)? CompaNanny's team of Pedagogic Coaches is more than happy to provide practical suggestions and tips. Each week we will update this page with new activities, so watch this space! Daily routine Making a daily schedule can help provide structure and a sense of tranquillity, both for yourself and for your child(ren). Whether they are at CompaNanny or at school each day, your child is already used to this sort of structure, so the transition will most likely be a smooth one. What can help when it comes to creating a sense of calm in the house is to agree upon a ‘work zone’ and a ‘play zone’ with each other. This gives children clarity and freedom and can prevent exasperation. Click here for an example of a daily schedule, and here for a blank daily schedule that you can fill in yourself. How to teach your child to play independently, and how to let them do so You don’t need to entertain your child(ren) all day long, as it is very valuable to know how to play independently. For example: it helps build self-confidence, creativity and problem-solving skills. Some children are able to play independently for a while more easily than others, but all children can learn how to do it. Here are some tips to teach/let your child play independently: Specify that it is time for your child to play on their own (“It’s time for independent play” or something similar). Be sure to also specify what you yourself will be doing during that time. Also be sure to let your child(ren) know when the independent playtime has ended and an activity can be done together. Stay available. Give your child the space to play independently, so do not sit close to them, but do remain in sight. For example: sit at the table or on the sofa and do your own tasks/thing, such as sending an email, folding laundry, etc. Connect with your child now and then with a look or a nod, by looking at something they are doing or naming it. It is best if you do this if/when your child seeks out contact themself. If your child is engrossed in their game, don’t do anything (except watch and enjoy or do some work of your own etc). Have faith in your child and give them the time to start playing independently. Simply figuring out how to get started is a valuable process as your child learns how to choose and start their own game. Practice regularly. The vast majority of children get progressively better at independent play as they get older. This is because their ability to concentrate increases. Yet it is a skill that will be much more evident if a child can practice it regularly. Inspiration for activities at home This list will be updated each week with new activities per age group. Activities for babies aged 0-2 years: Blowing bubbles Hickory Dickory Dock Cold / Warm bottle Sensory Bags Getting to know ‘sand’ Smelling Parade Handbag Rockstar Baby bootcamp Laundry basket fun Water feast Painting with your whole body Grabbing Playing with rags Activities for toddlers aged 2-4 years: Collecting branches Painting with different materials Nature sensory bag Interactive children’s books Combining animal pictures Playing with sand or rice An own 'skating rink' Walking over the iceberg Activity jar Stamping with toilet rolls Feeling trial Rolling with the bal Natural Mandalas Feeding the birds Do it yourself Spongy constructions Milking cows Sssst what do I hear? Activities for children aged 4-12 years: Thumb piano Dreamcatchers Christmas Photo Challenge Making Christmas cards Hide and Seek in the dark Making way for/Replacing toys Make a music stick Make a light projector Wooden hearts Create your own board game Clay challenge Find the differences Camping at home Making egg muffins Pen Can Chalk art Dot art Snowman throwing Writing a name poem Healthy and tasty animal-shaped vegetable pizzas This e-book (in Dutch), has templates and recipes that you can use to make tasty and healthy pizzas at home like true pizza chefs! Which ones will you and your kids make? Share your creation(s) on social media with the hashtag: #MagionixCompaNannypizza CompaNanny on YouTube Have you come across our YouTube channel yet? Here you will find videos made by our very own team, in which we encourage children to exercise and inspire their creativity. Check out the CompaNanny Kids YouTube channel!
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New branch in The Hague: CompaNanny Archipel opens March 2021

2020-12-08 00:00:00

We are proud to announce that we will open a new location in March 2021: CompaNanny Archipel, on the Burgemeester van Karnebeeklaan in The Hague. The historic building dates back to 1880 and is currently transformed into a childcare location where we will offer Nursery. We are really looking forward to opening this new location and welcome new children and parents/guardians here next year! More about CompaNanny Archipel
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Were you at the latest CompaTalks?

2020-11-30 00:00:00

During CompaTalks we share the most current visions and trends in the field of child development and child education. We give internal and external experts an (online) platform to share their inspiring stories and thoughts with us. During the last CompaTalk at the end of November, pedagogue Annemiek Waage talked about the sexual development of children aged 0 to 13 years. Research shows that the importance of good sexual development has a major effect on the development of the brain. Experience shows that sexual development is not often talked about, while many parents/guardians and pedagogic employees still have many questions about (sexual) behaviour of children
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CompaNanny is the new owner of Koningskinderen Daycare

2020-11-25 00:00:00

We are proud to announce that, as of 1 January 2021, CompaNanny is the new owner of Koningskinderen Daycare. It concerns five branches in Oosterbeek and Renkum. Koningskinderen was founded in 2002 and has grown into an important provider of Childcare and After School Care in Oosterbeek and Renkum. Koningskinderen stands for quality  care, personal interest and involvement, and following your heart. We look forward to the coming period in which we, together with our new colleagues from Koningskinderen, will be working on providing the best childcare to children and parents/guardians.
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Media education for babies and toddlers

2020-11-18 00:00:00

Screen time and media use among children are popular themes in our digital society. These are subjects that include a lot questions when it comes to the upbringing of children. In fact, more questions are asked about his, than about sleeping and nutrition. Therefore, we take you into research on this subject and list some tips. It is also definitely worthwhile discussing this together because, in doing so, you can help guide your child in their use of digital media from the get-go.  Positive effects of digital media useDue to the rapidly growing range, and frequent use, of digital media among adults and children, there has been a great deal of research carried out about the topic. There are studies on numbers: how often and for how long do children look at a screen? But in recent years, there have been more and more studies on the consequences screen time has on the development of children. Something that many parents/guardians are curious about.There are some studies that have shown that a lot of screen time has a negative effect on development, while other studies have not found any significant effect. What’s more, other studies have shown that young children can learn logical reasoning and cognitive skills from videos. Research has also shown that the use of a touchscreen by young children is connected to fine motor development, such as a child’s ability to stack blocks or hold a pencil  2,5 hours screen time per dayYoung children (0-6 years of age) look at a screen for an average of 1 hour and 45 minutes a day. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, this has increased to an average of 2.5 hours a day. Due to the unusual circumstances and being at home more this year, parents/guardians have become less strict.In the Netherlands, 80% of all parents/guardians wonder how much screen time is healthy for their child. Perhaps you do too. And just as many parents/guardians wonder what they can provide their child as an alternative to media use. At the same time, 84% are also happy that they can sometimes fall back on a screen to keep their child occupied. On the one hand, media use brings serenity to family life, but on the other hand, most parents/guardians would prefer their child do other things than stare at a screen. Many parents/guardians struggle with a good balance. Healthy screen timeIt is difficult to determine exactly what is considered healthy with regards to maximum time on a screen. One specialist says a maximum of 10 minutes, while another says a maximum of an hour. There is no official advice on this matter available yet. After all, families and children also differ. It is therefore important that you, as a parent/guardian, assess what is good for your child. A guideline here can be to pay attention to when your child is no longer concentrating on the screen; that is a good indicator that it is time for another activity. This is how you find a good balanceIt’s quite normal to find it difficult determining what is healthy media use for your child. You are not alone and in this modern society there are screens everywhere, which does not make it easier to find a good balance. Remember: if you want your child to cut down on their screen time and media use, it doesn’t have to be done in one fell swoop. Try it step by step. And perhaps the following tips will help you further: Be a good example: The time that you, as a parent/guardian, spend behind a screen reflects on your child’s screen time. Children see and copy your behaviour. And by looking at mum and dad, they learn what’s normal. Therefore, make sure you limit your own screen time. This way you are a good role model and you instantly actively create more quality time with your child. Also be aware of your reactions to something you watch or do together. If you are very disappointed with the unsuccessful completion of a game, or react with shock to a video, your child will adopt the same reactions. Ensure variety: Try to encourage your child to move around all the time instead of sitting in front of a screen. Movement is essential for the healthy physical development of your child. It is therefore better to have a Pikler Triangle (small climbing frame) in the room than to give your child their own tablet. You can also make sure that screen time is just one of the things you do at home, rather than being the main activity. For example, blow bubbles or go outside together at other times; let your child play, read or dance on their own; put on a children’s playlist and let them sing along with it; or put on an audiobook. Make agreements: By making agreements it is clear to everyone what is and what is not acceptable, and you will avoid difficult moments, such as taking your child away from the screen. As well as making agreements about how long your child can spend on certain digital media, also be sure to agree upon which times and which videos/games you find suitable. It is also important to be clear with young children who aren’t able to speak yet. They understand more than you think, so be clear about the situation. In addition, help your child prepare to end the activity. Young children have no sense of time yet, so give them fair warning, both five minutes in advance and two minutes in advance. Do it together: Firstly, this way you can keep an eye on what your child is doing online and prevent any unwanted media use. In addition, it is good for the development of your child if you react to what is happening and talk about what you see. For example, ask questions, name (new) words or point out something in a video to your child that they had not yet noticed. Do a dance if that is also done in the video or make an association to the real world, for example: ‘We also have a tree in our garden, look!’ Choose consciously: Media with lots of colour, movement and sound is extremely attractive, yet not all videos or games are equally suitable. Do not pay attention to labels such as ‘educational’; for young children, everything is still educational and there is no such thing as ‘real education like the one they receive at school’. Furthermore: pay attention to whether the media matches your child’s interests and development phase. Make sure your child recognises aspects and can associate them with their own daily life. In addition to that, provide repetition. Young children especially enjoy repetition; they learn from it. 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Virtual tour of the branches

2020-11-06 00:00:00

We will continue to make it possible to physically visit our locations for a guided tour, but for some of our locations we have also created a digital 360° tour. With this 360° tour, you can take a digital walk through the location. We have added information about the group, for example about the toys in the baby groups and about the activities at the After School Care. You can find the link to the 360° ​​tours on the page of that specific location.  
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From 1 January 2021: ‘t Hazeltje officially becomes CompaNanny

2020-11-01 00:00:00

Since the summer of 2019, all the childcare locations of ‘t Hazeltje in Haarlem have been operating as part of CompaNanny, under the name ‘Hazeltje by CompaNanny’. As of 1 January 2021, all locations will officially be named ‘CompaNanny’.
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Why predictability is so important for young children

2020-10-22 00:00:00

Much more than adults, children live in the here and now. While we constantly have our busy schedules in mind, children just think about what is happening right now. And while young urban professionals take a mindfulness course to find themselves, children are completely absorbed in the moment. Children subconsciously lives very consciously. Children experience daily activities as separate parts of the day. It is difficult to imagine a day as a whole at a young age. Only after a lot of repetition does a child recognize situations and associate those with each other. When specific moments during the day are repeated, a child builds knowledge and experience in that. This way, recognizing what is to come, becomes easier. A child then slowly learns to anticipate.  The ritual of dinnerAs adults, we incorporate all sorts of rituals and structures in our daily actions. Much more than we think. However, we tend to be unaware of said patterns because we do them automatically. Think of washing your hands after using the toilet, lean back when you have finished your food, do groceries at the same store every time, or listen to a certain song while cleaning your house. We also tend to use the same objects in specific situations.Children copy this. A child starts associating certain materials and structures with specific situations. An example of this that recurs daily is mealtime, which is comprised of all sorts of rituals. For instance, we eat at the same time every day, we smell scents of food being prepared, we set the table in advance, wash our hands before we sit down, and put the food on our plates before we start eating. All these structures, the use of certain materials, and even the smell of food, alert your child that it is time to eat. Recognition creates securityBy sticking to a fixed order in the day and especially in certain situations, your child learns to recognize the recurring daily events. This recognition gives him or her a sense of security. Because they can trust themselves and their environment. Only when a child feels secure can he or she focus on what is happening around them. And only then will a child develop. Children are still learning to properly filter the millions of stimuli that come in at the same time. We grown ups, do this unconsciously, partly because our brain already knows what is important and what not. But for children, everything is new. So when there are certain moments that recur every day and are largely the same, the input of new stimuli is much less. Predictability prevents overstimulationPredictability, fixed rituals and repetition therefore ensure peace and quiet, and prevent a child from becoming overstimulated. That is why we at CompaNanny maintain a fixed daily routine for children. It is also the reason that we continuously talk with children and describe everything during the day. The sound of the garbage truck outside, the behaviour of other children, what will happen later, and what we are doing at this moment. So talking to your child is not only useful for their language development. It is also important for their sense of rest and security. Does your child need predictability?How important predictability is for a child, differs per individual. After all, every child has a different temperament. It can be said however, that young children are more sensitive to changes and unpredictability than older children. This is because an older child already has a lot more knowledge about the world and its immediate environment. As a result, he or she is able to place an unexpected event in a familiar and understandable framework much faster. This is how you create predictabilityWhen you notice that your child is restless or overstimulated, it can help to introduce fixed rituals, or being more consistent with the existing ones. This can be done, for example, by always singing the same song before mealtime, or to always read a book before going to bed. Moreover, it can be very helpful for children if you announce a change or activity some time in advance. For example, announce that you will be heading upstairs to brush their teeth in 10 minutes, and then repeat the announcement 5 minutes in advance. To be able to properly assess what your child needs in this, it is important to watch them and listen to them carefully and respond accordingly. Want to know what kind of daily routine we maintain at CompaNanny or how we ensure predictability? Read more about our methods or request a tour!Request a Tour
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Sleep like a baby!

2020-10-21 00:00:00

A baby’s life revolves largely around their primary needs; eating, drinking, pooping, peeing, and sleeping. When these go smoothly, a child will automatically feel well. After all, it is easier to play when you have a filled tummy, a clean diaper, and are well rested. Only then will a child also develop further. However, getting a good night’s sleep can be easier said than done. And it makes it even more difficult if your child cannot speak yet, and thus cannot clarify what might be wrong. So we have listed some tips to help your child find their natural sleeping rhythm! Sleep signalsLearning to recognise your child’s sleeping signals will allow you to respond to them better. Yawning is perhaps the most well-known sleep signal. Crying or whining is often also a clear sign. Rubbing their eyes, or having no colour in their face are easy to spot as well. But have you ever noticed red cheeks and/or ears? Or the over alertness of your child? Other children might fiddle with their ears, or turn and look away. Sleep hygiene All the little rules of behaviour that we can apply to sleep better, are called sleep hygiene. For example, make sure it is dark in the evening. This can be done, for instance, by turning down the lights, turning off the TV, or closing the curtains. During the day however, it is better not to make your child’s bedroom too dark, which is better for the habituation of the natural rhythm of day and night. It is also important that your child’s bedroom is well ventilated and has the right temperature, that is 16-18° Celsius. Sleep cycle Young children have a 50 to 60 minute long sleep cycle, whereas adults have a 90 to 100 minute sleep cycle. As such, it is completely normal for children to wake up more often. Let your child get used to sleeping with sounds around them. This way your child will be less likely to wake up from every sound. If they do wake up, don’t get your child out of bed right away. It may be that your child has just completed a sleep cycle and therefore sleeps a little lighter or wakes up in between. Your child might continue to sleep, because they did not get enough sleep yet. Putting your child to bedBy putting your child to his or her own bed in a quiet room, even if they are still awake, they will become used to the regularity and the room, and they will fall asleep more easily. Your child will feel secure by getting used to the room and the rhythm. If your child is able to fall asleep on their own, instead of having to be rocked to sleep, they are not dependent on an adult. This ultimately contributes to your child’s independence, autonomy, and self-confidence as well. It is therefore preferable not to let your child to sleep on your lap, in their playpen, or in a bouncing seat. RoutineIt is also important to have set bedtimes, so that your child knows when it is time to go to sleep. A fixed rhythm also ensures that the body automatically produces the sleep hormone melatonin at the right times. Make sure that your child can recognize the rhythm by following a recognizable routine. This can be done, for example, by always reading a book first, preferably the same book every time. Or always listen to some quiet music. Be sure to keep a fixed order in your routine. Play outsideLet your child play outside every day! This way they will get enough daylight. The vitamins in it we need to properly grow up. This also makes your child move more, which is important for their health of course, but it also ensures that they fall asleep faster and sleep deeper. Sleeping during daytimeIt is often thought that keeping a child awake throughout the day will ensure that they sleep better at night. However, studies have shown the opposite to be true. It is more difficult for an overly tired child to indulge in sleep. And once your child has fallen asleep, they will typically wake up more often because they have to process more impressions of the day. Therefore, try to adapt and stick to your child’s natural sleep rhythm during the day and let them wake up by themselves. Do not carry your child againIf a tired child is picked up, comforted, and carried, they will often become alert again. They will make eye contact, or smile. This may make it seem as though they are not yet tired, but your baby is really just responding to the stimuli around them. If a child is not put to bed at that time, they will become accustomed to overactive behaviour. This will make it even harder for them to fall asleep and it will decrease the length of their naps. So put your child to bed when you notice the first sleeping signals, even if they seem less tired shortly after. Sleeping inIt might be tempting to forget about bedtimes or to let your child sleep in on weekends and during holidays. You are, after all, not committed to anything, you have fun things to do and it is just great to be together! To ensure that your child’s sleep rhythm is not completely disrupted by this, try to maintain a maximum difference of 1.5 hours with the times your child normally goes to sleep or wakes up. Got curious about how we at CompaNanny work with regard to sleeping? Request a tour at one of our locations! Request a Tour
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COVID-19 measures at CompaNanny

2020-10-19 00:00:00

At CompaNanny, the safety of the children, parents/guardians and employees is paramount. To ensure the safety at our locations during COVID-19, we explicitly follow the advice and guidelines of the Dutch government, the RIVM and the GGD. Therefore, we have adapted our working method to the current safety measures. This page contains all the Frequently Asked Questions and answers about the COVID-19 virus. Find out more about our measures due to COVID-19
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Our 1000th employee!

2020-10-14 00:00:00

What a celebration: we welcomed our 1,000th employee at CompaNanny! When Rachelle entered the location in the morning, not suspecting anything, she was welcomed by the whole team, including our General Manager. She was surprised with flowers, a cake, balloons and even a red carpet. Of course, we are very happy with all of our other 999 employees and beautiful moments should be celebrated. Welcome Rachelle!
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