Het Nachtegaaltje

Category: Daycare center for babies and toddlers from 0 to 3
Maximum number of participants: 12
Distance: 4.6km –30 minutes by public bus (including some walking)
Groups will meet at the conference venue entrance and travel with a guide to field visit locations.

About Het Nachtegaaltje

A “green” childcare center on the outskirts of the city. The center was built in 2012 according to ecological principles. 47 children between 2 months and 3 years old are cared for in 3 vertical age groups.  Nature and durability are the driving forces behind all aspects of the center. To make ‘green childcare’ work, childcare professionals are provided with the necessary resources, education and support.

About this visit

As one of the pioneers of green childcare, this center incorporates sustainability and ‘green principles’ in every aspect of its pedagogical vision and daily practice. Focus is on ecological, social and economic sustainability. Het Nachtegaaltje looks for different ways to bring children in contact with nature and nature into the childcare. For instance, children can sleep outside and play outside no matter what the weather.

“Green childcare” also includes respecting and sustaining natural resources, adapting the purchase and use of materials to real needs and conserving available space and nature.  Stimulating equality, embracing diversity and engaging children, parents, community and the care team are an essential part of the principle of sustainability.

In this field visit you can see how Het Nachtegaaltje adopts ‘green principles’ and environmentally sustainable practices in an urban childcare center and learn about the many beneficial effects on the children, parents and team.

You find a brief description of each location and pedagogical focus of the visit below.

Below, you find a list of each school welcoming a field visit.