Supporting expat families

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Eveline is Assistant Manager at True Colors Rijswijk. She has worked at both True Colors Delft and Rijswijk and sees a great deal of overlap in the 2 locations. “But there are also some key differences,” she points out.

Trust

“Expat and international families value the extra support and attention we give. The personal bond we build up with non-Dutch parents is greater. We’re far more involved in helping them in raising their children. So, trust is essential. We develop a really strong connection and work together to discover what’s best for the child.

Teacher’s tips

Based on 8 years’ experience, Eveline has one important tip for parents who are considering day care for the child for the first time:

Prepare your child

“It’s important to prepare any child before they start at day care. And this is even more so the case with children who have recently moved to the Netherlands from another country. Children need to know what’s going to happen. Don’t hide the fact that you’re bringing them somewhere new.”

Take a tour

Of course, for many parents, Dutch childcare is new to them too. “That’s why we invite parents to come for a tour of our childcare centre,” Eveline explains. “We also hold an intake meeting and encourage children to come for trial visits of part of their settling in period. With toddlers, it’s important for them to come on the tour too. And for parents who are currently living outside of the Netherlands, it’s possible to be shown round with a live webtour.”

Goodbye is goodbye

“Once you’ve said goodbye, keep it short,” Eveline advises parents. “I know it’s hard, but it’s best not to keep coming back. This is confusing for the child and can make the process of saying goodbye unnecessarily upsetting.”

More information

To arrange a tour of True Colors Rijswijk or True Colors Delft, either in person or online, contact Eveline or Regina.

Teacher’s tales

For this more light-hearted section of our newsletter, we ask our teachers and other members of staff to share little anonymous anecdotes about things the children have said. Here’s a gem from the after-school group of 3-7 years old.

Child: Papa and mama are at work.
Teacher: That’s right. And you can come here to play.
Child: Why don’t you ever go to work?

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