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Pedagogical policy plan

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Every childcare organisation (childcare centre, childminding agency and playgroup) in the Netherlands must have a pedagogical policy plan, in which you set out your views on how to interact with children. You have to adopt the pedagogical policy planExternal link (in Dutch) before submitting an application for registration in the National Childcare and Playgroup Register (Landelijk Register Kinderopvang en Peuterspeelzalen, LRKP) with the municipal authorities. You must address at least the following subjects:

  • How is emotional safety guaranteed?
  • How is the development of personal and social skills promoted?
  • How does the transfer of values and standards take place?

Policy plan for childcare centres

You must comprehensively address the following four pedagogical matters:

  • How is emotional safety guaranteed?
  • How is the development of personal skills promoted?
  • How is the development of social skills promoted?
  • How does the transfer of values and standards take place?

The policy plan for childcare centres must also specify:

  • how the development of the children is monitored and stimulated;
  • how mentorship is organised. Each child is allocated a mentor;
  • how your organisation implements the three-hour rule;
  • the working procedure, maximum size and age structure of the basic groups;
  • in which (play) activities children leave their basic group;
  • how childminders are supported by other adults in their activities with children.

Policy plan for childminding agencies

The pedagogical policy plan for childminding agencies must also specify:

The home where childminding care is provided must have sufficient space for children to play and sleep in and sufficient outdoor play facilities, geared to the number and ages of the children in the childminder’s care.

Period of validity

The pedagogical policy plan must be up-to-date. If there are any changes in circumstances or insights at your childcare facility with regard to matters addressed in the pedagogical policy plan, you must modify the plan accordingly.

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