Traces of Reggio

Young children are able to, and want to, do much more than what is ordinarily assumed. They are eager to learn, to experience new and interesting things, to investigate and find out about the world, themselves and others, using all their senses.

All children are different, Perron 07 values and respects this diversity. Our focus is on getting to know your child. The days spent at Perron 07 are very versatile: playing together, climbing and clambering outside, painting, building, but also enjoying a nice meal together, singing, sleeping or resting. We observe and listen to your children: who are they, what do they think, what do they want, what do they feel?
The central question is: what occupies your children? Rather than how to keep your children occupied!
The pedagogy that is used at Perron 07, the Sporen (Traces) pedagogy, has its roots in the Reggio approach and is based on the theoretical principles of various pedagogues and developmental psychologists. This comprehensive theoretical framework, coupled with our practical experience, can be summarised in a number of pedagogical principles that form the foundation of Perron 07:

The differences between children are the building blocks for development

Children develop through communication. They construct their identity by interacting with other children and adults, but also with materials, with the space in which they play and live, with ideas and with real and imaginary events. The differences between the children make up the dynamics of the development process. It is therefore important to ensure an environment that provides continuity, is versatile, intelligent and stimulating.

The first seven years of life lay the foundation for the future

This insight has come not only from developmental and learning psychology, but also from modern neurobiology and psychology. These disciplines have shown that the continuous and  rijk aanbod ? rich offer? in early childhood creates the conditions necessary for optimum brain development.

The professional education of young children requires a pedagogical programme

At Perron 07 we work with the pedagogical-educational programme Sporen, (Traces)  based on the Reggio Emilia approach. Over the past 60 years, the pedagogy and children’s centres of Reggio Emilia in Italy have proven their legitimacy. This Reggio Emilia approach is internationally recognised as the best programme for young children. Sporen (Traces), its Dutch counterpart, is also scientifically recognised and has been tried and tested in practice for many years.

Children live in one world

In addition to the world at home, many young children spend part of their time in a children’s centre. Young children cannot be seen as separate from their parents, they are their first and most important educators. This means that a good relationship with the families is important. The Perron 07 team feels a responsibility to connect the world at home with that of the children’s centre. We therefore approach parents as active participants. Through multiform cooperation, Perron 07 also nurtures relationships between parents.

Development requires stability and continuity

The starting principle of Perron 07 is that every child is unique, eager to learn and curious. The team actively works to investigate what keeps the children occupied. By getting to know the children, the team is then able to come up with what to offer your children. This means that Perron 07 has fixed groups of children and teachers. The fixed groups enable the team to create situations where children are able to learn from one another. For this reason, Perron 07 has explicitly opted for groups consisting of children who are around the same age, thereby ensuring the optimum conditions for this co-learning and co-development to take place.

Connecting to children’s interests requires earnest work

The open content of the provision, based on the interests of your children, goes hand in hand with a systematic manner of working. The Perron 07 team takes great care to maintain a fixed daily routine, including allocating enough time to prepare and plan the work that will be done with your children in a serious and professional manner. The children’s thinking, learning and constructing processes are recorded and documented on an individual as well as group level. Additionally, at Perron 07, the team also engage in regular, meaningful consultations.

Children feel safe because they are seen and heard

Perron 07 instills confidence and safety due to the genuine interest that the team has for what occupies your child. Every child is “seen and heard”. This is the best way to provide a child with the certainty of confidence and security. As a result, they dare to open up and express themselves.

Children develop by expressing themselves in different ways

Encouragement and enthusiasm motivate children to communicate, thus creating an environment that is conducive to learning. The diversity of the offer provided by the team at Perron 07 allows your child ample opportunity for the development of “100 languages”. The 100 languages of dance, music, food, nature, colour and fragrance enrich our communication, and ultimately our learning and development. By expressing themselves in 100 languages, children develop their self-confidence and autonomy. It teaches them to learn. To go from one question to another. To get to know, and give meaning to, themselves and the world around them.

Autonomous and inquisitive children are better equipped for primary school

All young children are by their very nature curious, eager to learn new things and full of questions. The following are some of the central themes that our groups of children explore during the course of any given day at Perron 07. We spend much of our time investigating topics that have intrigued the children, such as: Where do shadows come from? What do different materials sound like? How do you go from sitting down to standing up? What is growing? Working as well as playing together in small groups is how young children learn. This is different from the approach to learning seen in schools. However, it will ensure that the transition to primary school will be made by a child that is self-confident, autonomous, curious and eager to learn.

Rich development requires versatile guidance

To be able to investigate this versatility of topics with the children, Perron 07’s pedagogical team consists of staff from various disciplines, with different backgrounds, of men and women. In addition to the experienced Sporen (Traces) staff (both HBO and MBO trained), there are also atelieristas (visual artists), pedagogistas (pedagogical coordinators) and chefs. People from other disciplines are also regularly invited to contribute.

A wide variety of spaces and materials ensures a range of opportunities for development

At Perron 07 we have a great diversity of spaces and materials. A lot of attention is paid to quality, functionality and aesthetics. Spaces and materials also provide opportunities for development. They have a significance as “the third educator”. The walls at Perron 07 are filled with display panels, showing who the children are, what occupies their thoughts, and what they do, think and make using photos, texts, pieces of work and much more. It is no accident that we say Perron 07 belongs to (of)  young children, rather than simply being for them. We document children playing and working at Perron 07 in a number of different ways. Our team photograph, film and write down their observations throughout the day. This way you are also able to share in the enjoyment with us and catch a glimpse of what we see.