Welcome to Kind & Co Ludens
A playing child is a learning child. Our main goal is not to teach skills, but to create a safe foundation that allows children to develop through play. This means that we really look at and listen to the children (daily observations) to see what they truly need. We call this child-following. We make a conscious choice to give children a large role in determining what their day looks like. We call this child participation and see how it stimulates self-reliance. Children learn best hands-on. We value what children know and can do and we focus on creating learning opportunities.
The indoor and outdoor play areas at all of our locations are arranged so that children can play and discover freely. We protect children from large risks and teach them to deal with small risks. Risky play is important for a healthy development. We encourage the children to play in nature and get dirty. They have the space to be adventurous, to move around, and to discover. Getting dirty doesn’t always have to be literal; it’s about discovering and experiencing. We observe what catches the children’s interests and align our plans accordingly instead of focusing on how to entertain the children.
A group of children is like a mini society. In a safe surrounding, we help children develop skills and manners that will serve them for the rest of their lives. We pay attention to cooperation, autonomy and sexual development. With sexual development we mean more than just sexuality. It’s about love, relationships, friendship, voicing what you like and don’t like, and being proud of your body. We teach children that they can be themselves and to be conscious of their own and others’ feelings, boundaries and wishes.
About societal childcare
We are a societal childcare organization. That means that we have no profit motive or shareholders. What we earn goes to the children’s wellbeing and development. Every child has the right to high quality childcare. We offer childcare to as many children as possible in order to create equal opportunities and help avoid delays.
How do we create equal opportunities? Important examples:
Early education childcare.
We’ve started a pilot with connection groups.
We have after school plus groups
We are affiliated with the Peaceful Neighborhood.
Aside from the national trainings that childcare staff are required to follow, we offer extra trainings and continuing education:
- Meaningful interactions between staff members and children make all the difference in children’s wellbeing, involvement and their general development. We improve the pedagogical quality by making use of Video Interaction Guidance. By watching video clips, our educationalists observe interactions between staff and children. This helps us to strengthen what’s going well and supports educational coaching.
- All Ludens employees follow a Gordon training. Clinical psychologist Dr. Thomas Gordon developed a model for communicating effectively, respectfully, and based on equality. This includes concepts such as active listening, I-messages and a conflict-resolution method where no one loses. Ludens’ educational vision is based on Gordon’s work.
- At Kind & Co: the cluster managers all get the opportunity to follow the training to become an attention officer. An attention officer has the final responsibility in going over the reporting code for child abuse.
- Short films, articles and online trainings are on the online Learning Plaza. Employees can find work-related trainings, as well as personal development trainings.
Our most important forms of childcare
Daycare is for 0–4-year-olds. The staff members create a positive and home-like atmosphere which helps children to feel at home in their own group. We offer challenging activities and materials that are aligned with the children’s interests and developmental phase. This stimulates them to discover the world in their own way, at their own pace.
Preschool: We offer early education childcare. This is preschool for 2.5-4-year-olds where they can play and learn. This is for children with and without an early education childcare referral. Please see the section on societal childcare.
After school care is professional childcare after school for 4–12-year-olds. The kids choose whether or not to participate in the activities that we organize in the areas of sport, games, technology, culture and music. We collaborate with artists, musicians and workshop professionals to broaden the children’s horizons and provide an array of activities for all ages!
Facts & Figures
Number of children cared for: 26,243
Number of locations: 435
Number of employees: 2,783
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