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Hestia Early Learning Centre

Hestia Early Learning Centre
Amsterdam
Netherlands
00 31 (0) 206618710
Geographical Focus
National levelInternational level
Type of organisation
Private Company
Main Activity Type
Service Provision
Focus
Quality Pedagogy
Targeted Age Groups
Before childbirth (pregnancy)Birth to threeThree to SixSix to TenTen+
Members target groups
ChildrenParents/care-takersEducatorsHealth professionalsParaprofessionalsSupervisors (inspectors)Managers of servicesPolicy makersLocal authoritiesHigher education staffStudentsIn-service training providers

Mission

Hestia is an authority in the field of bilingual day care. Two locations are bilingual, with (near) native Dutch- and English-speaking teachers in the groups, enabling children to leam both languages. Many of our clients are expat families from all over the world. Our first bilingual location opened in 2010, the second in 2011. We have worked with universities studying the effect of multilingualism in children and as of February 2018 we are participating in a pilot regarding bilingual child care, hosted by the Dutch
Government. For 15 years, we have been offering full day and after school care to children aged 0-13. Hestia has three locations in Amsterdam and Amstelveen that all use the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The buildings have
light, open group spaces, an art studio and large outdoor spaces for the children to play and explore. We cook a hot meal daily, for and with the ch ildren. Apart from activities at the locations, the children regularly visit museums and parks in the city and neighbourhood. Art, culture and nature are core items in our approach and we celebrate diversity.

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