Within the Meet Kate Children’s Home is our daycare center.
In March 2011, we received many applications for the Meet Kate Children’s Home. When going through the applications we realised that many parents were able to care for their children in the evenings and weekends, and that many families were able to make a (small) financial contribution. Since we believe that children are best off growing up with their parents or families, and we strongly feel that parents should take their responsibility in taking care of their children, we decided to try to reach a bigger group of people with our projects.
Because most children in the children’s home attend school during the day, we have a lot of unused space during that time. This space lends itself perfectly for a daycare center. Children between the ages of 1 to 5 years old can learn in a playful manner and are prepared for school. Classes are divided in four groups: creche (1-2 years old), toddlers (4-4 years old), 1st grade (4 years old) and 2nd grade (5 years old). Children get enough nutrition during the day and get plenty of time to rest and play. Children in the 2nd grade get the opportunity to learn to use computers, by typing, reading and playing on them. At the moment, there are 65 children who come to our daycare center every day. 80 percent of the parents pays for the daycare and 20 percent get a scholarship. Some parents cannot afford to pay 50 cents (euro) a day, and instead of taking the children into the children’s home, we provide these children with daycare, education, good nutrition and health care insurance. The parents stay responsible for the child and have time in the evening to work on their parent-child bond. The contibution paid by the other parents, benefits the children’s home. This way, less support from The Netherlands and UK is needed and more can be financed from within the community.
Want to learn more about the employees in the daycare center? We’d love to introduce them to you.
More pictures of the children having fun in our album: Kids in MKCH