A well-founded and drawn up pedagogic policy is indispensable. However… is the policy actually being put into practice? Do pedagogic employees really act child oriented? Do children actually feel emotionally secure at the group? Do they enjoy playing there? Are they being seen, understood and cherished? At Dikkedeur we guarantee the quality by periodic observations at the group, following a structured list (‘observatie lijst’), executed by our pedagogic staff led by drs. Rimke Willeman. The group will receive an observation report with points for improvement and an evaluation date on which the progress is checked. The group will be given extra guidance where necessary.
The translation from theory (pedagogic policy) to practice (acting in a pedagogically sound way) can be difficult sometimes. For that reason a workbook has been created for the pedagogic employees, in which each part of the policy has been worked out in a concrete and practical manner, supplemented with concrete action directives or -guidelines. Moreover, for special cases protocols have been developed with well-defined steps, which the pedagogic employees can follow. The workbook and protocols are present in each group, within reach of the employees.
Certified group assistances at Dikkedeur have the following tasks: support the pedagogic employees at the group where necessary (for instance helping changing children’s diapers, taking them outside or reading them a book), relieving pedagogic employees of extra tasks such as taking care of washing, groceries, putting hot meals on the table, clear away the beds etc., and also keeping clean common rooms like the kitchen, hallway, gym etc. Thanks to the commitments of the group assistances, pedagogic employees can focus more on their pedagogical tasks.
NB: Dikkedeur works with a cleaning company that keeps all sites clean, every day.
All groups at Dikkedeur have been divided into profession-oriented work units. A work unit consists of 4 to 5 groups. Together they work on realizing the professional principles they are all held accountable for. They do this both during the daily work routine and in regular unit meetings. For these work units, concrete end-terms have been formulated that need to be met.
Each year specific goals are formulated which teams will work on during that year. The work units choose their own year-target, based on priorities formulated within their unit. The team targets have to meet certain basic quality criteria and their progress is measured from time to time.