Meet The Team

The unique pedagogical vision of Kid's Garden raises expectations. The success of our project depends immensely on our pedagogical team. We pay a lot of attention to professionalism, personality, initiative, flexibility and perseverance.


Our teaching staff is not only knowledgeable but they also give substance to their example. They show interest in the world of the child, have an eye and heart for every child and help them refine their inner talents and sense of self-esteem. Our teachers also reflect on their own pedagogical methods which allows them to continuously improve. They follow the latest pedagogical trends and are eager to deepen their knowledge by undergoing training. This joint devotion benefits both the family and child care.​ Our team is composed of HBO-trained, experienced professionals who are young, energetic, and willing to further develop with the Fomento programme.

Kid's Garden Maastricht | Maaike

My background as a teacher and facility manager has led me to Kid’s Garden. I am the main person of contact for parents so feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I am also responsible for the daily operations including monitoring the quality of our children’s care and safety which is a priority to me. I am happy to be of service to you.

Maaike, Manager 

I'm Sindy Utens-Thijssen (1987). I am married to my husband Chris and am a mother of two daughters, Tessy (2017) and Mera (2019). I am originally from Maastricht but I now live in Eijsden. I completed the Social Pedagogical Worker course in 2008 and I have been working in care ever since. Now that I have children of my own, I decided to make the switch to childcare. This is a new challenge which I am very much looking forward to! I hope to meet you soon! 

Sindy, Educational Assistant

Kid's Garden Maastricht | Vanesa

I am Spanish, married and a mother of three children I love dearly. After my university study in Pedagogy I started working as a pedagogical employee and have been working with children for ten years. I am a cheerful, enthusiastic and positive person with a great sense of responsibility. I am at ease with children thanks to my creative streak and specific knowledge of the development and interests of children. I hope to support the development of your children while always respecting their individuality. See you soon in Kid’s Garden!

Vanesa, Educational Assistant

I'm Joyce Op den Camp (33). I live with my husband Ruud and our two children Xenno and Zanni in Gronsveld. I received my SPW (Sociaal Pedagogisch Werk) diploma in 2006 and my SPH (Sociaal Pedagogische Hulpverlening) diploma in 2009. In the last 10 years I gained a lot of experience as a flexworker in childcare. I worked in dozens of different locations where I learned how to take care of children anywhere as well as optimise the design of rooms for teaching and finding ideas for activities. It really appeals to me to have a permanent group and be able to build strong bonds with the children and parents. There is nothing more difficult than raising children, no matter how hard we try there will always be uncertainties. I will be there for you if you have questions and will do my best to help. I look forward to meeting you and your child at Kid’s Garden. See you soon. 

Joyce, Educational Assistant

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My name is Ghislaine, I am 25 years old and I live in Maastricht. I studied HBO Primary Education with a minor in reading promotion which contributes to the child’s development through books and additional activities. However, my experience made me realize that education is not made to fit every individual child. So, I decided not to teach, but work as an educational assistant here at Kid's Garden. The method appealed to me mainly because the development of each child is closely monitored. To further expand my knowledge and insights in the pedagogical field, I am training as a Child Coach. I am enthusiastic, creative, sporty and caring. Working with children is my passion. I hope to see you soon at Kid’s Garden.

Ghislaine, Educational Assistant

I'm Zuzanna, one of the teaching assistants at Kid's Garden. I obtained my Master in Pedagogy at the University of Poznan (Poland). I first started working in a childcare facility and then moved to the Netherlands in August 2018. I truly love children and I believe the most important aspect for his/her development is to build a good relationship with them. I always aim for children to feel safe and loved. At Kid's Garden we take care of your child so he or she is always happy!

Zuzanna, Educational Assistant


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