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.
Foreign languages, developing the sense of beauty, helping each child develop as a person, that is what attracted me to the Fomento pedagogical programme. My background as a Spanish teacher, art historian and manager led me to Kid's Garden.
I am the first contact person for the parents, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I am also responsible for the daily running of the centre, including monitoring the quality of care and safety of our children. This is a priority for me because our work is about children who are your most precious possession... that says it all.
For this I am happy to be of assistance.
The staff members are enthusiastic team players. Together, we outline the pedagogical policy. This way, everything we do becomes a reality in the organisation. I am proud to introduce our team:
Maaike, Location Manager
As Pedagogical Coach and Assistant Manager, I look after the quality at Kid's Garden together with Maaike. I coach the pedagogical staff members in group work and look with them at the development of your child. After my studies in HBO Pedagogy and post-hbo autism, I worked for several years in the Child and Youth Psychiatry. My family expat background led me to Kid's Garden. I am your contact if there are questions about the development of your child.
Kelly, Deputy Location Manager
& Pedagogical Coach
I am Maureen, born and raised in Maastricht. I am a proud mother of two boys. I graduated from the HBO Pedagogy program in Sittard. I believe it is important to give real attention and connect with each unique child. As a pedagogical policy officer, I want to contribute to the establishment and implementation of the Fomento Optimist program within Kid’s Garden. In my free time, I enjoy cycling with my family and going out with friends and family. I love conviviality, homeliness, and the Burgundian way of life. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and building a bond with both you and your children!
Maureen, Educational Assistant & Pedagogical Policy Officer
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Svanhilde, an experienced pedagogical staff member with over 16 years of experience. Since 2021, I have been working with great pleasure at Kid's Garden. In my free time, I enjoy walking and Zumba dancing. I am also responsible for guiding interns in the group, and I am also the head of first aid. When working with children, I believe it is important to be patient and give each child personal attention. My motto is: treat children the way you would like to be treated. I have found that this works tremendously well.
Svanhilde, Educational Assistant
My name is Claire Lenders, and I am extremely excited to work at Kid's Garden! After working as an au pair in Iceland for 11 months, my passion for working with children has only grown. In 2022, I completed my training as a pedagogical staff member and also obtained my diploma in specialized baby care. Since September 2022, I have been working with great pleasure at Kid's Garden. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and creating a pleasant environment where your children can develop through play and where we can have fun together. See you soon!
Claire, Educational Assistant
I am Serena van der Molen! Recently, I became a mother of a beautiful boy. I have completed my training to become a primary school teacher and I am currently studying to become a pedagogical coach. At Kid's Garden, I apply my interests in didactics and pedagogy, especially when providing activities for the 3+ group. I have gained previous experience as a flexible worker in childcare, but I wanted to work in a fixed group to get to know the children better. I attach great importance to the child's relationship with others, their autonomy, competencies, and their development at their own pace and level. Oh, and by the way, I am of Italian origin and think it is fantastic that Kid's Garden pays attention to teaching a second language! Serena, Pedagogical staff member
Serena, Educational Assistant
My name is Nadine, and I am a mother of two children living with my family in Heer. I have years of experience in childcare, both as a pedagogical staff member and a childminder.
In 2022, I decided to join the Kid's Garden team, and I have not regretted it. I also provide guidance to interns in the group. I enjoy taking care of your children and do this with great pleasure and love.
Nadine. Educational Assistant
My name is Senna Severens. I was born in 2000 and I live in Maastricht. I have been working at Kid's Garden since July 2020, the first year as an intern and from July 2021 as a fulltime pedagogical employee. In 2021, I got my certificate as a specialised pedagogical employee. During my studies I did an internship at small-scale day-care centres with a vertical group. I was able to gain a lot of experience there. What makes Kid's Garden beautiful is that many different cultures come together and together we ensure that everyone feels at home. See you in the Lotje group!
Senna, Educational Assistant
Hi everyone, My name is Nina and I live in Berg aan de Maas. After obtaining my diploma as a specialized pedagogical assistant at level 4, I now have over 8 years of experience in childcare. Currently, I am busy obtaining my diploma in baby specialization, where I gain valuable tools and inspiration to improve my work with babies. In my free time, I like to be active and enjoy fun activities with friends and family. I'm really looking forward to meeting all of you!
Nina, Educational Assistant
My name is Alysha Azzaretto and I live in Maastricht. From September 2021 to June 2022, I did my internship at Kid's Garden. In June 2022, I obtained my specialized diploma as a pedagogical assistant and have been working as a full-time pedagogical assistant at Kid's Garden since then. During my studies, I did internships at various daycare centers, which allowed me to gain a lot of experience and knowledge. It is nice to see how children go through the process of approaching each other, playing together, or taking on a challenge. I believe it is important for children to grow up in a trusted, loving environment and to develop in their own way. It is beautiful and special to be part of these developments.
Alysha, Educational Assistant
Hi everyone, my name is Andriani and I am originally from Greece. I completed my MSc in Developmental Psychology at Maastricht University, where I learned a lot about the development, thoughts, and behavior of children. Working with children is my passion and I enjoy helping them develop in their own unique way. At Kid's Garden, I think it's a great idea for children to be exposed to another language at a young age, and I am very interested in the Optimist method.
I believe it's important for children to get enough exercise, both indoors and outdoors. This is not only good for their physical health but also for their overall development. That's why I pay a lot of attention to promoting movement among the children and organizing fun activities, both indoors and outdoors. In this way, I want to contribute to their development.
Andriani, Educational Assistant
My name is Beau Jeurissen. I was born in 2003 and live in Maastricht.
On 30 June 2022, I obtained my diploma in educational assistant in Belgium. This diploma is recognised by the Dutch government.
During my internships in Belgium, I learned a lot and gained a lot of experience. Until last September, I worked in a childcare centre in Belgium.
From mid-October, I will be working at Kid's Garden, and I am really looking forward to this!
I always like to look at a child's needs and find it very beautiful to see their development grow. Trust and security therefore come first. See you soon!
Beau, Educational Assistant
My name is Marleen Ringens, born in Heerlen (1992) and living in Maastricht.
After my study MBO educational assistant I did experience in different childcare centers. I find it very beautiful to see how a child can grow and flourish. I like to help in their development. At Kid's Garden I find an extra incentive that a second language is offered.
My biggest hobby is singing in an opera choir SOP (Stichting opera Parkstad). I also enjoy baking, hiking, reading and spending time with my boyfriend or friends.
Together I hope we will have enjoyable time in Kid's Garden!
Marleen, Educational Assistant
My name is Kelsey I live in Holtum and I am mum of a baby daughter.
In 2020, I completed the training specialised pedagogical assistant level 4. During this training, I discovered that working with children of different ages gives a lot of pleasure and satisfaction. I enjoy guiding children in their development process and seeing them grow.
In my spare time, I enjoy doing fun things with my family, such as going out, going to the cinema and eating out. But you can also make me happy with a board game with friends.
I look forward to getting to know you.