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 | Sindy
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

Kid's Garden Maastricht | Joyce
Kid's Garden Maastricht | Ghislaine

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

Kid's Garden Maastricht | Zuzanna
Kid's Garden | Petra

My name is Petra Reintjens. I am 31 years old and live in Maastricht.
I obtained SPW levels 3 and 4 and completed the Social Work programme in 2016.
I was able to gain a lot of experience at my first job, where I worked as a group supervisor for 5 years and supervised children of different ages.
I like to work with children in an enthusiastic, creative and educational way and I like to see how everyone develops in their own way and at their own pace. I think it's important to build a good relationship of trust with the children for them to feel safe at Kid's Garden.
See you soon!

Petra, Pedagogical assistant

I am Fabienne (27), graduated from the SPW4 programme in 2013. After this study, I tried the occupational therapy course for 1 year, after which I came to the conclusion that my love of travelling was slightly greater and this discipline was not quite my thing. In the meantime, I have always continued to work at one of my internship positions as a replacement. In 2015 I went to Ibiza during the summer period to work for a half Spanish/half Dutch family as an au-pair. This is where my passion for Spain and the Spanish language originated. In 2016 I traveled to Australia for 2 years, this was a dream come true for me. While travelling I learned a lot about myself, other people and other cultures. 
In January 2019 I came back to the Netherlands and started working in a hotel. However, I wanted to work with children again. During Covid, I started studying child psychology as I am very interested in the development, thinking and behavior of children. I am looking forward to share all my knowledge, to get to know you and your child and to contribute to your child's development.

Fabienne, Pedagogical assistant

Kid's Garden | Fabienne
Kid's Garden | Tabea

Since August 2020 I am a new face at Kid's Garden. My name is Tabea.  When people hear that I am a music therapist, they usually immediately think that I work with children. For a couple of years I worked with children with a lot of pleasure as well as a guest parent or pedagogical assistant. And now in your childcare centre.
In addition, I have been working as a music therapist in adult psychiatry for many years. In between I was also the owner of a small papeterie in Maastricht for a number of years. It was nice to do but I missed colleagues. 
As you can see I have many interests including nature, walking, travelling, art and culture, singing, rowing, being creative and so on. For the past 6 years I grew an interest for bee-keeping, which is a fascinating and engaging hobby. 
Fascination and challenges are also part of my two jobs. They complement each other very well and I can put a lot in them: attention, care, loving approach and a lot of creativity while simultaneously getting a lot back. But the best gifts are happy and content children and parents. 

Tabea, Pedagogical assistant

Hello, my name is Senna Severens (19), I live in Ransdaal. I just graduated as a pedagogical assistant. My ambition is to contribute to the wide development of the children which is the reason why I think Kid's Garden suits me well. The Optimist method and the fact that children have the opportunity to discover another language. Kid's Garden fits in well with my ambitions. which is why I chose this nursery. 

I decided to continue studying this academic year as a level 4 pedagogical assistant. Last school year I obtained my level 3 diploma. I  now work at Kid's Garden as an intern but also as a full pedagogical assistant.

Senna, Pedagogical Intern

Kid's Garden | Senna

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