The opening hours of Dikkedeur after-school care (BSO) are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 14.30 to 18.30 and Wednesday from 11.30 to 18.30. During the summer holiday the BSO is open from 7.30 to 18.30.
Occasionally schools are closed on normal working days (because of adv-days for instance). The BSO will then also be open all day provided that at least 6 children have been enrolled for that day.
Dikkedeur is open during 51 weeks a year. We will be closed on public holidays and on the annual teamday (‘teamdag’), as well as between Christmas and New-year. Before the start of a new year you receive an up-to-date list of important dates, including the days Dikkedeur is closed.
Grouping by age
As in the day-care, the children in the BSO are grouped by age. You will not find groups with an age range from 4 to 12 years at Dikkedeur. Children play with peers of their own age, set in groups with their own range of age appropriate play and activities. The youngest BSO children are cared for in a safe environment near the day-care they were used to, the Basis-bso. From the age of 7 they move to a more exiting and adventurous environment, the Buiten-bso, with two locations in the forest (Kralingse bos). The second location, the water-scouting, is reserved for the eldest children (from 9 years).
At BSO we also work with zorgleidsters. BSO-children are in a different developmental stage though, and the relation between zorgleidster and child is different: it is no longer about the primary care nor about developing a safe attachment. What remains is an eye for the needs of the child and for its emotional signals. At the BSO each child also receives the individual attention it needs. Furthermore, the zorgleidster of your child is your primary contact.
Health and exercise
After school children need an entirely different endeavour. When they arrive at the BSO the pedagogic crew therefore immediately starts with an interesting program. Of course that program is different at Basis-bso than at Buiten-bso, but in both cases we focus on health and exercise.
Health policy at BSO comprises: healthy food and drinks of moderate size; everyday fresh fruit; as little time as possible spend at a table (after sitting in school all day); running and playing in a large gymnasium, where all kinds of sport- and play-activities are possible. Health and exercise also entails: often going outside; the youngsters visit the nearby play-ground, children’s farm or little neighbourhood park, while the elderly play in the forest every day. Moreover, each day the elderly cycle to their site in the Kralingse bos, accompanied by the pedagogic crew. During this healthy cycling trip they also learn how to act safely in traffic. At the end of the day the children cycle back to the Basis-bso, where you can pick-up your child.