Victoria Cerise, a new kind of private nursery, is located in Brussels near the headquarters of NATO. The nursery is situated in a house with an enclosed garden. Victoria Cerise provides the perfect setting for your child to grow and develop.
At Victoria Cerise your child will learn, grow and have fun.
The ethos of our nursery is that, from the age of three months, the children will participate in games, a musical awareness programme, psychomotor activities and self expression on a daily basis.
We will encourage an enjoyment of learning in your child to enable him or her to develop socially, emotionally and intellectually. Our activities will be organised in English, Dutch and French.
In addition to multilingual teaching and the personalised service offered to parents we also provide a transition class which is housed in the same building as the nursery. We believe that Victoria Cerise is unique in offering this. The class will be taught by a graduate teacher who is an expert in the field of nursery education. Between the ages of 2 and 4 your child will be given the opportunity to continue to learn in a familiar and multilingual environment. This will make the transition from nursery to school much easier.
Victoria Cerise is able to offer both a high quality nursery and a transition class in a safe, stimulating and caring environment.
New studies in child development have shown that the first three years of a child’s life are the most important. Therefore, the care and attention given during these years is crucial and critical to the future well being and development of the child.
It is for this reason that we decided to create a nursery which offers an educational structure to support your child’s development.
Our whole approach is based on active learning (Freinet, Montessori, Decroly …) the basis of which is a belief that the child is free to be and that his or her development is a natural process that should not be forced. Your child, from a very young age, will be discovering and learning for his or herself with the teacher acting as a facilitator and accompanist. The teacher will be sensitive to the needs of every child, non-judgmental, and caring.
Through this method the child can develop to his or her full potential intellectually, emotionally and socially.
Our teaching is based on the following principles:
- Each child explores the world with all their senses and the nursery should allow this to happen in a safe and controlled way.
- All disciplines are related and play a crucial role in the development of linguistic, emotional, social, fine and gross motor skills.
- The acquisition of skills is as important as the acquisition of knowledge,
- The teachers will support every child and assist them to achieve independence.
During the course of a day children have very active periods (need to explore), periods of concentration ( time for games ) and times of tiredness (need quiet and rest). In response to this we have developed a daily programme to accommodate these varying needs.
We believe that, like the teaching activities, an established daily routine plays an essential role in children’s learning.
One of the main features of our teaching is to encourage independence and initiative in the children. Therefore from an early age, first the children are encouraged and motivated to do things for themselves.
During snack and mealtimes the children have the opportunity to talk with each other and the adults to develop their vocabulary. Mealtimes are also an opportunity for the children to acquire new skills to increase their independence for example hand washing, the use of cutlery and drinking cups. All of the children help with the clearing of the tables following the snack and meal times.
All meals are prepared in the nursery. All dishes are prepared with fresh products and no added salt.
Changing time is also a very important time of the day as it allows the interpersonal relationship between your child and the teacher to develop. During this time the adult gives her full attention to your child speaking and reassuring only him/ her as she changes his/her nappy. This is also an opportunity for the child to discover and become aware of his or her own body.
In addition, to ensure the physical well-being of your child, we favor the use of natural product for cleaning. For this reason we have liniment with olive oil and lime water. The daily use of this 100% natural product which can be used on children of all ages can significantly reduce the occurrence of nappy rash.
We believe it is essential to respect the biological rhythm of the child. As soon as your child begins to demonstrate signs of tiredness we will put them to bed so he or she can rest. Every child has their own customised bed (mobile, blanket, pacifier) to enable them to feel safe and comfortable . An adult will remain in the bedroom during nap time. To create a calm and relaxed atmosphere and to prepare the children for sleep soft music is played and stories are read. The children quickly adapt to the routine of nap times at the nursery.
At Victoria Cerise we follow a daily routine. Young children have little sense of time so it is essential to give them points of reference throughout the day. Every activity is introduced by a little ritual (rhyme before the meal, song arrangement, ritual blanket etc. ). The children become familiar with the rituals and the activities which accompany them. In this way the children soon learn the routine of the day and the order of the daily activities.
The daily activities are adapted to meet the needs of the different age groups within the nursery. For the youngest babies we organise awareness activities which include the sensory mat for babies under six months, mobiles music etc. (link small section and babies)
Educational objectives of 0-3 years
When thinking about educational goals it is necessary to consider the whole child.
Between the ages of 0 and 3 years children learn to walk, talk, become aware of their own bodies, begin to develop their personality, discover the world around them, learn to share and to express their needs and wants.
Each age is characterised by major changes and the acquisition of new skills. As specialists in early childhood we are committed to support your child in.
- The development of social skills
- Gross and fine and motor skills development
- The development of personality, acquiring self-confidence and taking initiative
- The development of emotional intelligence and socio emotional skills
- The development of language and cognitive skills
Because the area of early childhood is our job and our passion, we strive to ensure the well-being of children.
A day at Victoria Cerise
In the nursery each day is punctuated by structured activities suited to the abilities of each child, moments of free play and routines including snack times, mealtimes, changing times and nap time.
Activities and game
Every day we organise various activities that we adapt to the skills and the age of each child.
The children will learn the names of the colours and learn the different techniques of drawing, painting and design. Drawing helps to develop fine motor skills through the manipulation of brushes, crayons, chalk or fingers. Design allows the children to express themselves in a non verbal way and helps to develop their creative side.
Musical activities and rhythmic sessions
For this activity the children have the opportunity to handle musical instruments.The children are introduced to sounds, noises, melodies and rhythm from a very early age. This activity gives the children the opportunity to discover all kinds of musical styles and world music.
During this activity the children will explore different materials including salt dough, plasticine, clay, shaving foam, fabric, beads. etc. Children are free to touch, experiment with and discover different textures and properties. This activity will help develop fine motor skills
This activity allows the children to discover new ways to move to the rhythm of music. These activities are good for the development of gross motor skills. We can vary these activities to meet the needs of every child.
It is essential for children to participate in pretend play where they mimic the actions of everyday life for example cooking, cleaning, looking after a doll. This type of play is important as through it children learn how to manipulate everyday items and how to interact with others. Role play allows the child to open up more easily to others and to free himself from his own inhibitions.
In this type of play the children make all the decisions without adult intervention.The children can play freely and spontaneously. This play enables the children to explore different ways of handling objects and materials and developing reasoning skills.
In addition to structured activities part of each day will be devoted to free play. The educational value of free play is crucial. Many toys are available and the children can play freely and independently with them. Adults are present, remain attentive and available to play, tell stories or sing songs should a child request it. However, the adult only intervenes at the request of the child. It is important to respect the times of free play that are sources of creativity and help develop children’s imaginations. Without adult intervention, children learn to create spontaneous connections amongst themselves and often they discover the rules of conflict, resolution and negotiation.
These sessions encourage the development of gross motor skills. The children discover different ways to move. They are able to express themselves freely and creatively with their bodies.
In this activity the children are able to explore and develop their thinking and to discover the world around them through their five senses.
Monday – A.M
Monday – P.M
Songs, action songs, rhymes
Tuesday – A.M
Tuesday – P.M
Gym carpet activities and relaxation
Wednesday – A.M
Laboratoire, manipulation and creativity
Wednesday – P.M
Thursday – A.M
Thursday – P.M
Friday – A.M
Learning through free play
Friday – P.M
Once your child can walk they will be introduced to the Middle group. This group has a home corner, dolls for role play activities, a large play area that we use for psychomotor and structured activities, a reading corner, a relaxation area and an area with tables and chairs. This room has a large bay window which overlooks the garden. Your child will stay within this group until they are ready, both physically and intellectually, to move to the nursery class.
Every day the teachers offer structured or semi- structured activities. These activities are carried out on the basis of educational thinking to meet the needs of children.
The structured activities are generally group activities and include sensory manipulation, musical awareness, self-expression, artistic, linguistic and heuristic play, role play etc. The children are invited to join in with the activities but are not made to participate. We believe that despite their young age the children have the right to decide what they want to do. However, most children will choose to join in the activities.
In the semi-structured activities the teacher will provides a selection of activities and the children are free to choose their activities. The children can work individually or in groups. The children can change activities at any time. In order to acquire a skill a child needs to repeat an activity a number of times and so the teachers ensure that they can do this.
The themes and topics covered relate to the seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter) and the major events of the year (Carnival, Christmas etc. ). The themes are chosen to provide experiences to which the children can relate and share their ideas and opinions.
At different times during the year the teachers organise semi -structured “exploration laboratories”. This offers the children the opportunity to conduct experiments, make assumptions and draw conclusions for themselves.
The teachers encourage the children to develop a love of nature. At Victoria Cerise we favour the use of natural materials, recycled materials or simply elements from nature (stones, leaves, logs, pine cones etc). Children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring the natural world.
If the weather permits the children can use the garden where there is space for them to run and play together . There is a good selection of outdoor equipment (slides, swings, sandpit). During this time the children are encouraged to explore, touch, observe the plants and fruits and of course study the insects in the garden. Water games are provided in the hot weather.
During the spring the teachers organise gardening sessions where the children dig the soil, plant seeds, and take care of the plants. The herbs which we grow are used in other activities, for example, work on the senses.
All of the activities are based on the philosophy that the children must be able to experiment, be free to choose, move and manipulate. This ensures that the children discover things for themselves.
We welcome your child into a fully equipped house, with a large bright living room and spacious bedrooms. All of the furniture is suitable for children, including a mini toilet and mini sink. We prefer natural materials like wood. The kitchen is equipped with unbreakable and child friendly crockery.
Whenever the weather permits, the children have access to a garden equipped with swings, slides and sandboxes together with grassy areas.
A settling in period is necessary for any child who joins the nursery.
This enables the child to adjust to the other children and the staff in a secure environment with at least one parent close by in the first days. This period also provides the opportunity for the staff to assess the individual requirements of the child.
The settling in period is the last week of the month preceding the entry of your child to the nursery.
Below is the timetable for the settling in period – With this program, we hope to reassure both children and parents.This settling in period should not exceed 4 days.
Victoria Cerise is open every weekday from 07:30 am to 18:30.
Holidays 2017 – 2018
First day of nursery : Wednesday 16 August 2017
Parent’s reunion: Tuesday 17 October 2017
- Winter Break: Monday 25 December 2017-Friday 5 January 2018
- Labor Day: Tuesday 1 May 2018
- The Ascension: Thursday 10-Friday 11 May 2018
- Pentecost: Monday 21 May 2018
- Summer Holiday: Friday 20 July 2018 – 17 August 2018
Annual Nursery Closure
- Winter Break: Monday 25 December 2017-Friday 5 January 2018
- Summer Break: Friday 20 July 2018 – 17 August 2018
- Halloween Party: Friday 27 October 2017
- Saint Nicolas Party : Wednesday 6 December 2017
- Christmas Party: Friday 22 December 2017
- Carnival Party: Friday 9 February 2018
- Easter Party: Friday 30 March 2018
- Monday 27 November 2017
- Friday 16 March 2018