At home daycare Mark the Manny

Mark the Manny, is a personal and small at home daycare located on Hembrugstraat 328. It is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 to 18:00 for children aged 1,5 to 4 years.

How it works

Parents enter into a contract through Drakepit (, a host parent agency of the Mark Manny which was chosen based on their anthroposophical educational vision. The hourly rate is EUR 7.50. This amount includes organic food for the children and an hourly contribution to Drakepit. In addition the Drakepit requests parents to pay EUR 35 as monthly contribution. Through this partnership, the parent is entitled to childcare allowance back from tax authorities. The organic food is bought bij Ekoplaza and for the warm lunch Mark the Manny has a partnership with Madaga, great little foods.

Safe and Secure

Mark the Manny offers an environment where small size for greater focus, commitment and quality are central themes. There is good interaction with parents and monitoring by the agency Drakepit. A warm, social and emotional environment is created for the child. A place where young children are fully involved, feel completely at home, connect and discover their own abilities and talents. For parents Mark the Manny is a safe and familiar place where their toddler can develop.

The role of at home day care

Home day care is a relatively new profession that requires a personal touch, pedagogical skills and strong social skills. The child care giver stands as a professional next to the parents and plays an important supporting role in the upbringing of the child. It also takes care of a warm and loving environment that is needed to grow up. This is an exciting combination of professionalism and working from your heart.

The core values of Mark the Manny. 

Safety. Mark the Manny strives to create a safe, open and constructive environment that allow the child to safely express itself and grow. Children can develop as they wish and feel comfortable with. Mark the Manny is run by Mark and he has been trained to ensure that climate. Mark ensures their comfort and empowers them to make their own decisions and most of all lots of hugs and love.

Space to explore. Children are allowed to express their own pace and space for development. Mark the Manny focusses on this by observing what children need in material or assistance and to offer it to them.

Mark the Manny was inspired by the anthroposophical worldview of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1862-1925). He emphasized the importance of children developing their own individuality during childhood within a social context.

Also, the educational vision of the Italian pedagogue Loris Malaguzzi (1920-1994) inspires Mark the Manny. The starting point of his Reggio Emilia approach is that children are focused on communication. They thereby express themselves not only in spoken and written language, but also in mimicry, sound, dance, drama and music. Each one is important because each form has its own expressiveness and opportunities. Mark worked during his training for two years in accordance to Reggio Emilia curriculum.

Structure. It is important that during this period children can predict their day such that it helps them feel at ease and comfortable. Familiarity in routine helps them to relax and focus instead on enjoying their day.

Interiors and toys. Mark the Manny is aware of the role that sensory development plays in the daily life of a child and therefore pays great deal of attention to this aspect of the facility. The interior of the house and toys are carefully chosen; natural materials, colors and sounds are of great importance. Cotton, silk and wool are typically chosen for upholstery and bedding. The dolls are soft wool. The toys are mostly made of wood and always leaves room for personal interpretation. Is the weather nice? In the backyard there is a sandpit and a natural playground.

Educational. The small size of the group at the Mark Manny allows him to approach every child individually, understand and cater to their needs. He also takes an educational role in preparing for the transition to primary school. Furthermore, Mark in his role as volunteer of the neighborhood vegetable garden – soeptuin Bredius – brings a lot of knowledge and experience in the field of vegetable gardening. He will introduce the children to the organic gardening and provide them a grass roots experience.

Challenging. In the age group from 0 to 7 years, the physical development of the child is paramount; especially growth and motor skills. With enough play and exercise, the child effectively develops body control. Mark the Manny therefore chooses to consciously spend a significant time of the day outdoors. Mark's own vegetable garden, Kinderboerderij Westerpark, Paardenschool Kakelbont, Het Woeste Westen and Nemoland will be visited quite often.