The (Mis)education of Children in The Netherlands - Part 4
If you ask what is the typical Dutch habit, mostly everyone will answer: You need to ask them exactly what you want. Well, at the beginning I simply couldn't believe it. If you want to be a teacher, than you have to know what you have to do, and not wait for others to tell you. Same thing for any other job in the world. But not, apparently, for the workers at the creche where I took Leonardo in March. The experience was so bad, so unbelievable, that I thought I could never understand the "Dutch Way".
Then, I tried again.
I took Leonardo to the same place, at the creche (daycare, in Dutch) of a thermal station close to Eindhoven. With my hearth pumping, nervous from head to toe, and nearly shaking (inside), I went to speak to one of the worker. And this time she was listening. Carefully. To every word I said. Please, give Leonardo his food, then he can eat all alone. Please, change his nappy around 11, just before lunch. If he cries, he can have some cookies. And please, help him with the straw, or else he won't be able to drink his juice. Then went. He was playing peacefully.
In three (3!) hours, a friend called me to check because he was crying, but he even stopped by himself and went along fine with the other kids. Three hours. And no problem at all.
What happened? A miracle? NO! Simply, some ladies from the International Women Club of Eindhoven, that I joined in February, talked openly to these workers and told them that we wanted them to be more committed to the children's need, more careful in listening to us, more kind to the kids... AND IT WORKED. It really worked. As simple as that.
So, now, do you think I can easily find a place to leave him? Do you really think that this is going to be the solution for all of my problem with creche, preschools and stuff? Hope so...