Opleiding Babies in daycare (IKK)

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Native English?

Do you speak Dutch, but prefer to learn in English? Then this version of the e-learning ‘Babies in daycare’ is the right fit for you!

‘Babies in daycare’ is a translation of the Dutch version of the e-learning ‘Baby’s in de kinderopvang’. It is IKK-certified. The theory and practical assignments have been translated into English. The articles in the library are in Dutch.

Why is it important to complete this course?

  • Babies ask for a different approach compared to toddlers, preschoolers, and school children. As a baby-expert, you want to be able to act based on specialist knowledge.
  • We know more and more about babies from scientific research. Many brain studies have been done on babies and we are happy to share the results with you. Acting on the basis of this latest knowledge ensures even more quality in the daycare.
  • The care and stimulation during the first 1000 days will have a major impact on a child’s development, behavior, learning ability, health and well-being. The result of the treatment of the baby in these first few years is still noticeable when they are adults.
    This is the reason why your actions are of great importance. You will have a great influence on the rest of the baby’s life. Which is extraordinary, right?

I now have plenty of ideas to stimulate the development. The practical assignments helped me become aware of the way I communicate with the babies in our group.”



A baby’s development

The development of the brains and body of the baby. What the areas of development are and how you can stimulate the baby’s development.

Communication with babies

Why is good contact with babies important? Which types of physical contact there are and how do they affect the contact between you and the baby. How do you pick up a baby correctly? And more!

Play and activities with babies

You discover the importance of play for a baby’s development. You learn how you can positively influence the quality of the play. You also learn which toys and activities suit the baby’s needs best and how you can put together a well-considered set of activities. And much more!

Structure and organisation

You learn the importance of structure and organisation and the impact of it with daily practice. Which dilemmas you might encounter and how to deal with those.

The baby’s environment

Why is a proper environment important and what are the characteristics. You learn ways in which the (educational) vision of the daycare centre determines and influences the room design.

Cooperation with parents

Why is cooperation so important? What mutual cooperation entails. How can you coordinate the care for the baby. What is the importance of settling in? What is important during the handover at pick up and drop off time. And how to deal with conflicting interests.


For whom?

This course is meant for everyone who is working with babies in daycare. Maybe you already have years of experience working with babies, or you just graduated. Maybe you are very driven to learn more about babies. Or maybe you are taking this course because your manager requires its employees to be certified to work with babies.


In the Netherlands this course is ‘IKK-certified’. To be allowed to work with babies in daycare in the Netherlands, it is mandatory to have completed additional training. As of January 1, 2025, anyone working with babies in daycare needs to have an official certificate proving that they have completed a training specialising in babies in daycare. Your certificate from this course is officially recognised.

Practical assignments

This course also contains ‘Practical assignments’ in which we ask you to carry out practical assignments at your own nursery. We invite you to include your colleagues, coach and manager in your learning progress, by asking them to collaborate with you on the practical assignments. Our team consisting of specialised educationists and subject-matter experts will grade your assignment and will provide feedback.



Do you want to register more than 12 participants? Or do you want to combine the course with a follow-up training? Then please contact us. Contact us for a custom quote!

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