The Visserschool opened a pre-school in 2006: Peuterspeelzaal 't Smurfje. This pre-school is intended for pupils aged 2.5 to 6. The pre-school and years 1 and 2 follow a program known as Ko-totaal. Puppets Puk and Ko are the main characters in this program. The program is thematic and teaches children about the world. The focus is on language skills, social and communicative skills, and early math. The themes really tie in with children's experiences.
Attending pre-school is not obligatory. However, children that do attend pre-school are better prepared for primary school and achieve better results. The program ensures there is no break in their development process. Instead, there is fluid switch between pre-school and primary school. The pre-school teachers and elementary school teachers collaborate closely. There is a clear transition between pre-school and elementary school and the teachers discuss things thoroughly.
Pre-school is free in de Baarsjes. You will find the pre-school on the Visserschool's premises.