Training for a safe NEST for children in refugee centres in the Netherlands

This was the last part of a two day training for the team managers of the two new Vrolijke Nest Centers at refugee centres in Drachten and Zeewolde. Subjects that were discussed were International Perspectives on Child Development, themes such as agency, resilience and self efficacy of children, and how to deal with destructive/negative behavior. Also the underlining theory and philosophy behind the Nest model was explained. 

The ‘Nest model: a Home Away from Home’ is an after-school programme developed in Bosnia and Herzegovina by KinderpostzegelsIN Foundation and ICDI, and is implemented in the Netherlands by De Vrolijkeid. The Nationale Postcode Loterij supports this programme.

Zeewolde officially opened its doors in October 2017 and although some activities have already been started, the Nest Centre in Drachten will officially be opened in January 2018.

Present were the team leaders from Drachten and Zeewolde, with additional support from Natasja Knapp (Team Leader of the Nest Centre in Burgum) and Monique Hoving of the Vrolijkheid headquarters.

It was very important to have teams from different locations meet up and share differences and experiences, but most of all come to a common understanding of what the goals and intentions are of Nest: to provide a home away from home for children living in refugee centres in the Netherlands.

For more information on Nest please we refer to the NEST programme and the NEST model