HET BONTE HUIS ......... House of Colours

kleinschalige en kunstzinnige kinderopvang in Haarlem

Dear Parents,

Below you will find a small summary of what we do and who we are at Het Bonte Huis.
Please read and enjoy...

HET BONTE HUIS is a small-scale childcare centre for children aged between 20 months and 4 years.

It is open daily from 08.00 – 18.00 and is located on the Donkere Spaarne in the heart of Haarlem. The space is both calm and inviting to children and there is outside space with a sandpit, slide, hanging seat and a couple of rabbits and the smallest chickens you are likely to encounter!

The Bonte Huis is the only childcare centre in Haarlem that works with one small group. There are never more than 7 children in the group at any one time. Children can attend for both full and/or half days depending on the needs of your family.

The Bonte Huis is the inspiration of Barbara Gerlach who has developed her own style of interacting with children, which she calls ‘Primary Nuturing’

There is plenty of time and space for creativity, individuality and independence. Nature and the seasons play an important role in The Bonte House and this is reflected in the books, the toys (which are primarily unformed and made from natural materials), and the activities that are on offer and the ever-changing window scenes and sensory table.

Barbara takes ideas from both Antroposophy and Reggio Emilia and adds her own love and experience to create an environment where children feel safe and understood, where they can be creative and a whole lot more.

You are always welcome to pay a visit to see and feel The Bonte Huis for yourself, there is never any obligation and we can be contacted, preferably via email, at info@hetbontehuis.nl

Opening times

Morning 08.00-12.30

( Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday )

Whole day 08.00-18.00

( Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday )

Group dynamics

The group is a vertical (mixed age) group with a maximum of 7 children ranging from 20 months to 4 years.

Adult to child ratio

In the mornings there is 1 group leader and 1 assistant

In the afternoon there is 1 group leader

Monthly payments

The monthly payments are based on an average monthly cost for childcare. There is no charge for holidays (5 weeks in total).

Have a look at: Tarieven Het bonte Huis Haarlem

  • Invoices are to be paid made monthly in advance via direct debit.
  • There is no charge for the holiday period but public holidays are charged for.
  • The hourly rate is € 10,65
  • Payment begins on the first day that the child attends Het Bonte Huis (incl settling in period)
  • If a child begins half way through the month a separate calculation is made (this also applies to the month wherein the child leaves Het Bonte Huis)
  • If holiday is taken outside of Bonte Huis holidays the full price will be charged. If a child is ill the full price will be charged. However these days may be taken in lieu provided they are done within 1 month of the holiday/ illness.
  • On request we can provide you with an annual statement at the beginning of each year

On our internal site you will find more detailed information about Het Bonte Huis.
As soon as your son/daughter has a confirmed placement you will receive the username and password for this site.