The community day care of Nova Holanda, a local non-profit organization, does socio-educational work with children between 2-4 yrs of age and their families, who live in the Maré neighborhood. Maré is situated between the Red Line and Brazil Avenue and crossed by the Yellow Line, the three principal routes of circulation that integrate the city. The neighborhood is considered the biggest complex of favelas in the city of Rio de Janeiro, with approximately 132,000 inhabitants in 38,000 homes.
The day care runs Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, attending 45 children daily, and offering breakfast, lunch, a snack, and dinner. The day care is also open on the weekends when there are extra integration activities planned by the staff.
The guarantee of feeding the students is fundamental for the development of their diverse potentials. Food education is an added element that involves both the children and their families, with different themes addressed in monthly meetings with the children’s guardians. Family nutrition influences the eating habits of the child and we believe that it creates a fundamental synthesis to work with good habits from childhood.
The children are put in groups according to their age, and age-appropriate activities and goals are developed in each group. Each group has four educators who alternate in groups of two, assisted by two cooks, two general assistants, an administrative secretary, and coordinators. The activities developed with the children are planned collectively in monthly meetings with the entire team and in weekly meetings between teachers and education coordinators.
The educational purpose of the day care is manifested in the planned activities that come from the curricular reference for Childhood
Education: Personal and Social Formation and World Knowledge, structured through Movement, Written and Oral Language, Nature and Society, Mathematics, and Visual Arts, all of which are linked to the reality of the students, their families, and the community.