Kinderopvang Zien expands its portfolio with De Torteltuin

Catapult guided the Groningen-based entrepreneurial duo Nicole Albers and Byung Oberink of Kinderopvang Zien with the acquisition of Kindercentrum De Torteltuin from Heerenveen (NL). The following press release was published about this deal.

HEERENVEEN (NL) – As of April 7, Kinderopvang de Torteltuin from Heerenveen has been acquired by Kinderopvang Zien. After ten years, Hanny (owner of Torteltuin) feels the time has come to hand over the company to a new party. That is why she hands over the baton to Nicole Albers and Byung Oberink, owners of Zien.

The people behind Zien

As the former founders and owners of Kits Kinderdagverblijf, Nicole Albers and Byung Oberink have extensive experience in the childcare profession. Within their new concept, they guard the ideas of Zien and work on translating the vision into all aspects of the childcare centre. Clear communication between staff members, children and parents is key in their approach. In addition, they distinguish themselves by investing in their staff through coaching and training which contributes to providing the best care for the children.

The pedagogical vision and quality of Zien

Zien’s pedagogical vision is based on Reggio Emilia (by educationalist Loris Malaguzzi) and Emmi Pikler. Nicole Albers, co-owner and member of the management board, explains: ‘A child has 100 languages and 100 ways of thinking, playing, talking, listening, and being amazed. Zien gives children the freedom to discover all these languages. This means that staff members have an eye for the development, talents, and potential of children. Moreover, Zien believes in both children’s and employees’ own skills, independence, identity, creativity and resilience. Together with all employees, parents and stakeholders, this vision will be translated into daily practice in the coming months.’

The visions of the Torteltuin and Kinderopvang Zien fit well together. This is one of the reasons why both parties are confident about the future. Owner Hanny has full confidence in the knowledge and skills that Zien has to offer. Thanks to the personal attention, open communication, and pleasant ambiance, Kinderopvang Zien is a safe place for children to grow up. In addition, Nicole and Byung create an environment in which employees can develop further as professionals and as people.

The aim of the acquisition is to expand Zien in phases through targeted acquisitions. This intended growth offers economies of scale and therefore gives new owners the opportunity to invest in quality, training, and coaching.