About us


Child-care should be available to every child, that’s my vision. Children who are a hand full, children who are quiet, children with a disability, children who are bilingual (or trilingual), children with an allergy and all children I didn’t mention before. My name is Brenda and I am the director/owner of Carpe Diem. I am married and together we have two children, a son who is 23 years old and a daughter who is 19 years old. My son has a disability and when he was little I searched for child-care for him, but I couldn’t find it. That’s the reason I wanted to start my own child-care center, one where all children are welcome. Unfortunately I didn’t have experience in professional child-care and I didn’t have the necessary diploma’s. I did have a friend who worked in child-care and I asked her for advice. April first 2000 I was ready and I opened KinderOntwikkelingsCentrum Carpe Diem (Child Development Center), with a couple of child-care teachers who had the right credentials. This was 19 years ago and in the mean time I got my credentials (SPW3, PW4, Praktijkopleider, Kinder-EHBO, BHV) and I have taken many courses. To further extend my knowledge I have studied (for three years) at the PABO to learn more about teaching sciences, giving me the chance to integrate my teaching knowledge into our many preschool activities in the best possible way!

From an early age on I knew I wanted to work with children, as they are honest and I think it’s great to be a part of their development. When Brenda started Carpe Diem in 2000 I worked at a different child-care center and she asked my for advice. That’s right, I am the friend who worked in child-care! My name is Melanie and I have been working in child-care for over 24 years. Besides my extended experience in child-care I am mother to two daughters, aged 20 and 18, and a son aged 15. In June 2001 I was looking for a new challenge and I came to work at Carpe Diem. After six amazing years in which I saw Carpe Diem grow, I wanted to know what it was like to work for a big organization in child-care. Until then I had worked at several smaller organizations and I was curious to find out how everything worked in a big organization. After taking in a lot of experience at this big organization, Brenda called me in 2011, asking me if I wanted to come back to Carpe Diem as manager and she offered me an education to further my skills. And so I returned to Carpe Diem and together with Brenda I am responsible for all daily matters. We set the policy together and we both work as teachers in the group. I really like the fact that I have a large input in our policies and that I can use all my experience and skills to benefit the children of Carpe Diem.

We work together with Anouk, Myrte, Yvon, Anna, Kaylee, Israe and Nathalie and trainees from several universities.


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