Educo represents a colorful world of playful learning, new ideas and challenging educational games. Learning instinctively when playing, children gain valuable experiences allowing them to grow and develop. The active hands-on products of Educo encourage play-based learning and inspire growth and success in children aged 2-6 years.

In order to develop full potential, the range is designed and categorized in distinct and clear learning goals and skills and allows focus on each child`s individual talents. Educo products revolve around every day situations and help children to associate games with regular subjects, turning the learning process into a simulation of their natural environment.

The Educo products are based on international standard for curricula, goals and skills, and meet the requirements of pre school preparation.

Categories of the Educo curriculum:

Mathematical Play
Future understanding of mathematics in young learners requires an early foundation based on a high-quality, challenging and accessible mathematics education. Through an effective curriculum, challenging materials and good teaching practices children become acquainted in an unnoticed and incidental fashion with quantities, numbers, colors, shapes and figures. Gradually children start to recognize and engage in counting and numbers and these come significant to them through meaning and insight.

Language Play
Education of language means learning the skills of being able to communicate with each other, to react to another person and to cooperate. Children recognize that if they can communicate individually they will stay capable of acting and can become an equal partner in a dialogue. Communication takes part in different experimental environments, in games, structured play and free play. During negotiation processes, children learn to formulate arguments for their own positions. Partaking in the act of negotiation allows them to recognize early on that there is an effect by talking. Moreover, language can become a game by itself by thinking of fantasy words, during role play or while imagining stories together. Children learn to distinguish between their own wishes and needs and to recognize the effect of non-verbal communication through facial expression, body language or sign language.

Motor Play
Every form of movement develops a sense of self and a self-concept in children. Through movements children will recognize their own body structure as well as develop their identity of gender. The gross and fine motor skills are divided into movements that are coordinative challenging (for example hand-eye coordination) or are performed with the whole body.

Puzzle Play
Making a puzzle is all about trying to fit the right pieces into the right place. The main goal for children is to improve their coordination, fine motor skills, as well as their language and cognitive capacities. Solving problems, making decisions, and practicing memory skills are activities that are stimulated through puzzle play.

Pretend Play
Imagination and simulation is all about applying language skills and acting out different roles. The main goal of pretend play is for children is to re-enact a story and to organize a play. Experimenting with social and emotional roles of life and using language that fits to the context are activities that stimulate the imagination and simulation.

History of Educo

1982
Educo was founded in 1982 in Rijssen, a municipality in the eastern Netherlands, by Wim Kronenburg and his brother-in-law Ton van den Berg with the objective of developing and producing innovative educational materials destined for use at pre-schools, in support of special needs education and to be made available for children frequenting Dutch toy libraries.

From its early start the brand has had a close cooperation with Heutink Primary Education, whom included the Educo products in its range complementing their own line of learning materials.

2001
After many years of collaborating successfully Heutink acquires Educo.

2005
Immense popularity grows the Educo brand bigger than ever. To meet export and quality requirements, production of the Educo educational range is transferred to the Heutink manufacturing facility in China.

2007
Heutink acquires the eponymous brand Nienhuis, a prime producer of Montessori materials. The continued growth of Educo and increasing worldwide distribution of the brand results in the sales and logistics departments of its headquarters in Rijssen to be closed and merged with the Nienhuis headquarters in Zelhem as this location was better equipped for export.

2014
Heutink acquires Stempelfabriek & Jegro, which was founded in 1913 as a manufacturer of fine wood work in the town Bolswerd, located in the north of the Netherlands. The addition of this brand results in the formation of Heutink International in 2014. To this day Educo, as well as the three other Heutink International educational brands, still operates from its head office in Zelhem.

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