Educational Approach

In our job the children take center stage. We orient ourselves to their age groups, their experiences, interests, and needs. We learn to recognize what is important for the children at any given moment by observing them.

We offer the children a place outside of their familiar home environment, where they can gain valuable experience within the sheltered context of their own group. Their social skills are developed further, they learn to become independent, to overcome their fears and to develop their self-confidence and individual capabilities.

The children are looked after by at least two native-speaking caregivers, who in addition to their regular qualifications are also trained in gestalt pedagogy.

It is very important to us that the children grow up and become joyful, self-confident people.

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Trips

Sleepovers at our facilities and overnight trips enable the children to experience separation from their parents in a sheltered environment together with other familiar faces.

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Sport

We have a weekly offering of gymnastics and physical activity under the supervision of a professional sports instructor.

In addition to the individual physical activity program for each group, there is an extra hour devoted to sports once a week in rooms that are specifically designed for this. Because of our participation in the Kinder in Bewegung project (Children in Motion), we are visited by qualified sports specialists.

In cooperation with TC Rot Weiß Mitte Kiga gGmbH.

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Computer

Computers belong to our world like grass belongs to the meadows and in most instances are already firmly integrated into family life. Our staff members, who regularly improve their computer skills in Bits21 courses, show the children that you can do a lot more with computers than just play games (as older siblings do) or write texts (as parents do). Children aged four upwards can participate in a "computer course" once a week.

The children can be introduced to computers and technology in a manner appropriate to children in our specially-built computer area.

Our Playground Rules Project

This video shows the work of some of our computer course kids. Their task was to create a photo story that we could use as a wall display in the Kindergarten. The kids were so enthusiastic that they ended up turning the result into this video. The adults supervising only played a supporting role in the creation of the storyline, the setting of the scenes and the taking of the photos. The children completed the bulk of the task independently. We think they deserve a round of applause and a pat on the back! The kids can certainly be proud of their achievement!

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Activities

On excursions, the children can explore the city and nature.

Through visits to children's theatres, museums, etc., we hope to encourage the children to enjoy culture and art.

In our traffic education, we teach the children how to use public transit and to feel secure and safe when maneuvering around the big city in street traffic. In environment education, we communicate a cautious approach to the environment and bring the children closer to nature, which is particularly important for those of us living in big cities.

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Culture

Because culture is also communicated via language, we place emphasis on celebrating the different "Spanish", "English", and "German" cultural festivities (Three King's Day, Flower Festival, St. Nick's Day, St. Valentine's Day, etc.) traditions, customs, and songs with the children.

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Preparation for pre-school

A uncomplicated preschool course in German, Spanish, and English takes place in the world-explorer room.

A workshop with an art studio and a computer room complete the spatial amenities, creating a stimulating environment, in which the children are able, and encouraged to experiment.

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Yoga

A qualified teacher offers a weekly yoga course for children aged three upwards as a means of promoting conscious body awareness in addition to sports. This supports and gently promotes the children's concentration and coordination abilities.

What is important for us here is that the children get to know their bodies by doing yoga exercises.

This allows the children to relax and forget the flurry of city life for a moment.

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Languages

The children are provided with either a Spanish/German or English/German bilingual educational setting to nurture and foster their linguistic development.

We work according to the principle of "one person, one language" which means that each staff member speaks his/her native language. The different languages are thus spoken and acquired alongside each other in a fully equitable manner.

Language acquisition is enhanced in the specific partner language (Spanish or English) in an additional early music education program.

The children thus learn the languages offered in our day care in a playful and joyful ("alegría") manner.

Our focus lies on the Spanish/German and the English/German cultures, however children from other cultural backgrounds are naturally welcome to join us.

Language communicates more than just words.

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Music

Music is international

An early musical upbringing enables the children to experience the fun of singing, dancing, and making music.

We also offer our children a music program in the respective partner language (Spanish or English) once a week in rooms that are specifically designed for this purpose.

This program is designed and taught by native speakvers with the appropriate qualifications in early music education. In addition to the traditional instruments such as the recorder and guitar, we also use panpipes and the double bass.

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Parents

To promote the transparency of our work, we provide information for parents through postings on the bulletin board, regular meetings in the evening with parents, personal talks with parents, and letters to all parents.

We regularly hold parent-caregiver meetings in the evening where we keep the parents up-to-date with the achievements in the groups and their child's development. If necessary, we can also arrange an individual meeting with the caregiver(s).

Special project days give parents the chance to show off their creativeness at the day care.

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