Our kindergarten has an enrollment of around 105 children between the ages of 1-6 years. The children are organized into groups of 16-20 students led by German-speaking educators and Ethiopian teaching assistants.
Our pedagogical approach focuses on each child's developmental needs, experiences and interests. We aim to encourage independence, empathy, frustration tolerance and hands-on learning through play and exploration. Our goals are to facilitate well-rounded development across physical, cognitive, language, social-emotional and other domains.
We see each child as special and unique with their own strengths, talents, interests, needs and learning styles. Our role is to nurture and empower each child's individuality and self-confidence. We aim to support their positive self-image and help them build on their abilities and potential as individuals.
Our facility has several rooms including a large nursery room, three kindergarten group rooms, two preschool rooms, an outdoor area and more.
The daily schedule provides structure and routine. It includes time for play, learning activities, meals, rest and targeted language instruction. Highlights of the schedule:
Our educational concepts align with the Thuringian Curriculum, focusing on child development areas like language, math, music, art, science, motor skills and socio-cultural education. We have the KonLab language program, a research-based early language development program beneficial for children with needs. Children receive 1-2 hours daily of KonLab instruction.
Daily activities provide a balanced mix of structure and free play. Circle time, creative lessons, music and role playing are included. Sports and motor activities facilitate coordination. Free play is also essential for children to explore interests, with teacher support. A blend of guided and open exploration caters to different learning styles.
We place immense importance on building close cooperation between parents and educators for each child's optimal development. Our teaching philosophy centers around the child, but we recognize parents are the foremost experts on their children.