Our work is based on the “Quality Framework for Kindergarten and Preschool at German Schools Abroad” and the Thuringian Curriculum. It is based on the individual educational requirements of the child.
In 1840 the first kindergarten in the world was opened in Bad Blankenburg. Thus the kindergarten is a Thuringian invention. Daycare facilities for children as well as our kindergarten have an educational, upbringing and care mission that complements the family and enables children to experience something beyond the family framework.
For each area of education, central priorities and educational tasks are set. These educational areas are:
In order to make the children’s everyday life as realistic as possible, we work in mixed-age groups in a partially open concept. Each child has a fixed place in his or her home group. There they celebrate their birthdays together with their familiar kindergarten friends and meet daily for the morning circle. The educational activities take place partly in the home group and partly across the groups. During the free play time, the children can also use the play areas in the other group rooms, visit friends or just have a look at what the other teachers have to offer.
In this way we promote the children’s decision-making ability, independence and self-activity. They quickly find their way around the house and get to know many play and learning possibilities. Their social behaviour is trained as they come into contact with many different children and adults. However, if a child needs the closeness and security of their familiar surroundings, they are of course able to do so for as long as they need it.
Children learn in all life situations. All senses are used. They perceive their surroundings attentively and concentratedly, connecting them with movements, with research, action and play. The child’s play is the main activity in the children’s everyday life. Our task as educational specialists is to perceive what moves the children and how they express this in their play. We take part in the children’s discoveries and give impulses for deeper play. Observing, reflecting and documenting opens up the children’s themes and the possibility of supporting the learning and educational process individually.
Self-education processes play a decisive role in the child’s development. In order for them to shape their image of the world, they need opportunities, support and complementary impulses. Independently found solutions bring a sense of achievement, which is radiated in positive energy by the child. This positive learning attitude continues to shape the child beyond the kindergarten age.
We take the children seriously, accompany and support them in growing up to become self-determined individuals.
We want children to feel at home with us and spend the day in a harmonious atmosphere of security and peace. Therefore we attach great importance to a structured and well-organized day.
In the kindergarten there are 72 places in all-day care until 16.00 hours . We offer the children a balanced and healthy lunch. After lunch, we attach great importance to dental care and a rest period for the children. During this time the children have the opportunity to listen to stories or look at books. Not only the youngest children use this time for a nap.
After snack time, the group leaders work with small groups on language development. Circle games, role-playing games as well as card and dice games are very popular with the children in the afternoon. In addition to the regular program, every Tuesday our assistants offer the working group “Ethiopian Culture and Language”, which is very popular with the children.
Group leader: Elshaday Mechelke
Assistants: Birtukan Getaneh & Mekdes Belay
Group leader: Aurelio Macone
Assitant: Rediet Nigussie
Head of kindergarten: Bousso Diop (until January 2020)
Group leader: Ulrike Allgaier
Group leader: Kevin Roß
Trainee: Adia Townsley
Assistant: Meseret Cheru
Head of Preschool: Bousso Diop (until January 2020)
Group leader: Bisrat Melaku Wolde
Trainee: Befekadu de Buhr
Admission: With the completion of the 1st year of age your child can be admitted to the nursery group. Your child will then remain in this group for 2 kindergarten years. A change of the child to the kindergarten is always only possible at the beginning of the new kindergarten year and at the age of 3 years in August of the respective calendar year.
Admission conditions are the same as for kindergarten.
Opening hours: 7.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
1 state-approved educator
1 specialist for infant pedagogics
1 educator in the year of recognition
1 changing aid
Personnel key: 1:6 to 1:8
Accommodation: Berlin Model
Group size: max. 12
Group leader: Jamila Hinz
Teacher: Julia Sobbota
Assistants: Yeshareg Gebre & Heyment Seyfe
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