Our setting is a place where children and teachers meet and form a community. The children can play and learn collectively as a group and as individuals. Every child brings his/her own experiences, knowledge and family´s cultural background to the group. Children learn from shared experiences that no curriculum can replace.
The unique child
Our approach is development-oriented, which takes into account that children develop at their own pace and have their own individual needs. Our practitioners see each child as a unique individual, with different experiences, background and interests. Children within a group or between groups therefore do not all do the exact same activity; practitioners draw up individual learning plans based on observations of individual needs and interests, ask challenging questions and create an inviting learning environment. We set clear rules and boundaries within which the children feel safe to choose activities freely and explore their interests. Shared sustained thinking creates an organic ever-changing learning environment.
Development through play
Free play is an important part of our everyday life and crucial to the children's holistic development. During this time, the children can develop freely and independently, choose their playmates and games autonomously, or withdraw if they wish. Children explore and test their capabilities while dealing with others, while engaging in self-selected activities; another important aspect of their development is that they are encouraged to develop new strategies of their own and learn to adjust if they do not succeed straight away in an endeavour.
Activities in the garden form an equally important and integral part of our day. We play outdoors in all weathers and children keep waterproof clothing at the setting. In addition to physical development, movement promotes spiritual, emotional and social development. Children learn about their bodies and train their perception, coordination and motor skills. Exercise and movement give children self-assurance and self-confidence.
Language, culture and diversity
The children in our setting come from many different cultural backgrounds, speak many different languages and live in many different types of families. We celebrate diversity and strongly believe that we can learn from one another. As we prepare children for the German school system, we provide additional German language support where necessary. However, we recognise that the languages spoken in the home are an important part of each child´s identity. As such, we celebrate children´s language ability and their cultural background in its entirety. To help children with their German language acquisition, we advise that the German-speaking parents consistently speak German at home.
We aim to:
- Support the acquisition of the German language through native speakers
- Support the acquisition of the English language through native speakers
- Support children in all areas of development
- Encourage positive and pro-social behaviour
- Encourage independence
- Create an environmental awareness (annual project “We´re Green”)
- Help keep children safe (through Safeguarding and teaching the NSPCC programme `Pants´)
- Celebrate diversity and languages (annual project “Around the World”)