Educational Approach

Our setting is one where children and teachers meet and form a community, where they can play and learn collectively as a group and as individuals. Every child brings its own experiences, knowledge and family’s cultural background to the group. Children learn from shared experiences that no curriculum could replace.

Individual Work

Our approach is development-oriented, which takes into account that children have different needs. Children in the group therefore do not all do exactly the same tasks. The teachers see each child as a unique individual, whose experiences and behaviour sets that child apart from other children in the group. Accordingly, teachers draw up individual plans, taking into account the children’s interests. Each child develops uniquely and we want to support, encourage and challenge this development. We set clear rules and boundaries within which the children feel safe to move freely and flourish.

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 so wish. Children explore and test themselves when dealing with others and the activities they have selected themselves, and they also learn from things that do not succeed.

Boosting self-confidence

Activities in the garden form an equally important part of our day. In addition to physical development, exercise promotes spiritual, emotional and social development. Children learn about their own bodies and train their perception, coordination and motor skills. Exercise and movement give children self-assurance and self-confidence.

Educational aims

We aim to:

  • support the acquisition of German. Children who have a poor grasp of the German language benefit from hearing native speakers and stories, and also playing finger and language games
  • support the acquisition of English through native speakers, stories, songs, rhymes and play
  • support children’s development holistically
  • support children’s social development, by teaching them to be considerate, helpful and assertive
  • provide holistic and individual support within the group
  • encourage their independence (putting on shoes, coats, going to the lavatory), thereby boosting their self-confidence
  • support the children’s physical development; both fine motor skills (handling scissors, pens, glue, etc.) and gross motor skills
  • encourage children to understand and implement rules
  • support children’s creative development, taking into account their personal abilities

Kindergarten/Pre-School

At Pre-School

  • German group leader
  • Circle time in German 
  • Group work in German
  • German books/stories
  • German songs/rhymes, finger games
  • Extra German lessons twice a week, either one-to-one or in small groups 

At Kindergarten 

  • German group leader 
  • Circle time in German 
  • Small group work in German
  • German books/ stories
  • German songs/rhymes, finger games

Outside School

  • Speaking German at home
  • Children's videos/DVDs in German
  • Children's songs in German
  • Parents reading aloud 
  • Holidays in Germany