In our Kindergarten, 75 children are cared for in 3 groups of 25 children each. We work in a partially enclosed concept. This means that we work with fixed groups but that some parts of the day, for example meals, can include the different groups.
Each group is staffed with three qualified early years educators supported by student assistants and trainees.
Each group has its own group room with a side room and a directly adjoining washroom. There is a well-equipped room for physical education that each group can use once a week for activities and games. We also have a kid’s restaurant where the children eat breakfast and lunch. Kindergarten kids naturally also receive an afternoon snack. Our library and workshop are used by all children for activities in small groups.
Our spacious outdoor area provides lots of possibilities for activities with the children. For example, we can plant different fruits and vegetables with the children, we can cultivate a bug garden with a self-made insect hotel, and quite often we have “Rent a Huhn” chickens as guests.
After lunch, each group has a half hour of quiet time in which the children can look at books and have them read, they can listen to audio books, and children in need of sleep can take a nap.
We strive to foster the children’s independence and sense of self-efficacy. Acquiring social skills and developing healthy social behaviour is also important. There is a daily routine with fixed elements, for example the morning circle, but the children also have the possibility to freely spend their time and choose their own activities. The children are also involved in structuring the daily routine of the individual groups (participation).
In the Kindergarten, all central concepts that are important in the U3 – bilingualism, exercise and music – are continued.
Two languages are spoken daily in the Kindergarten as well, German and English. Based on the immersion method (one person – one language), there are German- and English-speaking early years educators in every group.
In addition to weekly use of the exercise room to develop gross and fine motor skills, the children have plenty of opportunities for physical activity in the outdoor area, and they have instructed activity games indoors and outdoors.
Once a week, a qualified music educator from the Neu-Isenburg school of music visits us and provides early musical education.
A major focus of our qualified early years educators is to observe the children. We observe the children’s interests and needs. These serve as the basis for group activities, educational offers, projects and excursions. Language development is also observed and regularly evaluated.
The last year of kindergarten is a very important year for achieving the transition to primary school. Our preschool children meet each week in their own group to expand their skills and to carry out special projects.