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Spacious, close-to-nature outdoor areas, well-equipped rooms, each with a very unique educational profile: studierendenWERK BERLIN’s seven kindergartens are attractive living and learning environments for children from those aged 0 to those about to start school.
In close cooperation with the parents, we place great importance on a careful and individualised settling-in period, to give children a good start to their life at the kita. Here we follow the “Berlin model” from Kuno Beller. You can download an typical model of the process here:
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Appreciative and constructive interaction between the child’s parents/guardians is indispensable for its development. This is why it is important for us to maintain an open and trusting relationship with the parents and to be seen by you as partners in raising the child.
In the kindergartens of studierendenWERK BERLIN, we regularly share information about the development of the children and seek to establish a conversation with the parents. This is to reflect together on the implementation of the educational goals and to actively supervise the development of the child.
In all facilities, the parents are invited to participate in day-to-day life at the kita: parties are organised together, with parents’ evenings and parent-teacher conferences taking place at regular intervals. Once a year, the parents elect representatives who join with the kita committee to advise on various organisational issues with the educational staff.
studierendenWERK BERLIN’s kindergartens are facilities located nearby to Berlin universities, with which they work in cooperation. We make use of contacts with university staff from various disciplines in order to incorporate the latest academic and scientific findings into our educational work. Discussions on current pedagogical issues mean that we continually question and develop our educational activities.
Our educational specialists regularly gain further qualifications and exchange information in various specialist groups. Once a year, there is a cross-facility conference.
Some employees have acquired additional qualifications. Among them are social specialists, carers specialising in integration and Montessori educators. They enrich the work with their various professional perspectives.
All the studierendenWERK BERLIN kindergartens are training facilities. To interns, and to carers studying part time whilst also working, we provide professional, skilled guidance and supervision.
So that early childhood education can be successful, we offer the children diverse and age-appropriate experiences that challenge their individual initiative. The carers supervise the children in their learning processes by showing them ways to expand their skills. For this, educational action is guided by the following principles:
In all facilities, work is done in a group-orientated way. The basis for all educational services is, of course, the professional framework of the Berlin Educational Program.
A healthy diet is essential for the healthy development of a child. Every day, we provide the children with fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as tea and water. Lunch for our kindergartens is prepared daily in the nearby canteens of the studierendenWERK BERLIN. Preparation in the kindergartens is based on what is called the Cook+Chill System. In the Mensa cafeterias, the menus are cooled to about 4 degrees Celsius immediately after preparation, brought to the kita at the cooled temperature, then heated to the desired temperature just before they are eaten. With the ingredients, we pay attention to high quality. The amount of organic food used is around 70 percent.
Registration and the agreement of the contract are done in the facility in question. In the kitas, reservation lists for the children are used for the allocation of places.
To complete the contract, you need a Kita-Gutschein (kita voucher). This will be provided by the Jugendamt (Youth Welfare Office) in your district on presentation of your child’s birth certificate and proof of your work and income. You can also apply for the kita voucher online here. For students, it is sufficient to provide a certificates of enrolment to be able to make a claim for full-day daycare, because studying counts as a full-time occupation. However, it is not permitted for you to be on leave.
Please note that the application for a Kita voucher should be submitted at the earliest 9 months and at the latest 2 months before the start of care.
When the childcare allowance is issued, the monthly parental cost contributions are calculated by the Youth Welfare Office in your area of residence and are specified by law. The parental contribution is staggered and is based on the number of children, the scope of care and on income.
The State of Berlin is gradually reducing the cost of child care. As of 01/08/2016, parents do not have to pay a childcare allowance in the last 4 years (as of 01/08/2017, in the last 5 years) prior to the commencement of regular compulsory schooling. From 01/08/2018, the day-care centre will be free of charge for all children. Parents will then only pay a contribution for meals.
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