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Advice for families during the coronavirus crisis
all relevant information on the opening of daycare centres during the coronavirus pandemic of the State of Berlin can be found here.
Our daycare centers currently offer emergency care, which is open to parents if they have an extraordinary urgent need for care for their children. This can also exist only on individual days or by the hour.
In addition to the extraordinary urgent need for care, one of the following criteria must be met:
- A parent is engaged in an occupation that is on the list of so-called systemically important occupations. This list, which is continually supplemented and fleshed out by the Senate Department of the Interior and Sports, includes occupations that the Interior Department believes are essential to maintaining the city's critical infrastructure.
- One parent is a single parent. The time requirement is measured by the extent of the extraordinary need for care.
- The family is in a socially difficult situation or there is a special educational need (decisions on a case-by-case basis).
In order to ensure the reduction in contact during the further course of the lockdown, the utilization of daycare services will be evaluated on an ongoing basis. We are participating in the evaluation.
Please to parents: The stricter mask requirement also applies to daycare centers; only the wearing of medical or FFP2 masks is permitted.
You can find all information on regular operation under the continued conditions of the coronavirus pandemic in the daycare centres of the studierendenWERK BERLIN here. You can find the open letter from our umbrella association here.
Close to the University
Spacious, close-to-nature outdoor areas, well-equipped rooms, each with a very unique educational profile: studierendenWERK BERLIN’s seven day care centers are attractive living and learning environments for children from those aged 0 to those about to start school.
Your child is already born? Are you a student or an employee at one of our partner universities? Then you can reserve your child for a place in one of our day care centers.Please use the online form. Registration and the agreement of the contract are done in the facility in question. In the day care centers reservation lists for the children are used for the allocation of places.
All of our daycare places are currently occupied. Therefore, allocation is only possible when a place becomes vacant.
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. 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.
A place in our day care centers is free of charge for all children. Parents only pay for the full board of €53.00 per month per child.
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.
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”.
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 day care centers are facilities located nearby to Berlin universities, with which we 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.
In addition, we cooperate with the family offices of the universities.
All children have a right to a non-violent upbringing and education, healthy growth and the best possible development.
You can read about how the day care centers of studierendenWERK BERLIN ensure this in our child protection concept.