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.

Kitas

Kita at the Freie Universität Berlin

 

Approximately 180 children between the ages of  two months up  to six years attend our day care center. They each have different origins, diverse cultural backgrounds, and of course different abilities, skills, characters, and needs.

It is important to us to value each child’s personality and to support them in their individual needs and stages of development.

Our day care center is located in green surroundings (Domäne Dahlem, Schwarze Grund and Grunewald are close by) and has a very large and diverse garden space.

Our facility is easily accessible with public transport: The X83 bus stops at the day care center, and the bus lines 115 and X10 as well as the underground stop Dahlem Dorf are within walking distance.

Our day care center at a glance

Like all day care centers in Berlin, we work on the basis of the Berlin Education Program (Berliner Bildungsprogramm). Our pedagogical focus lies on public health education.  According to the Ottawa Charter for Health promotion, our understanding of health includes physical, mental, and social well-being: “A child who feels comfortable in their own body and who feels accepted, respected and valued in their family and within the environment of the day care center will feel curious and  explorative about the diverse challenges and stimulations of their environment .”

 

 

This salutogenetic  understanding of health is the basis of our pedagogical concept:

  • We prepare breakfast and afternoon snacks together with the children. Apart from that, we pay attention to a well-balanced, healthy diet. The children always have access to drinks and a fruit and vegetable plate.
  • The day care children have the opportunity to take their midday nap in the pram in the fresh air on the terrace.
  • We regularly go to the garden or explore the surroundings in almost any weather condition.
  • All areas of day care centers have well-equipped play and sports rooms, which provide the children with various opportunities for movement and tactile experiences.
  • Once a week, the daycare children visit the large gym at Freie Universität.

The day care area is divided into three groups, usually of 60 children aged between two months and 2.5 years. The two mixed-age, group-open areas on the middle and upper floor each have room for an average of 60 children, from the age of about two to those about to start school.

In order to meet the various needs of the children, we have created different areas where they have the opportunity to rest and relax, to move around, to be creative and do roleplaying.

These areas are divided into function rooms and/or function areas. The rooms give the children the opportunity to make decisions and to choose between different options. They can use larger game areas like the exercise room to romp around, or the building room to make big things, or get into quiet or creative activities (looking at books, painting). In this way, the children are given a variety of play and experience spaces and can pursue their needs as well as their interests.

Our well-equipped study workshop can be visited by all four to six-year-old children in our facility. The curiosity of the children is aroused by the design of the rooms and a wide range of materials. They are challenged to try out something new and perhaps unusual, to research and to find answers to their questions. Our learning workshop works according to the principle of “discovering learning”.

The large, versatile outdoor area invites the children to play, climb, swing, rock, balance, slide, splash around and be creative.

"Haus der kleinen Forscher" (House of Little Explorers)

The day care center at the Freie Universität is one of 50 pilot facilities that was already certified as House of Little Explorers in 2006. The foundation Haus der kleinen Forscher (House of Little Explorers) supports the development of young children in the fields of mathematics, science, and technology. The foundation provides pedagogues with the respective qualifications and has become the largest early education initiative in Germany.

As the Haus der kleinen Forscher, we offer children the opportunity to try out, learn and explore with  the help of various specially designed projects. This movie that the foundation shot  for a project about sustainability in our rooms is a good example for the success of our projects.

Participation and Contribution

In our day care center the children have the possibility to help shape their day care life  according to their respective ages. We take the children seriously, trust them and take their fears, feelings, and interests into consideration. We give them a wide range of possibilities to express their own ideas, find solutions, respect the opinions of others, and to make compromises. This way, they are able to make their first basic democratic experiences. Once a week, we hold  a children’s conference with the four- to six-year-old children. Within this little conference, we plan projects and actions and also develop and decide on rules for living and playing together. Our team has taken the rights of the children into consideration and is currently developing a pedagogical guideline in which they will further define and describe the concrete (co)decision rights of the children.

Forest Groups

Our forest groups set out once a week to explore the Grunewald forest, the Domäne Dahlem (an interactive agricultural museum and domain), and  the Schwarze Grund (an idyllic park area), all of which are close to our facilities. Our “Waldkinder” (“forest children”) explore their environment as a natural habitat for plants, animals and people, experience the changing of the seasons and observe the cycles in nature. With the help of these experiences, they develop an understanding of the environment and respect for other living beings.

Offers and Projects

Children discover the “world” playfully and everywhere they go. That is why we put an emphasis on a wide range of experiences that challenge the children to become active and equip them with encouraging materials. In addition to free play, there are projects and activities within the various educational areas of the Berlin Education Program (Berliner Bildungsprogramm – BPP) we apply. It is important to us to answer the children's questions in a variety of ways and also to encourage them to gain “knowledge” through their own actions and experiments.

The project  “journey into the world of things", playing and experimenting with everyday objects” was very exciting for the two to three-year-old children, because they didn’t use their usual toys in this project.

Instead, they could use brushes, filters, bike rims, and all sorts of technical equipment to tinker with, disassemble and reassemble – everything that adults use in their everyday life.  In close cooperation with the artist Anat Manor, we concluded this project with an impressive exhibition.

Bambini Run

Once a year, our older children take part in the annual run at the Tiergarten, which is organized by Berliner Wasserbetriebe (Berlin’s largest water supply company). It is a great community experience for them to run about 800 metres through the Tiergarten with other children. Of course, we prepare ourselves for this challenge together with a special  “runner’s  training”.

Day care Trip

Biesenbrow is about 120 km northeast of Berlin, a place that some of the day care children at Freie Universität have chosen as their favorite place. The annual day care trip gives them the opportunity to discover nature and the place for themselves. Here, they can run around and be close to all kinds of animals (sheep, donkeys, chickens, dogs, and cats). The day care children also help prepare this annual trip. They have the opportunity to participate in a day trip there and observe the place. They usually return with many impressions that help them to plan their longer trip.

Festivals and Celebrations

In the course of the year, we have many opportunities to celebrate. These celebrations are important to us, give us a break from everyday life, are fun and leave us with beautiful memories. For our preschool children there is an annual children's festival in the Freiraum - the event hall of the culture department of  studierendenWERK.

Closing times 2019
02.01. - 04.01.
04.03. - 05.03.
31.05.
15.07. - 26.07.
20.09.
30.09. - 04.10.
23.12. - 31.12.

 

 

Location

Location

Königin-Luise-Straße 86
14195 Berlin (Zehlendorf)
030 93939 - 8470
 
Care hours
during lecture period:
Mon - Tue, Thu - Fri: 7.30 AM - 6.30 PM
Wed: 7.30 AM - 4.00 PM
(after registration, care hours up to 6:30 PM) Care hours
during time between terms: Mon - Tue, Thu - Fri: 7.30 AM - 6.00 PM
Wed: 7.30 AM - 4.00 PM
(after registration, care hours up to 6:00 PM) Administration’s office hours:
subject to agreement by telephone kindergarten management:
Sylvia Engels deputy kindergarten management: 
Lavinia Nanni
FUB: 1.6 km

Karte

Photo gallery

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:

  • We nurture and support the children in the individual development of their personalities.
  • We encourage the children to form their own opinions, on which they can build their own decisions.
  • We teach the children creative skills which promote their sense of responsibility.
  • We raise the children’s awareness of responsible approaches to natural resources.
  • We promote the development of social and emotional skills, so that the children develop a sensitivity to their own needs and the needs of other people.
  • In an age-appropriate way, we develop the children’s understanding of democracy.
  • We make it possible for the children to have varied, holistic experiences.
  • We give the children time to play so they can process their experiences.
  • We encourage the children use exploration and experiment to discover their own solution-finding approaches and develop problem-solving thinking.
  • We value a good, trusting educational partnership with the parents.

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.

State-approved day carers are welcome at any time. Simply apply directly at personal@stw.berlin!

Organisational questions

Organisational questions

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:

  • We nurture and support the children in the individual development of their personalities.
  • We encourage the children to form their own opinions, on which they can build their own decisions.
  • We teach the children creative skills which promote their sense of responsibility.
  • We raise the children’s awareness of responsible approaches to natural resources.
  • We promote the development of social and emotional skills, so that the children develop a sensitivity to their own needs and the needs of other people.
  • In an age-appropriate way, we develop the children’s understanding of democracy.
  • We make it possible for the children to have varied, holistic experiences.
  • We give the children time to play so they can process their experiences.
  • We encourage the children use exploration and experiment to discover their own solution-finding approaches and develop problem-solving thinking.
  • We value a good, trusting educational partnership with the parents.

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.

State-approved day carers are welcome at any time. Simply apply directly at personal@stw.berlin!

Menu of the Day Care Centers
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Menu of the Day Care Centers

Lunch is prepared freshly every day in the nearby canteens of studierendenWERK BERLIN. We pay attention to high-quality ingredients and use food from sustainable cultivation.
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