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.


Kita at the Humboldt-Universität

The day care center at the Humboldt-Universität "Die Lupe" has room for 88 children aged eight weeks up to school entry. It is located in a protected area in Berlin-Mitte and has an own playground .



Our day care center at a glance

We work on the basis of the Berlin Education Program ("Berliner Bildungsprogramm"). We follow a holistic educational concept and accompany the children according to their respective strengths. The open educational concept is used especially in the mixed-age area. The day care center has functional rooms in which the children can move around as they please and according to their interests. Every child is supported by a confidant caregiver.

In the area for small children (0 - 3 years) we have groups instead. The youngest children are cared for outside of their families for the first time and therefore need a protected space for experiences.

A holistic education means that we include all educational areas equally in our everyday life. The children experience music and culture, movement and art, discovery, building and exploring as well as language and maths on a daily basis.

We put a special emphasis on the socio-cultural environment. Every child is already influenced by their own family culture. The day care center provides the children with common achievements and challenges that strengthen their self esteem and their sense of togetherness. We support the children in realizing their social values, question their habits and getting to know other cultures.

The nursery area is located on the ground floor of the two-storey house and has room for 36 children. The children are cared for in three groups with 12 children each. Apart from the group rooms we have a children’s art studio and a children’s restaurant.

The mixed-age area is located on the first floor and has room for 52 children. This area is designed according to an open concept. Therefore, you can find different functional rooms there: a learning workshop, an art space, a construction room, a role-play room, and a sensory room. The upper floor also has a children’s restaurant. Apart from that, there is a big movement room for everyone.

Explore and Discover

Within our guided projects we animate the children to explore, construct, and to discover.

Sports and Exercise

In close cooperation with Humboldt University’s sports program we use the big university gym on the other side of the Spree river once a week in order to secure a diverse movement program.

Arts and Culture

The children’s artistic work often leads to bigger projects, for instance creating sceneries for theater plays. Their works are also exhibited within our facility.

Furthermore, we also use the city’s diverse cultural landscape: museums, theaters, and concerts.

Forest Day

When the weather allows it, we give the older children the opportunity to participate in a forest day once a week to experience the nature. Its value for us humans is researched together in order to develop an understanding of the environment and respect for other living beings.

Festivals & Celebrations

In the course of a day care year, we have many opportunities to celebrate. Feasts are important to us because they offer us a break in our everyday routines, are fun and leave us with beautiful memories. Our annual summer festival is one highlight of the year. 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
23.12. - 31.12.

Closing times 2020
26.02. - 28.02.
20.07. - 31.07.
28.09. - 30.09.
23.12. - 31.12.



Ziegelstr. 5-9
10117 Berlin (Mitte district)
030 93939 - 8620
opening hours: 
Mon - Tue, Thu - Fri: 7.30 AM - 6.00 PM
Wed: 7.30 AM - 4.00 PM   Administration’s office hours:
subject to agreement by telephone  
kindergarten management:

Silke Kaufmann  
deputy kindergarten management:

Florian Richter
HUB: 0.8 km


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! To give you a first impression of our day care centers, we also offer guided tours through our facilities.

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.