The working hours of our nursery are from 6 am to 6 pm during the weekdays. Our nursery is closed for three weeks during the summer holidays and between Christmas and Silvester. Parents will be informed about all the non-working days in advance, this information will also be updated on our website under ‘Termine’ section.
The daily routine of the children from our nursery is structured and planned. It supports children to get accustomed and integrate into the new surroundings. We are mindful of a composed, continuous and easy to grasp daily routine. That way, we not only ensure the requirements of education for our children but also create the necessary freedom for the development of individual talents and personality.
We are gradually further developing the routines in all groups of our nursery. It is important to us that alongside free play, there is sufficient time for our creativity-offerings for the children. E.g. children can experiment with various learning materials in our ‘Exploring-Room’, in the workshop, during a creativity course etc. In our nursery, the sky is the limit to explore, learn and grow.
Please find the below mentioned our daily routine:
6:00 – 8:00 am: Children’s care will take place in the group room with the early shift educators.
8:00 – 8:30 am: Time for breakfast in all age-groups. Here, children can eat together. Breakfast is prepared in our kitchen. Children who have already eaten can attend our playgroup.
8:30 – 9:00 am: Greetings will begin in each group. The respective educators will greet the children in German and English. By 9:00 am we expect all the children to arrive in their respective-groups, settle and get ready for the day
9:00 – 9:15 am: Each group will begin their morning circle in German and English as well as the native languages of our international and diverse group of children and educators. Together, the children get ready for the day, learn while having fun and interact with each other.
9:15 – 11:00 am: According to the respective age groups, free play, physical activity offerings (indoors + outdoors) or the pedagogical offerings will take place.
Each educator will be assigned the creativity area(s) as per their interests, strengths and experience. For special offerings like sports and music, we work together with experts that we bring in our nursery. Through that, we can provide a high quality of education and 360-degree exposure.
These age-specific offerings are an integral part of the daily routine.
Additionally, various national and international celebrations will take place every year. Our summer party is an important event for us and, we celebrate it together with the parents.
11:00 – 11:30 am: Lunchtime
11:30 am – 12:00 noon: Preparation for a siesta
12:00 – 14:00 – Midday rest
14:00 – 14:30 – Snacks time. Snacks are prepared in our kitchen
14:30 – 16:30 – Free play / outdoor play / games / Free activities. Here, the children get free playtime
16:30 – 18:00 – Here, all the children whose parents come for a late pick up will be shifted in the late group. These children will be supervised all the time by late shift educators
18:00: Closing time of the Kita
We provide high quality, sugar-free bio food to our children. Breakfast and snacks are prepared in our kitchen by professional cooks. They make sure that children are served with a wholesome and a healthy diet. We have tied up with an external catering service to provide lunch. Our caterer is committed to using at least 40% of organic ingredients. In all our premises we follow a strict sugar-free diet on which parents and pedagogues work together. A healthy mix of fruits and vegetables are provided to the children. Also, enough beverages are available for the entire day.
Collaboration with parents
We treat parents as our partners with regards to the education, growth, development and care of their child. They are involved in relevant pedagogic decisions and implementations and are not limited only to the involvement in the parent representation and the nursery-committee. The pedagogues and parents have regular conversations on the child’s progress and collectively design a familial and institutional educational work for the betterment of the child.
Settling in and transitions
The familiarisation with the nursery is a vital stage of development for each child. It is the foundation stone for adapting the new surroundings and lifestyle. We know that every child is different and that the familiarisation phase is challenging for the parents as well. Therefore, we have initiated a familiarisation process of the crèche children through the participation in the playgroup or in the garden. It will help to break the ice between children, pedagogues and parents. The procedure of ‘Settling in’ will be discussed in detail with parents on one on one basis. The settling phase is tailor-made for each child. We are flexible and adjust the settling in period for each child as per the needs and requirements. The average settling in period lasts between two and six weeks.
We have divided the age-specific groups into the below mentioned three categories:
Under 3 (U3):
The U3 or the crèche group accommodates children from 1 to 3 years of age.
The Ü3 or the Elementary group accommodates children from 3 to 5 years of age. Children between the age of three and five get shifted from crèche to elementary group within the nursery. The Elementary group is designed age-homogeneously according to the date of school enrolment. This transition is organised and mentored by the “old” and “new” educators.
Subsequently, to the last year of nursery, the children will enrol in ‘Pre-school’ group. We prepare the children of this group in advance for a smooth transition from nursery to school. We aim to make them ‘school ready’. We prepare our children intensively for the classes at our primary school. Based on a weekly schedule, we teach the children through our creativity-areas the important skills for school. They are accompanied throughout by their educators and creativity-pedagogues of our primary school. Our pre-schoolers visit the school regularly to get to know the pedagogues, students and school-life better. We prepare them in advance in handling the challenges of the first year of the school from the very first day. This transition will be mentored by the ongoing educators in close cooperation with the school staff and primary school’ children.