CONCEPT

 

A Paradise for Children

 

Publisher:
Hugenottenhofkita Berlin
Hauptstr. 13 a
13127 Berlin
Tel: 030 – 200 46 533

 

Text Content:

Staff of the Hugenottenhofkita Berlin

 

Funding Organization:

ASB Kinder- und Jugendhilfe gGmbH
Rudolfstr. 9
10245 Berlin

 

Operating License:

120 children, ages 1-6

 

Opening Hours:

6:00am – 6:00pm

 

Closing Times:

The Kita is closed on 25 days in the year

 

Table of Contents: 

  1. Location of the Kita
  2. Rooms and Outside Areas
  3. Structure of the Children’s Groups
  4. Opening Hours 
  5. Teamwork and Planning
  6. Our Educational Approach
  7. Concept of Development and Education
  8. Educational Mandate in the Kita
  9. Developmental and Educational Goals
  10. The Rights of the Children
  11. Educational Partnership – Parents
  12. Daily Schedule
  13. Our Team
  14. House Rules
  15. Closing Statement

 

 

1. Location of the Kita:
Our Kita is located on the outside edge of a residential area in the “green heart” of Französisch Buchholz. The Kita is located in the Hugenottenhof. From early on, people of different nationalities have lived in Französisch Buchholz, such as farmer and gardener families from France. They were called the Huguenots. Around 1750, the name Französisch Buchholz started being used to describe this area. The former village became a popular day-trip destination for Berlin families. Today you will still many green areas and garden centers here in Französisch Buchholz.
In direct proximity to the Kita are:

  • Playgrounds
  • Shopping Centers
  • Banks
  • Pharmacies
  • Meeting Places
  • Social Institutions and more.

Our Kita is easy to reach with the tram line 50 (the stop “Französich-Buchholz Kirche is nearby) and Bus 154 (Stop “Blankenfelder Straße”).


2. Rooms and Outside Areas:
Our rooms are located directly behind the Sparkasse bank. Our sun-lit premises consist of two stories. Each group room has an adjacent bathroom, equipped with:

  • Sinks
  • Open and closed toilet stalls
  • Diaper-changing stations
  • Showers

 

Also included on the upper level are:

  • A small storage space
  • Visitor restroom
  • Rubber boots room
  • A distribution kitchen

 

The lower level consists of 6 function rooms:

  • Base room
  • Building room
  • Exercise room
  • Arts and crafts room
  • Snooze room
  • Workshop


Also included on the lower level are:

  • Sauna with shower rooms
  • Very large bathroom
  • Restroom for personnel
  • Storage room for education and cleaning materials
  • Tool storage room
  • Distribution kitchen
  • Utility room

 

Next to the Kita is a fenced-in garden in which the children are free to satisfy their need for movement. The children have full access to an inviting wood-adventure playground. The “motor-activity garden” provides various opportunities to hang, balance, climb, jump, swing or seesaw. The children can also explore their creativity with various materials—in the bakery, for example.
 

3. Structure of the Children’s Groups
We currently look after 120 children, ages 1-6. Among them are also children with integration status. The children can attend either for a half-day or a whole day.
The children are looked after in 5 groups:

  • Group Red
  • Group Yellow
  • Group Green
  • Group Purple
  • Group Blue (subdivided into Light Blue, Dark Blue and Kindergarten)

The groups are cared for and taught by preschool teachers, teachers in training, FSJ volunteers, and native speakers. We additionally employ interns on a regular basis.

 

4. Opening Hours:
The Kita is open Monday through Friday from 6:00am to 6:00pm. We are closed on 25 days throughout the year. Parents are informed of the closing times for the coming year by November of the previous year.

 

5. Teamwork and Planning
For us, teamwork means not only cooperating with one another, but also learning from one another and growing together.
The educational planning is divided into yearly, monthly, and weekly planning. Staff meetings take place every 4 weeks; furthermore, smaller teams meet once a week on both levels. These meetings enable the relevant planning steps to be taken.

Performance reviews are conducted annually with each employee, resulting in goal agreements, the implementation of which the employees are held accountable for.
Through the internal evaluation of our work, we are continuing to ensure a quality of work which fully meets the requirements of BBP, the guidelines of our funding organization and to refine our concept. In 2018 we will be evaluated externally.
Every employee regularly takes part in training courses relevant for our concept.
We conduct two team training courses for professional qualification annually with the entire team.


6. Our Educational Approach:

In accordance with the Berlin Education Program (Berliner Bildungsprogramm), we emphasize the following 6 educational areas in our work:

  • Health
  • Social and Cultural Life
  • Communication: Language, Writing Culture, and Media
  • Art: Creative Design, Music, Play-Acting
  • Mathematics
  • Nature—Environment—Technology

Health

  • Daily walks in the neighborhood
  • Sauna
  • Opportunities for movement, inside and outside
  • Soccer
  • Certified swim course for kindergarteners
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Regular visits from the dentist and Kroko and from the dental services of the Pankow health Department
  • Healthy nutrition, lots of fruit and vegetables (free access, at all times to water, unsweetened tea, fruits and vegetables)
  • Respect for individual quiet times, room for privacy, quiet room

 

Social and cultural life

  • Birth, separation, death
  • Family Background
  • Diversity of society explained
  • Respect for special dietary Habits
  • Every child can express his/herself
  • We listen to every child
  • We encourage diversity
  • We encourage them in their identity
  • KIKO (Children’s conference)
  • Facilitate experiences with differences
  • Inspire critical thinking
  • Bring generations together (Sponsorships)

 

Communication: Language, Writing Culture and Media

  • Bilingualism throughout the day (posters, songs, poems)
  • Development of media skills
  • Develop linguistic diversity
  • Understand the world of signs
  • Learn writing culture
  • Linguistic advancement
  • Mouth motor activity
  • Library visits (fiction and non-fiction books)
  • Reading sponsorships


Art: Creative Design, Music, Play-acting

  • Early musical education
  • Theater play
  • Creative design
  • Creative activities
  • Encourage joy of creativity
  • Experiences with different materials
  • Independent experimentation

 

Mathematics

  • Sort and classify
  • Pattern and symmetry
  • Numbers and sets of numbers
  • Geometry
  • Weighing, measuring and comparing
  • Graphic representation

 

Nature – Environment – Technology

  • Experiment corner
  • Experiences with water, earth, air
  • Fire drills
  • Basic technical experiences
  • Provide stimulating materials
  • Replace and change
  • Supply enough materials
  • Work with natural materials
  • Provide time and space for observation
  • Cycle of the year


We have decided on slightly mixed-age groups because children of different ages learn from one another. The “nest group” is a closed group. We are in the process of becoming a Kita which works openly among the groups (meaning that children are not confined to their respective rooms and teachers, but are free to move about as they please.) The upper level works openly two days a week and we are aiming to expand this.
The lower level (ages 3-Kindergarten) works completely openly among the groups.

 

7. Concept of Development and Education:
What do we see as the importance of education in the Kita?
The Kita should be a place:

  • Where children feel happy and comfortable
  • Where they learn to interact with other People
  • Where social norms are taught
  • Where home-upbringing is incorporated
  • Where the children are taught to be Independent
  • Where the children are prepared for school and life

 

8. Educational Mandate in the Kita:

Our organization works according to the Berlin Education Program and with the principles of bilingual and health-oriented education.
Our team has a very high view of each child.
We work according to the motto:
I’ll show you how you can learn it!

 

9. Developmental and Educational Goals

Upper Level
On the upper level, we look after children ages 1-4 within 4 group rooms, which each have an additional, adjacent room. The exercise and snooze rooms, as well as the sauna and arts-and-crafts room are also daily available to the children on the upper level. Up until their “graduation” and entry in the open area (lower level,) they will be taught the following developmental and educational goals:

 

Self-Awareness and Autonomy 

The children:

  • Learn to express their needs and feelings
  • Learn to confidently and independently determine their daily routine
  • Learn language as a means for understanding
  • Acquire abilities and skills and apply what they learn
  • Know where to get help
  • Learn to overcome transitions and take on new challenges

 

Social Skills
The children:

  • Voice criticism and learn to accept it as well
  • Learn how to make friends and navigate large groups and inter-group interactions
  • Discuss rules together and learn how to deal with them


Practical Skills
The children:

  • Learn how to navigate traffic
  • Get to know the area surrounding the Kita
  • Learn to experiment with provided materials and to try things out for themselves
  • They learn how to interact with media items (books, photos, audiobooks, etc.)

 

Learning Abilities
The children:
• Get to know the English language through our native speakers and later how to use it
• Take joy in trying new things and experiencing themselves
• Learn how to use patience and perseverance for activities and in daily life situations
• The children learn from one-another and with one-another
• They experience reward and trust as motivation for action

 

Lower Level


On the lower level, we look after children from age 3 to school-entry. They are cared for and supported in the context of an “open work” model (where the children are not restricted to a particular room, group, or teacher but are free to move between the rooms as they please). 1 base room and 5 function rooms are available to all children across the groups. Up until their school entry, the children will be taught the following developmental and educational goals:

 

Self-Awareness and Autonomy
The children:

  • Will be supported by us according to their expectations, interests, and needs
  • Learn verbal and non-verbal communication as a means for conflict resolution
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses and stand up for their rights
  • Show their curiosity in various areas and are supported in this
  • Can collect different experiences, knowledge and information
  • Learn to accept failure and deal with it
  • Learn in the context of community
  • Learn to accept help and to offer it
  • Discover different strategies and approaches to solve their problems
  • Learn self-awareness and self-confidence
  • Learn to meet their goals
  • Learn to work together to accomplish something


Social Skills
The children:


• Learn mutual consideration and fairness
• Learn to negotiate compromises when conflict arises
• Learn to deal with conflict
• Gain experience with one-another regarding different cultures and learn to respect these
• Know their way around the Kita and know how to get around in the surrounding area

 

Practical Skills
The children:

  • Are given the opportunity to try out various materials, work techniques, and tools
  • Are given time to be imaginative
  • Perceive linguistic statements (English/German), can repeat content and develop it further
  • Learn to appreciate their surroundings respectfully and to experience nature, art, and music with pleasure
  • Learn to use all of their senses and to differentiate between them
Learning Abilities
The children:
  • Are given time for experimentation, to try new things, and to find solutions to Problems
  • Cooperate in working on something to achieve a goal together
  • Learn how to dedicate themselves to a task and not to give up when things get hard


10. The Rights of the Children

What children need from us:

  • Stimulation
  • Safety/structure
  • Feeling of security/understanding
  • Tolerance
  • Appreciation/warmth/empathy
  • Have boundaries set
  • Have norms and values conveyed to them

 

The relationship between the teachers and the children is shaped by the rights, needs, and interests of the children.


Children have a right to:

  • Equality
  • Health
  • Parental care
  • Life
  • Love
  • Care
  • Sleep or rest, when he/she is tired
  • Protection
  • Education
  • Freedom of opinion/participation
  • Play and free-time

 

11. Educational Partnership— Parents
Parents’ first contact with our Kita comes with the registration. Our priority is to provide parents with as much information as possible and as is allowed by daily life in the Kita.
The next step is the admission interview, which is conducted by the Kita management. The various aspects of our concept and approach are discussed with the parents. The information obligation that exists on both sides is simultaneously addressed. In line with our concept, the cooperation and right to co-determination of the parents is respected
Now the children will be acclimated according to the Berlin Acclimation Model (Berliner Eingewöhnungsmodell). This refers to an acclimation process in which the parents accompany their child. The different phases of acclimation are as follows:


Beginning Phase
In the beginning phase, parents accompany their children into the Kita and spend a couple hours in the group room with the teacher. In this three-day phase, the teacher observes the child and carefully begins to interact with him/her.


Stabilization/Separation Phase
On the fourth day, a period of separation is attempted.
The parents say goodbye to their children and leave the room for approximately a half-an-hour. The parents stay close by, so that they can be called back into the group room if the need presents itself.
If the child acts independent and not overly confused, a roughly six-day acclimation period will follow. In this time, the time of separation will be gradually increased. If the child tries to follow his/her parents after separation, cries and does not allow him/herself to be comforted by the teacher, the acclimation period may be extended to 2-3 weeks.


Final Phase
The stabilization phase is complete, when the child has formed a first emotional connection to the teacher. The child may still protest when the parents leave, but he/she lets him/herself quickly be comforted. During the final phase, the parents no longer stay in the Kita. They can, however, always be reached, in order to be there for their child in certain situations.


Through parent-teacher meetings, an intense exchange is enabled between both parties, which has a positive effect on the care of the child. Parent-teacher conferences take place at least twice a year and always include educational topics.


Individual parent-teacher meetings will be held at each birthday of the child, as well as after the acclimation phase in the form of a reflection meeting.


Our activities in the Kita are documented in the entryway and the coatrooms through weekly plans, photos, notices and the children’s work. Other means of documentation are folders and portfolios for the children and through a developmental progress diary (Sprachlerntagebuch.) Every child in our Kita receives this diary. It is his/her property. Parents have the opportunity to take a looks inside at any time. Should the child leave our Kita, he/she will take the diary with him/her.


Large events (summer festival, Zuckertütenfest, Christmas market) will be organized by the parents, teachers, and the booster club together.

 

12. Daily Schedule:
6:00am: 

Opening of the Kita


6:00-7:30am: 

Greeting of the children and free play


7:30am:  

Every group moves to their respective group room


8:15-8:45am: 

Breakfast in the respective group rooms


8:30-9:00am: 

Free Play 

Children who ate breakfast at home are brought


9:00-9:30am: 

Morning circle – Please do not disturb!-


9:00 – 11:00am: 

Educational program

Free Play

Time outside


11:15am-12:30pm: 

Lunchtime- exact time flexible across the Groups,   Wash-up,    Children who do not sleep in the Kita are picked up


12:30 – 2:00pm: 

Naptime or quiet-time, depending on child’s needs (sleeping, reading-sponsors, board games – Please do not disturb!!!-


2:00 – 3:00pm: 

Wake-up
Free-play
Afternoon snack preparation


2:45 – 3:30pm:

Afternoon snack


3:00 – 6:00pm: 

Free-play
Educational program
Time outside
 Pick-up time


13. Our Team—as of March 2017
Director:    Doreen Stolt
Deputy Director/ Teacher: Lydia Bergen
Teacher:    Doreen Raböse
Teacher:     Vivien Genzow
Teacher:    Corinna Rademacher (Kinderschutzbeauftragte)
Teacher:    Laura Purkert
Teacher:    Stephanie Schneider
Teacher:    Anne-Marie Rodrian (Elternzeit)
Teacher:    Anika Irmscher
Teacher:     Karolina Majchrzak
Teacher:    Mareike Busch
Teacher:    Melanie Köhler (Elternzeit)
Teacher:     Sabine Schlötke
Teacher:     Nadine Pusch
Inclusion Educator:  Nadine Werner
Native Speaker:   Tanja da Silva
Native Speaker:   Daniel Preza Ventura
Native Speaker:   Jeff Newell
Teacher in training:            Beatrix Jacob
Teacher in training:  Nadine Meyer (Elternzeit)
Teacher in training:  Isabelle Fandrich-Stolt
Teacher in training:   Julie Hantzsch
FSJ-volunteer:   Jessica Süßmann
FSJ-volunteer:   Mike Neusser
Housekeeper:   Graziella Krohn

 

Teacher Responsibilities:  

  • Knows the needs and interests of the children
  • Observes, plans, and documents
  • Reacts individually to a child’s respective development stage
  • Works transparently
  • Possesses expertise and continues to learn
  • Reflects on his/her work
  • Holds annual meetings regarding child development
  • Plans and holds 2 parent-teacher conferences with educational themes

 

14. House Rules for the ASB Hugenottenhofkita Berlin

The ASB Hugenottenhofkita has two entrances.

 

At certain times the entrance door is locked in order to ensure peace and quiet for the children.


In this case, visitors can use the doorbell to announce their presence.
Between 12:00 and 2:00pm is “midday peace” in the Kita. Everyone shall behave accordingly quiet.

 

When the children are brought or picked-up, the child and parents personally greet or say goodbye to the teacher together. Only then is the child officially brought or picked-up.
Parents shall please provide a written note of authorization for any person who may pick up their child.


This can only be authorized over the phone in extreme emergencies.
Older preschool children may move freely across Kita grounds, at the discretion of the teachers.

 

In order to avoid injury, children should not wear jewelry.

In case of sickness or absence, parents shall notify the Kita by 8:00 am.
After having an infectious sickness, a doctor’s certificate is required before the child can return to the Kita.

 

Medicine shall only be administered by teachers under exceptional circumstances and according to the written stipulation of a doctor.

 

Only Kita personnel may enter the kitchen. Additionally, the children may only enter when accompanied by an adult, in order to ensure smooth and optimal care for the children.

Bicycles shall be parked in the provided parking spots.


Children’s car-seats may be stored in the children’s coatrooms.

We would like to ask all families to pay attention to cleanliness and order on the entire Kita premises, in order to keep our new and beautiful facility the way it is.

 

We would also like to ask that you adhere to the care times listed on your child’s Kita voucher. If you are running late, please contact the Kita staff.

The employees of the ASB Hugenottenhofkita have householder’s rights on the Kita premises.

 

Should parents commit a violation, show aggressive behavior towards or slander the team, individual employees, or the ASB, they will be banned from entering the premises.

 

Closing Statement Regarding this Concept

This concept is to be understood as a collection of loose sheets, in which the individual pages and items may be supplemented, revised, and updated at any time.

 

Berlin, the 3rd of March, 2017

 

 

 


© ASB Kinder- und Jugendhilfe Berlin gGmbH, 2014