GERMAN-ENGLISH INFANT DAYCARE & GERMAN-ENGLISH KINDERGARTEN

Bilingual Kindergarten in Berlin-Wilmersdorf offers all-day German-English care

Bilingual Kindergarten in Berlin-Wilmersdorf offers all-day German-English care - AUFGEPASST e.V.In our German-English kindergarten located at Blissestrasse 45 in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, we take care of 64 children aged 3 to 6 years in mixed-age groups using the so-called “semi-open” system.

In each group, 16 children are cared for by two kindergarten teachers. During the accommodation period, each child and its family enjoys the assistance of a reference teacher who is the primary contact person for the child and its family during this period.

Younger children are granted the opportunity to join our bilingual childcare centre located nearby at Aachener Str. 45. From the age of 3 years, these children are automatically given a place for care at Kita Blissestrasse.

At Kita Blissestrasse, children enjoy all-day bilingual care, i.e. English and German speaking kindergarten teachers take care of the children throughout the whole day simultaneously. In addition to the officially recognised kindergarten teachers, a number of English speaking teachers are employed. Additionally, the Kita management, interns, a caretaker and a kitchen assistant support and organise a varied daily Kita programme for your child.

  • Care hours: Monday-Friday  07.45 a.m. to 05.30 p.m.
  • Group size: 4 kindergarten groups of 16 children per group
  • Facilities:  The kindergarten includes four large playrooms decorated jointly by the children and the kindergarten teachers, a large sports room, a garden and a spacious WC and wet section.

Within the framework of the “Let Schools Go Green” project of the Berlin Senate, the Kita management, the kindergarten teachers, parents, the children themselves and the sponsor now cooperate in redesigning the garden to become a natural garden.

The concept of kindergarten AUFGEPASST e. V.:

  • Every child has its competence
  • Every child actively develops its own educational processes
  • Every child is an expert of its own and knows what it needs
  • Every child shows natural curiosity
  • Every child feels the need to understand the world which is an approach to learning.
  • Learning takes place during playing and in everyday life.

Education means to get an impression of the world. This always includes getting an impression of oneself and the other people in this world.

The kindergarten teachers regard themselves as companions of the children being in a simultaneous state of teaching and learning. Our teachers regard and accept all children as independent and unique personalities with all their strong and weak points, their needs, feelings and experience.

Educational focus

Semi-open care

Since 2012, we have been applying the semi-open concept. This means that in-group and inter-group periods alternate during the daily programme in fixed structures wherein the meals and the morning circle represent the fixed in-group periods.

The kindergarten teachers allow the children to look for solutions on their own, to follow their individual processes of learning and developing and to have their own interests.

According to the semi-open concept, the educational work means to realise and respect the individuality of the children and to encourage them to learn by their own capacity of realization with all their senses. Thus, the children are offered the opportunity to influence everyday life in the kindergarten. Apart from their self-determination, their participation in the decision-making process regarding i. a. kindergarten projects, rules and structures as well as the decoration of the rooms.

The children’s participation, their involvement in important decision processes (e. g. developing and expressing their own views) are important basic values in our kindergarten which are included particularly in the Berlin educational programme and characterise our everyday kindergarten life, e. g. by means of children’s conferences.

Bilinguality

Our institution offers bilingual German-English education. Learning languages is a decisive peculiarity in this age-group. Language is the basic precondition for thinking while thinking is a basic precondition for speaking.

In our kindergarten, we use and promote this fact by our special language model in which the German and English speaking kindergarten teachers communicate with the children in their respective language exclusively. This so-called „immersion method“ means: one person, one language.

The younger the child, the easier it is to learn a foreign language. Everyday life in our institution is bilingual. The English speaking kindergarten teachers organise and lead the morning circle, read English books and discuss the topics of the project activities with the children in English.

In our kindergarten, the morning circle is part if the fixed daily programme. It offers good opportunities to discuss various subjects in the group, to sing together, to read stories to the children and to determine the activities for the respective day.

Daily programme

  • 07.45 a.m. – Opening of the kindergarten
  • 08.30 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 09.00 a.m. – Morning circle
  • 09.30 a.m. – Playtime and educational offers
  • 11.15 a.m. – Room tidying
  • 11.30 a.m. – Lunch
  • 12.30 p.m. – Sleep/rest
  • 02.00 p.m. – Afternoon snack
  • 03.00 to 05.30 p.m. – Afternoon care/time for bringing the children back home

Preparation for School

Often the term “preparatory school” is referred to or thought of, both by parents and educators, only as the year right before school starts for the five and six year olds.

In comparison to the above, our preparatory education takes into account the entire stay of your child at our bilingual kindergarten. Our educators see education as a unification of the head, heart and hands. This means the activation and purposeful promotion of all sensory perceptions in the following areas:

  • Physical readiness for school (strong body, skillful hands)
  • Emotional readiness for school (self-confident and sure)
  • Social readiness for school (stable and secure in dealing with others)
  • Ready to Learn (able and teachable)
  • Mental readiness for school (curious and ready for input)

In our kindergarten we do not impart any examinable knowledge, nor are there separate subjects or grades. We consider ourselves a preparatory educational institution.

Early Musical Education

Music makes everything better. Children come into this world with an inherent musical ability. The child should develop skills to realize the unity of play, dance, imitation and movement oriented songs. Beyond that, the primary experiences such as self-development as well as self-manifestation of the child through mimic, gesture and movement must be made possible, by accompaniment (clapping, stamping etc.) and by the handling of elementary sound instruments. Early musical education is a regular part of our kindergarten program. In addition to this, the children also sing german and english songs.