Educational concept at the crèche and kindergarten

Our educational concept at the crèche and kindergarten is based on our “view of the child” as the agent of his/her own development and education. Children want to use all their senses and previous experiences to get involved in discovering the world together with others. It is also essential that they enjoy their learning journey — recent research has shown that only things learned in a joyful context are retained and translated into good educational results. During childhood, education is a social process in which children and adults participate actively. Our goal is to help children learn consciously and develop an understanding of learning processes. A sense of mutual understanding emerges only through intensive cooperation and communication, and requires the adult to show an interest in the child’s learning and point of view.

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The education we provide at our crèches and kindergartens is cosmopolitan in nature — we evoke and nurture the children’s interest in other cultures, languages and customs. Openness and a curiosity about differences and otherness are exemplified and addressed in an age-appropriate manner.

In today’s individualistic, information-based society, the demands on technical and specialist knowledge are constantly changing, making it increasingly important not only to develop skills, but also to foster a lifelong willingness to learn.

The five educational fields of the Wichtel Akademie

The Bavarian education and development programme (BayBEP) lists eleven educational areas, which are included in five fields of education at the Wichtel Akademie. These five fields are incorporated into the educational work that takes place in our crèches and kindergartens. Our educators document the daily activities and associated educational areas on the info boards outside each common room.

Aesthetics, art, music

Children discover and explore their environment from birth, enjoying their first aesthetic experiences as they perceive the world using all of their senses. Art enhances children’s sensory perception and ability to process experiences. Through various stimuli, children learn how to use their imagination playfully and express their experiences creatively. For example, children can learn to express their own thoughts and emotions with the aid of music.

Movement, rhythmics, health

Movement is one of the most basic forms of expression that helps children to gain their first impressions of the world, acquire knowledge about their own bodies and interact with their environment. Rhythmics is based on a holistic approach to the interrelation between movement, music, language and rhythm. Health refers not only to the children’s physical condition, but also to their mental, psychological and social well-being.

Mathematics, natural sciences, environment

Mathematical thinking is not only the basis for lifelong learning, but also the foundation of knowledge in almost every branch of science as well as technology and economics. Our children develop their ability to think mathematically by interacting with different materials and communicating their discoveries to adults. Even very young children show great interest in exploring everyday phenomena, nature and technology. For us, environmental education and childcare refers not only to the children’s experiences in nature, but also to the topics of environmental protection and sustainability.

Values, emotionality, social relationships

Ethical development and education helps the children to address questions about life and death, meaning and value, as well as God and the world. It provides a foundation upon which children can develop their own view of the world, find answers and develop their own critical faculties. In the first six years of life, children learn to express their emotions both non-verbally and verbally via interaction with — and support from — adults. “Emotionality”, i.e. the ability to process emotions, is strongly linked to children’s acquisition of social skills and their ability to form social relationships.

Language, literacy, media

Language skills are a fundamental prerequisite for children’s emotional and cognitive development and a cornerstone of academic and professional success as well as social integration. Literacy refers to skills and early childhood experiences related to books, rhyme, narrative and written culture, which continue to develop throughout one’s life. Media skills refers to the conscious, critical and responsible use of various media.

The power of language

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Basic skills

Basic skills are the fundamental tools that people need in order to successfully interact with one another. They are based on the assumption that all human beings have three basic needs. They want to be socially involved and loved, make their own decisions (experience autonomy) and achieve something by themselves (understand their abilities). Our task is to help the children to acquire these skills, because they will play a crucial role in enabling the children to cope with a wide range of real-life situations later on.