Observations and documentation in our crèches and kindergartens The educational approach at our crèches and kindergartens is based on regular and systematic observations of the child’s individual learning and development processes. Detailed observations enable our educators and childcare specialists — and also our parents — to gain valuable insights into each child’s learning and development process. At the same time, we rely on professional observation, documentation and analysis methods to ensure the consistent high-quality of our educational provision. Based on the results of these observations, we are able to focus on the strengths, abilities and interests of each individual child. Documentation of the first meeting Around two weeks before the start of the child’s settling-in period at the crèche or kindergarten, a first meeting is arranged for the parents and the child’s assigned key worker. The goal of this discussion is to prepare the parents for the initial settling-in phase, and also to obtain information about the child so that our educators can prepare for his or her arrival. Documentation of the settling-in process Around four to six weeks after your child begins attending the day-care centre we arrange a final settling-in meeting. In preparation for this meeting, we observe the emotional, social and play behaviour of your child during the settling-in period and record the results in our settling-in observation form. The parents also fill out a feedback form, the results of which are also included in the discussion. Development documentation in the crèche and kindergarten At least once per year, we invite the parents to attend a development meeting. In preparation for these discussions, the children are observed according to a set of criteria based on the Seldak (language development and literacy for children with German as their first language) and Sismik (linguistic behaviour and interest in language among migrant children in children’s day-care facilities) approaches. This includes the following aspects: Emotional development Social behaviour Cognitive development Hygiene and cleanliness Sensory perception Gross motor skills (physical development) Fine motor skills These observations are discussed with the parents during the one-hour development meeting. These meetings also involve discussions about the transition from kindergarten to school. A final meeting with the parents takes place shortly before the children leave the crèche or kindergarten. Daily report Our employees produce a daily report which documents important events during the day — for example, the children’s eating and sleeping habits or hygiene matters — and serves as a useful source of information both for our staff and for parents during handover. Feedback form Once per quarter during drop-off or pick-up, our educators ask the parents about their general level of satisfaction as well as any suggestions for improvement.