In contrast to conventional institutions, children generally spend less time in the 'Zwergenstübchen'.
Since we offer flexible child-care, in the morning different children can be looked after than in the afternoon. We call it place sharing. This requires that our pedagogical staff has a high level of commitment and flexibility. It is also particularly important that our child-carers are able to establish a trustful relationship with every child. This is only possible if the parents concerned are prepared to “let go” of their child. Only then does the child have a chance to accept the employee as a key carer.
The individual needs of each child is our focus. At “Zwergenstübchen” even the youngest children are given the opportunity to interact with their peers and establish social contacts.
The primary goal of our pedagogical work is that the children feel safe and at home in our institution and enjoy coming to us. We support and assist the children with their entire personality so that they are able to achieve a holistic development (language, motor skills, creativity, imagination, musical and social-emotional sphere).
It is our goal
- to give the children the opportunity for their personality to evolve, by accepting their individuality
- that the children learn to recognise and express their needs because they experience security as a result of the trusting atmosphere within the group
- to encourage the children’s independence and inspire them to take independent action
- to give the children the opportunity to become part of a community in which they can learn from one another, respect one another, to reach compromises with the children and the adults of the group and to assert themselves
- to give the children time to deal with their conflicts independently whenever possible
- that the children learn to treat each other with tolerance and respect
The children’s gross motor skills are stimulated by means of targeted grasping, crawling and walking exercises, with consideration for each child’s individual stage of development. We stimulate the fine motor skills by means of finger games, games with shapes, finger painting sessions and many more activities.
Working with the parents
In our institution working with the parents is a very important part of our work. The contact to them and the knowledge we gain about the children’s domestic situation provides us with important information and helps us to get to know and understand their child. The fact that they bring their children and pick them up every day gives us many opportunities to get to know them and talk to them. We want the parents to feel as much at home with us as their children do.
If the child has unusual problems – whether they are of physiological or psychological nature – we try to advise the parents in an intensive dialogue in order to find adequate solutions together with them. An open and trusting cooperation with the parents lays the foundation for an optimal care of the child.
We invite parents to express their wishes and ideas. We do reserve the right, however, to make decisions about encouraging individual children and giving them tasks and activities in the course of the day.