10 Facts
1. Our mission statement
"The Situational Approach is an invitation to get involved in life with the children "Jürgen Zimmer/ Founder of the Situational Approach

Our pedagogical work is based on the recommendations for education and upbringing for kindergartens, in Rhineland-Palatinate. Legal bases are “das achte Sozialgesetzbuch“ (in particular the §1, §8 and §22 to §26), “The Kindertagesstätten Gesetz RLP“, “The Kinderförderungsgesetz“, “The Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch“ and “The Grundgesetz“. In addition, we work according to the Situational Approach. We consider our institutions as a place of safety, experience and learning. Doing things together, such as playing, doing arts and crafts, experimenting, singing, celebrating parties, organising trips out and generally having lots of fun together - from our point of view this is the best way for children to discover and conquer the world. Successful education and upbringing require the cooperation of adults. Therefore, we maintain a partnership-like cooperation between the parents as experts for their child and our specialists.

2. The Situational Approach
Our pedagogical work is based on the principles of the Situational Approach and is displayed through our everyday life. In view of the constantly and rapidly changing world, it is a particular interest of this concept to ensure equal opportunities for all children, regardless of their social and cultural background. The aim of our education is to empower the children to act independently, competently and in the interest of the community. The focus is always on what is current in the life of the children and their families.

3. Specialists
The pedagogical specialists take on the task of accompanying education and development. This involves both a supporting and partnership function with a focus on the individual characteristics of each family. Our cooperation with the family is organized by a so-called "partnering system". Both the parents and the children are assigned a reliable partner, who that can talk with and gain support from, during the various individual processes that they must go through (e.g. acclimatisation, transition to school, etc). In addition, regular discussions are held with the partner about the child's progress to date, which are intended to provide the parents with information about the child's everyday life in the day care centre, as well as their individual development. In addition, the specialists are also in regular contact with each other and are supported by ongoing reviews and supervision.

4. Settling in period
The transition to a childcare facility can be a big step for both children and parents and naturally comes with a transition process, for those involved. For parents, this means that they must entrust their child to as yet unknown persons. The procedure we employ, is based on the "Berlin Model". The initial focus is on building the bond and relationship between the child and the relevant specialist. The support of a family member is one of the main building blocks of this. The goal being to create a basis for trust between all those involved, in which the child’s relationship is then able to grow. A positive acclimatisation period is a significant step towards the child's independence. The settling-in period depends on each individual child’s situation and may last several weeks.

5. Daily routine
• 7:30am Start of the day care day
• 7:30am – 9:15 am Open breakfast in the collection group (green & blue group start the day together) Children have the opportunity to participate at the open breakfast in the kitchen up until 9:15am. At the same time the "free play time" takes place in the group room of the blue group, where all children can participate.
• 9:30am – 11:30am start of the individual groups - common morning circle “free play phases," which are varied and shaped according to the situation, through activities, projects and excursions.
• 11:15/11:30am. – 2:15pm Lunch
• From 11:15am (crib)/11:30am (small age mix) lunch is served in the individual groups. - Afterwards we brush our teeth together and then the "quiet time" begins, at which point the children have the possibility to take a nap.
• 2:15pm - approx. 2:45pm pursue quiet activities
• From 2:15pm we offer a freshly prepared snack.
• 2:45pm – 5:00pm / active design of game situations.
• The day ends at 4:00pm.
• The day care centre closes at 5:00pm, Thursdays at 4:00pm

6. Nutrition
We attach great deal of importance to a healthy, balanced and child-friendly diet. A trained cook with various additional training in child-friendly nutrition, prepares a fresh, healthy lunch every day from seasonal, regional and organic products. Our menus are based on the nutrient-optimised FitKid programme. The Kita also provides breakfast and snacks in the afternoon. Here you will find varied and healthy meals, all 100% sourced from organic farms. Our qualified staff are always on hand during food periods, both pedagogically and linguistically, so that the topic "healthy nutrition" is properly represented in our everyday life. In October 2016, we launched the JolinchenKids programme of the AOK, a comprehensive prevention programme designed to motivate children and families to adopt a healthier lifestyle. A balanced diet, good physical performance and the ability to cope with unpleasant situations, are important factors for a healthy development.

7. Projects
" Old meets young " This cooperation with the local retirement home "Casa Reha" is intended to build a bridge and understanding between the generations. By creating spaces full of experience, these different worlds can meet and come together, to create something that enriches the lives of both seniors and children. Taking place once each month, the meet up alternates between visits to the seniors and vice versa. Activities are specifically planned, prepared, carried out, reflected upon and documented by the pedagogical staff of both institutions.

"Green up your college" In cooperation with the students of Green up your college, our day care centre will be brought up to scratch: that is, the weeds will be plucked and the soil prepared before we then plant the beds together. Afterwards the garden is given over to the responsibility of the children: regularly watering, picking, washing, preparing and of course eating, are the children's first tasks... Further joint activities are being planned.

"Healthy teeth from the very beginning" Together with our sponsored dentist Dr. Schelz, the project "Healthy teeth from the very beginning" is carried out annually in the small age mix. A visit by the dentist to the day care centre with a puppet show and joint practice of the correct "tooth brushing technique", a trip to her place of work, and a parents' information evening, are all important components of this cooperation to promote children's dental health. Mrs. Krebühl (parent consultant) offers a further event especially for children's dental care under the age of three. Important topics here are: How do I take proper care of my milk teeth? Soothers and drinking bottles? Fluorides and their effects? (Dental) Healthy eating and drinking? And much more.

8. Closing days
The day care centre is normally closed for about 15 days per year. These days are agreed with the parent’s committee and fixed at the beginning of each year, prior to being communicated to all families as soon as possible thereafter. Closing days are used to give our specialists the opportunity to do some further teambuilding. The focus being on reflecting on the processes and developing the concept further. For the Summer semester break, our facility has a holiday period of six weeks. During this time, our professional staff are able to take a vacation and recharge their batteries. For the families, this means that the children are required to take a minimum 1-week break from day-care, within the specified time frame.

9. Parent-teacher evenings and parent-teacher letters
In order to be able to communicate important contents and topics together with all parents and families, regular parents information evenings are arranged. The head of the day care centre invites parents at an early stage so that as many parents as possible can take part. Regularly letters to parents inform about current projects, upcoming events and/or any changes.

10. Parents Committee
The parents' committee represents the interests and concerns of the families in the day care centre. The committee actively supports through organisation and joint actions plans. The Parents' Committee is elected annually by all parents and meets regularly with the head of the day care centre.

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