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Image of the child and role of the teachers
We consider our institution as a place of security, experience and learning. A roughly structured daily routine, our weekly as well as yearly rhythm serve as a framework which should give the children guidance, security, consistency and stability as well. At the same time the framework also serves to set boundaries.
Beside the personal development of the single child the social education is a very important aspect. Being together on a daily basis and the communication among each other enhance the mutual consideration, tolerance and the readiness to help each other on the one hand and on the other support the children´s ability to face and solve conflicts. Children in our kindergarten should see themselves as members of the group in which they fell well. Considering these circumstances children should learn to perceive the needs of others.
Playing, inventing and telling stories, experimenting, singing, laughing and celebrating festivities together are the best way for children to discover and conquer the world, basically to learn.
A lot of things that children learn in the kindergarten are not immediately visible at home. Nonetheless, they have experienced and learned a lot – qualities that make them strong for life!
Introduction of our institution
The general conditions of the kindergarten
In September 2010 the kindergarten moved into a new facility and is located in close proximity to the German School Doha. The new facility consists of two separate villas that have been reconstructed according to the needs of the kindergarten and have been equipped with high-quality materials and toys. The first villa consists of office rooms such as the reception and office of the Head of Kindergarten. Additionally, the first grade of the German School has its classroom on the upper floor. The villa offers further rooms for our children, as we are constantly growing. In the second villa the rooms for our little children are located at the moment. Furthermore, there is an indoor- and outdoor playground available.
Every room offers the children several play areas:
- Building corner
- Comfy corner
- Reading corner
- Creativity corner
- Role play corner
- Games / puzzles / art /
At present, the kindergarten takes care of 63 children in four groups. Three groups consist of children who are three to four years old. The fourth group, our so-called preschool, consists of children at the age of five to six years. The number of children per group is restricted to maximum 20 children each. Each group has one qualified teacher and one teacher assistant.
The daily routine
In order to provide security and guidance, our daily routine is structured by recurring rituals.
|07:30 – 09:00||Free play|
|09:00 – 09:15||Morning circle|
|09:15 – 09:45||Breakfast|
|09:45 – 10:30||Group exploration|
|10:30 – 1:30||Free play|
|1:30 – 2:00||Lunch and after-lunch-nap|
|from 2:00||Free play und afternoon activities|
Educational objectives of our work
We want to strengthen the children to develop their personalities further and to offer them various learning experiences. We are convinced to be able to develop our educational objectives the best in a half open group work. This means on the one hand that we stick to the groups and offer each child the group membership and security. On the other hand, the group boundaries are lifted by giving the children the opportunity to use the other rooms and to involve other children in their activities.
In order to offer the children in our kindergarten a holistic development, our main educational focus is on:
- Social behavior
- Psychomotor domain
- Perception with all senses
- Physical education
- Health education
Since September 2010 we use the holistic pyramid concept which integrates all development areas of a child. The focus lies on the language development and enhancement.
School enrollment represents a milestone for the development of children. Hence, the transition from kindergarten to school needs to be handled carefully. For this purpose we work closely together with the teachers of the primary school. Additionally, together we systematically support our children in preschool to develop various competencies.
In order to ensure a smooth transition from kindergarten to school, an additional program that is part of the cooperation with the primary school and conducted by its teacher, takes place three times a week for the children of the preschool. Furthermore, all children of the preschool will have to do a language test prior to school enrollment to determine the current level of their language development. By this means, we want to make sure that the transition takes place as harmonically as possible.
Due to the fact that the kindergarten takes care of children from different countries for whom German is not the mother language, we offer supplementary German courses. The German lessons take place daily in small groups and are held by a trained teacher for German as Foreign Language.
The free play is an important solid basis for the further personality development of the children. We consider the free play as a crucial activity for the children, as they can develop themselves most effectively during free play.
Programs are planned deliberately in order to promote special development areas. Children can accept these offers which might result in free play. Even as a consequence of the free play special activities can arise. In this context, we pay attention to the needs of our children and do not want to put through our ideas. Material and play ideas are offered to our children according to their needs.
- Various activities with children in preschool
- Various trips
- Regular special theme days
- Collective festivities
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