The Amos Comenius Kindergarten
130 children aged 8 weeks to 6 years visit our kindergarten in the Francke Foundations children’s day-care centre. Fully renovated in 2005, the premises now provide numerous possibilities for shaping each day together with the children. Our rooms open directly into a large garden, which we use in all weathers.
We take care of your children aged 2 to 6 years in mixed-age groups. This model allows us to help children in their daily lives, as they are always in contact with people of different ages. Age differences within the group are considered normal and the different age groups learn from one another. We aim at a balanced mix of periods of creative freedom and targeted learning opportunities within the groups. Thus, playing, crafts and drawing are as much part of the day as the exercise of specific motor skills by means of dance and sports and preparing the older children for school with the help of language games and set theory. Thanks to our cooperation with the Robert Koch Swimming Pool we can offer our children swimming lessons with the possibility of achieving the Seahorse badge of the German Lifeguard Association (DLRG). Activities and parties together with the parents further contact not only between parents and carers, but also among the parents themselves. The purpose of all our activities is to equip our children at an early stage not just for school, but for life.
Amos Comenius (1592-1670) ranks among the most celebrated paedagogues. The concept of raising children outside the home, which is the original form of the kindergarten, originated with him. He considered schools as “workshops of humanity” (Werkstätten der Menschlichkeit), in which everyone should be trained in all things. He understood that education not only involves the accumulation of knowledge but above all learning how to learn. His approach influenced Francke’s paedagogical reforms, which can be perceived within school and education systems to this day.