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GISA > Kindergarten

Early Childhood Development

The GISA kindergarten offers space for children of different nationalities. The children will find a variety of learning l areas that invite them to play, research, experiment and learn. In addition, the children have a large outdoor area with swings, climbing frames, sandboxes...to romp around.

A qualified team of kindergarten teachers,  nursery teachers and early childhood educators accompany the children on their way to becoming  independent and conscious personalities. We lovingly and professionally support and encourage each child individually, based on their stage of development.

The basis of our daily work, is to build a trusting and cooperative relationship with both children and parents. In doing so, the respective circumstances of the individual children, such as the changed living environment after a move to Ghana or the special challenges for children growing up multilingually, due to the changing daily colloquial language, are taken into consideration. 

We attach great importance to the development of language comprehension, which is formed in the course of growing up. For this reason, we have completely changed our concept for the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year to include German. As a German kindergarten abroad with a high percentage of multilingual children, we attach great importance to promoting the German language. The joy of speaking arises in a variety of everyday situations. Constantly speaking German in rituals such as the morning circle consolidate the vocabulary. In order to ensure that we set a good example even the youngest children, we pay special attention to facial expressions, gestures and accentuation. Through early and continuous language development, we want to enable all children to develop in a way that suits their giftings in kindergarten and later on when they start school. Through afternoon activities in English, we promote the multilingualism of the children. This enables all children to participate in bilingual lessons after school.

Basic principles of our work
The basis for our educational work is the Thuringian Education Program. The children are always at the centre of the educational concept. We cover all areas of upbringing and education with selected pedagogical activities. We pay attention to a healthy personality development and encourage and challenge the children in the following areas:

- Language education
- Motor skills and health education
- Science and technical education
- Mathematical education
- Music education
- Art and creativty
- Socio-cultural and moral education.

Places and groups:
Our kindergarten has room for 24 children, aged 3 to 6 years or until they start class 1. We also offer 20 nursery places for children from 1 years of age in additional groups.

Our kindergarten day:
The children can be brought to the kindergarten from 7:30 a.m.

Starting from 8:00 a.m. the kindergarten program begins with a free play phase. The children decide where they would like to play. The teachers support the children in their actions. After the free play phase, there are pedagogical activities which are based on the "Thuringian Educational Plan" and are built around a theme which changes approximately every four to six weeks. There is time for moulding/building, singing, making music, looking at picture books, experimenting, moving, talking, laughing and much more, on order to form each child as an independent individual.

Afterwards we start with a healthy breakfast, which the children bring from home. This is an important part of the daily routine. Here all children sit down at the table and eat together as a group. This strengthens the group feeling and the togetherness. It promotes the possibility of verbal exchange, laughter, sharing and consideration for each other. Cleaning up and washing the plates is also an integral part of this.

From 10:00 a.m. we go to the playground. The outdoor area allows us to climb, slide, swing, squash, build, play in the sand, run, drive vehicles and experience nature.

Afterwards, the "older ones" go to the preschool. All other children take part in the language workshop, during which language is experienced in a playful manner. In the course of their final year in kindergarten, each child has one hour of preschool every day. The German preschool focuses on independence, holding of pencil, cutting, recognizing sounds, as well as recognizing and naming numbers and quantities.

The children take lunch together in the lunch hall at 12 noon. Lunch is served by the Swiss Club, which is located right next to the school.

After lunch, the children go to their groups to brush their teeth and take a break. The After School Care starts  after 1 p.m. Children who are not registered for the afternoon are picked up between 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. at the playground.

Festivals / celebrations and special days:
On the basis of the motto: "We celebrate the festivals as they fall",  we celebrate German and Ghanaian holidays in the kindergarten. In the kindergarten we prepare the children towards each festival. The children learn about the historical and cultural background from which the celebration originated. Suitable songs are rehearsed and, if necessary, room decorations are made. Not only should our kindergarten visually fit  every occasion, but also it is  because the children should have the opportunity to be prepared for every festival in an age-appropriate manner.

In addition to the festivities, we have some special days in our kindergarten:

Sweets Day: Once a month, in addition to a healthy breakfast, the children are allowed to bring something sweet with them, such as some biscuits, a piece of chocolate, gummi bear, a candy, etc...

Breakfast buffet: Once a month we enjoy a joint breakfast. Each child brings fruit and/or vegetables, and we will arrange everything into a buffet where the children can help themselves.

Toy day: Once a month the children bring a toy from home.

Water day/sports: The water day alternates with the sports day and usually takes place every two weeks.

Cooperation with parents:
Parents are welcome partners for us and we see them as the most important resource person for their child. Mutual respect and acceptance of competences, trust, openness and reliability are values that make our educational partnership a tangible experience. The welfare of the child should thereby be our common goal.

We make our work transparent to the parents by offering the following opportunities for participation and sources of information:
-regular publication of the weekly schedule
-kindergarten news by the head of kindergarten
-joint activities and celebrations
-meetings to discuss children’s development
-parents' meetings