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Can you still remember your time as a daycare child? Of beautiful moments, parties, trips or what you played or sang? Attending a daycare center is an exciting time for children. This is where they have their first experiences outside of the parental home. They look for their own friends, discover their own interests and learn to master challenges independently. As a pedagogical specialist, you will help small personalities to develop and accompany them on their development path.

What does “day care center” mean?

"Kita" stands for daycare. There are separate facilities for each age group:

  • Crèche: for children from 0 to 3 years
  • Kindergarten: for children from 3 years to school start
  • Hort: for elementary school children
  • House for children: a cross-age facility for children, e.g. from daycare to after-school care

What do daycare centers do?

Children from all over the world and from very different families and parental homes meet in daycare centers. Every child has their strengths, their language, their special experiences and needs. In their group they become a learning community. You will learn how to get on well with each other, how to help others (and ask for help yourself), how to settle disputes and find solutions together.

In day care centers, children ...

  • behaved: You will get to know fair dealings, responsible interaction and the meaning of rules.
  • educated and promoted: The children learn to understand the world together with others and are strengthened in their intellectual, linguistic and social development. The day-care center enables the children to have diverse and challenging learning experiences, and they also become looked after and well looked after: This is how mothers and fathers can combine their work and family well.

Explore the world, together and alone

Together and alone, the children explore their surroundings and learn something new every day: how to cut out a self-painted animal, balance it on a tree trunk, make a small film with the tablet.

“When I see the children's hearts open, my hearts open too. Laughing together, discovering the world with the children and seeing how the children develop and learn shows me how important my work is. It gives me the feeling that what I'm doing is right. "(Nicole Zanner, nanny)

The daycare professionals encourage the children: to discover and learn, to exercise and to be creative. They know exactly when to help - and when the kids can cope with a challenge on their own. Because finding out something for yourself makes you strong and smart! They observe each child very closely. How does it develop: physically, mentally and socially - i.e. in dealing with other people? What is easy for him, where does he need support? These observations are the basis for all educational measures.

Example: Strengthening media skills

Already knew? Media education begins in the crib! Nowadays, the media play an increasingly important role in daycare centers. After all, smartphones, tablets, televisions etc. are everywhere and even small children know how to use them. But how to use digital media and the Internet sensibly and safely: Children have to learn that. That is why media skills are already being strengthened in the daycare centers.

Media literacy - what is it actually?

Media literacy means: I know how to use media safely and responsibly. So not only how I use devices, but also how I recognize good and dangerous content, differentiate between truth and “fake news”, present myself securely on the web and in social networks and share ideas - and also how I get creative and my own Can design content.

How do I recognize good films, games and apps? How do I behave while chatting? How do I recognize dangers - and how do I deal with them? What is news and what is advertising? Short:

Media literacy is the conscious, critical and creative use of media.

Learning is most fun when you can try something out yourself. For example, make a cartoon yourself! The daycare children form the "movie stars" out of plasticine. Then they build little scenes with the plasticine men and other toy figures. Every scene is photographed. Put the photos together to make a film. How great is that! The older children (in the after-school care center) can even get an internet driver's license.

Working in the day care center: with mind, hand and heart

Whether baby or elementary school child: All children need to be close. An ear into which you can whisper a secret. A cuddly arm that gives comfort. A hand that you hold and strengthen when you want to dare something really big. Someone who helps brush their new teeth - and digest the bad mark on the math test. Daycare professionals work with mind, hand and heart!

Jobs in the day care center: compact information

“Kita” is the generic term for crèche, kindergarten and after-school care center. In “your” daycare facility, you look after, educate and raise children between the ages of 0 and 12. In doing so, you form an educational partnership with the parents. You regularly exchange information with the parents about their child and its learning and development processes. You have an open ear for their questions and support them in their parenting skills - regardless of whether they are eating or arguing with other children. You will advise them if they are unsure about their child and, if necessary, support them in contacting specialist services, paediatricians, speech and language therapists, etc. The work in the day-care center is demanding - and at the same time very meaningful and future-proof.