Daycare for kids in the Ignatz Bubis Community Centre: A place to feel at home
Daycare for kids in the Ignatz Bubis Community Centre follows the Hessian Education and Development Programme and the Centre’s own curriculum for Jewish education and development. Children benefit from a diverse range of settings for learning and experience.
In delivering educational, developmental and childcare services, the Daycare Centre follows the Hessian Education and Development programme and ‘Kinderförderungsgesetz’ (law to support children), as well as its own curriculum for Jewish education. Our childcare facilities offer a range of settings in which children can learn and experience life beyond their own families.
The main focus of our daycare facility is on Jewish education and imparting Jewish values and traditions. At the same time, we work closely with parents to deliver on our legal mandate as educators and supervisors for the children attending our crèches and kindergartens. A settling-in period involving parents, fixed points of contact for parents and children, and respectful dealings with each other are hallmarks of the quality service we provide. Our support for parents and children continues as kids transition from crèche to kindergarten and later into the reception class After-School Club.
Recognising international children’s rights, we advocate peaceful, inclusive education and development. Language is an important part of an individual’s personal identity and an expression of their feelings, needs, opinions, worldview and experience. We see multi-lingualism as an advantage and treat all languages and cultures with equal respect. At the same time, language education is a key component of our educational work.
We also support the early learning of mathematics, encouraging an experimental approach to the world of numbers and enabling playful discovery-learning.
During recreation, we take a back seat to give kids maximum freedom to act as they wish. Wherever possible, we avoid disturbing a child that is engaged in play, and rather than keeping kids ‘occupied’, we strive to deliver the perfect balance between focused attention and sufficient reserve.
Our staff members approach each child as an individual personality, giving them the space they need to develop at their own pace, and taking into account their characteristics and needs to deliver the right support. To us, the real experts on any child are the parents, and it is their efforts that we support. Our facilities form a close-knit network and collaborate with external specialists.
Westend Daycare Centre
- Small groups with family-like structure
- Personal care and support as part of a structured daily routine
- Child-friendly activities that encourage active involvement
- Non-Jewish children welcome
- Register your child for a place in the crèche via the Online Portal of the City of Frankfurt or by contacting the daycare centre directly. Call the secretarial office on 069 / 76 80 36 360 or write to Daniela Sobol at email@example.com.
- Every two months we publish a newsletter for parents of children attending our daycare centre. To request it, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE PERFECT SET-UP
Established by the Jewish Community, the crèche and kindergarten in the Ignatz Bubis Community Centre in Frankfurt’s Westend care for children aged from 18 months through to school-entry age. After that, kids can join the reception class of the I. E. Lichtigfeld School, the private full-day school of the Jewish Community in Frankfurt.
The kindergarten stretches across three floors, with the director’s and secretarial offices and a multi-purpose hall/gym on the ground floor, and three large communal rooms, the kitchen, a small storage room, and bathrooms on the first. The top floor accommodates two large communal rooms, one multi-purpose room and lavatories. Outside is a play area with large climbing frames, a slide, see-saws, a sandpit and age-appropriate pedal cars.
Located in Frankfurt Westend, the kindergarten’s catchment area extends across the city and beyond. There are 102 full-day places for children.
OUR DAILY ROUTINE
Our daycare centre offers kids a structured day that incorporates rituals, fixed time-slots for free play, physical activities, learning, development programmes, projects, meals and rest:
JEWISH LIFE IN THE DAYCARE CENTRE
Discovery-learning offers children a broad knowledge base. Besides storytime and explanations of the holidays, we familiarise kids with bible stories and picture books on religious themes, and teach them Hebrew songs and poems, often with their German translation as well. Kids get to experience religion and Judaism first-hand in their day-to-day lives at the kindergarten.
With the help of suitable songs, stories, customs and symbols, we introduce kids to the Jewish holidays and celebrate with them. We also bake, craft and decorate together.
In the mornings every group holds a morning assembly in which the first sentence of Shema Yisrael (part of the daily Jewish morning prayer) is recited. The children also bless their lunch, a kosher meal provided by Sohar’s Restaurant. At mealtimes and celebrations, boys wear the kippah, and after lunch, the prayer is briefly repeated. Blessings and prayers before breakfast and lunch are among the daily rituals of our kindergarten.
The crèche comprises three groups with eleven children each. In the kindergarten there are five groups with three supervisors each and 20 or 21 kids of various ages, from three years to school-entry age. Each group has three supervisors.
Mixed-age groups offer a range of learning opportunities and experience. As well as helping children to build relationships and develop their social skills, they help them to learn from each other as siblings do. In addition, compared with less diverse groups, there is a much broader spectrum of partners with matching interests or at similar stages of development for children to learn and play with.
Younger kids pick up a range of input from their seniors and develop their skills by observing older children in action. They also learn that their older peers have their own needs and wishes and that these should be respected.
Conversely, older children take much inspiration from younger ones. They practise and develop their skills and knowledge, and gain confidence by helping younger kids. Acting as a role model for the younger members of the group helps them feel more self-assured and boosts their self-esteem.