Con­cept full ver­si­on in Ger­man, PDF down­load:Konzept_Straßenkindergarten_Stand_Juli2021

Amidst the pre­fa­bri­ca­ted buil­dings in Leipzig’s Taro­s­tra­ße, the­re is an edu­ca­tio­nal tre­asu­re: the children’s day care cent­re „Stra­ßen­kin­der­gar­ten“. It is a space for child­ren from age 1 to 7 to expe­ri­ence, for play and move­ment. Bey­ond that, the child­ren are offe­red oppor­tu­ni­ties to retre­at, allo­wing for peace and quiet and also a varie­ty of contacts.

What makes us spe­cial is the dai­ly edu­ca­tio­nal work, based on the prin­ci­ples of the “situa­tio­nal approach” – a con­cept for accom­pany­ing edu­ca­tio­nal and life manage­ment pro­ces­ses with the main focus on auto­no­my, soli­da­ri­ty and competence.

Our edu­ca­tors see them­sel­ves as refe­rence per­sons, faci­li­ta­tors, com­pa­n­ions, sup­port­ers, role models and docu­ment­ers. Their pedago­gi­cal work is tail­o­red to the indi­vi­du­al deve­lo­p­ment of the child­ren and the needs of the group. This open plan­ning requi­res a high degree of mutu­al open-min­ded­ness and app­re­cia­ti­on bet­ween edu­ca­tors, child­ren and par­ents. It is also clo­se­ly rela­ted to the dif­fe­rent life situa­tions and living con­di­ti­ons of the child­ren and their families.

Within the com­mu­ni­ty, the child­ren expe­ri­ence their dif­fe­ren­ces as mutual­ly inspi­ring and enri­ching. In this social con­text and posi­ti­ve atmo­sphe­re, each child is encou­ra­ged to unfol­ding its own iden­ti­ty and potential.

Each child should be led to self-effi­ca­cy by acqui­ring various com­pe­ten­ces and also be streng­the­ned in his or her self-esteem. The pedago­gi­cal gui­dance is the­r­e­fo­re based on know­ledge about deve­lo­p­men­tal psy­cho­lo­gi­cal cha­rac­te­ristics of child­ren at pre-school age.

The coope­ra­ti­on among edu­ca­tors and par­ents, which has sup­port­ed the cent­re sin­ce its foun­da­ti­on, also plays a for­ma­ti­ve role in the centre’s ever­y­day life. It has grown ste­adi­ly and is cha­rac­te­ri­sed by a warm and fami­li­ar atmosphere.

The name of the day care cent­re comes from its ori­g­ins. Estab­lished as a Kin­der­gar­ten clo­se to home “in our street”, today “street” is also a syn­onym for life, the near and far (sur­roun­ding) world, open­ness – a set­ting out.

The term “street kin­der­gar­ten” the­r­e­fo­re also stands for an important pedago­gi­cal goal: The deve­lo­p­ment and adop­ti­on of the (sur­roun­ding) world as a pre­re­qui­si­te for the growth of one’s own iden­ti­ty and personality.