A child is a naturally curious and inquisitive being who is highly motivated to learn. Those who have learned to learn in a self-determined way and full of enthusiasm and curiosity will find it easy to deepen and retain new content in the future. Our special pedagogical concept at JVC is lived in our Kindergarten with our "youngest explorers" in mind. We visualize our JVC concept as a tree representing roots, stability, branches, and growth.
Playing in different rooms and areas and working in a partially open concept encourages children in their self-determination, giving them the opportunity to experience limits where necessary and to enjoy freedom where possible.
At Jules Verne Kindergarten, we work in a partially open concept. This means that the children can move freely within the structured and reliable framework of their fixed group in order to pursue their own interests and preferences. Each Kindergarten group consists of about 25 children with its own group room in which the children are supervised by at least one German-speaking and one English-speaking pedagogical guide as close attachment figures. Here, the children experience fixed routines such as the morning circle. Together with their group, they take part in various activities in the morning and have lunch.
After group time, there is a partial opening for inter-group activities within the designed Kindergarten area. Here, the children choose their own play area in which they want to move and learn. The pedagogical guides document the child's choice, observe the play behaviour and, if necessary, guide them to get to know new areas.
Through the child's autonomy to choose and have a say, the joy of playing, attention and concentration increase. It is important to us that each child is seen in their uniqueness, with their individual personalities, abilities and skills. This concept is based on an understanding of participation that sees the child as an active co-creator of his or her learning. The partial opening also gives the children the opportunity to find new play partners and also to establish contact with other pedagogical guides without the danger of being overwhelmed.
Bilingualism is also an integral part of the concept in our Kindergarten. The mixed ratio of German and English speaking caregivers ensures that the children are constantly in contact with both languages in a natural setting. English is not perceived as a foreign language but as a second language. The immersion principle applied here works on the basis of "one person - one language." The lively and ever-present German and English in the Learning House is a natural part of the whole day in the Kindergarten.
The bilingual Jules Verne Kindergarten is a family-supplementary facility and offers versatile all-day care in accordance with the Bavarian education plan. The Kindergarten is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, with the exception of closing days. There is a core time from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, which is necessary to achieve the educational development goals and therefore obligatory. There is flexible drop-off from 8:00 to 9:00 am. Closing days are between Christmas on December 24 and the Epiphany on January 6 of a given year and during the last two weeks of the school summer holidays.
|8:00 - 8:30 am
|Arrival and Free Play
|8:30 - 9:00 am
|9:00 - 9:30
|9:30 - 11:30
|Activities / Garden / Free Play
|11:30 am - 12:15 pm
|12:15 - 12:30 pm
|12:30 - 1:30 pm
|1:30 - 3:00 pm
|Activities / Garden / Free Play
|2:45 - 3:20 pm
|3:20 - 4:30 pm
|Activities / Garden/ Free Play
|4:30 - 5:00 pm
|5:00 - 5:30 pm
|Garden / Collection time
The Kindergarten is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during the school holidays, with the exception of closing times. For Kindergarten children, the daily schedule may differ slightly during the holidays due to the holiday program in Hort, but no separate registration is necessary for care in the Kindergarten during the school holidays.
The active participation of children in daily interaction naturally anchors values such as respect, appreciation, justice, equality, care, and consideration. Our Kindergarten children at Jules Verne Campus should feel that they are needed and also empowered to make their own decisions. A good example here are the perfectly designed toilets, sinks, furniture, learning spaces, playground areas, and even a sailing ship! These are the appropriate size and can be used without help, enabling explorers to move about freely, gaining confidence.
Our pedagogical guides support children's self-determination. Kindergarten kids are involved in the planning of activities and excursions, and in the design of the daily routine and the rooms. Agreements established together then provide the framework for activities in Kindergarten. This way, we expand children's freedom to make decisions and encourage responsibility. We trust our children to act independently to cope with everyday situations, sometimes challenging ones!
At the JVC Kindergarten, we place special emphasis on the playful and creative development of our youngest explorers. This also includes our "créaktiva+" offers, which are carried out by external course instructors with a lot of commitment. Within the framework of créAktiva "plus," our children have the opportunity to discover and develop their interests and talents in the areas of Karate, Dance, Research & Exploration and Early Music Education. These additional activities are an integral part of our daily routine and do not require additional costs.
As part of our Kindergarten, we also offer an excellent preschool program called Pearl aimed at children aged 5 or for so-called "can" or "corridor children" who could benefit from a little more time before they start grade 1.
The focus of the preschool work is, on the one hand, on teaching the key skills necessary for so-called "school readiness", such as frustration tolerance, the ability to concentrate and social and emotional skills. However, mathematical and logical understanding or pencil posture can be promoted separately. On the other hand, the close cooperation with the JVC primary school eases the transition into everyday school life and creates familiarity with the school premises.
Even if parents do not choose our Jules Verne Elementary School, we are there to support them in finding the right school, the next step, for their child.
Come and eat!
In our Kindergarten, meals are organized like family dinners. The children decide independently what they want to eat, but are encouraged to try new foods and discover their individual preferences.
Our pedagogical guides gently introduce the children to the use of cutlery and encourage them to experience the joy of eating. We create a pleasant and supportive environment in which our youngest children can develop their motor skills and learn a culture of eating naturally.
Fresh, organic food is prepared daily in our in-house kitchen. We offer both vegetarian and vegan options. Of course, the children can choose meat dishes if they wish.