FAQ

Any questions? Here our answers.

 

On this page you'll find essential information regarding our daycare centres for children. This area is regularly updated and new answers will be integrated. Please take a first look here, in order to find answers to your questions. You'll find more info regarding the concepts for our daycare centres on our download-pages and there are also several interesting pdf-files that deal with various topics.   

For individual questions please contact the Kita of your choice (the contact details of all KinderArt Kitas are on our homepage under "contact"), Our Directors will gladly provide you with the information requested.   

1.  Family Guide

2.  Do you also accept children with special integration needs?

3.  From which age onwards do you accept children?

4.  Does my  child need to be potty trained?

5.  In the beginning my child could have problems to adapt. How is this adaptation period organized?

6.  Until which age may schoolchildren remain at the daycare centres?

7.  How many places are available at your daycare centres? 

8.  I cannot afford the costs. Is there any financial support for children's daycare?

9.  Which documents do I need for application?

10. I have not got my residence in the municipal district of the daycare centre, will my child be admitted nevertheless?

11. Which clothing / equipment do I need to provide for my child?

12. I need to relocate soon. Can I terminate the contract earlier than originally foreseen ?

13. Our child has been seriously ill for a long time. Do we lose our place in the Kita? Which costs do we have to face?

14. Which assurance cover applies for our children?

15. Liability

16. Which are the opening hours of your daycare centres?

17. Will the daycare centre be open during holidays?

18. Do you provide lunch?

19. How do you handle the issue religion?

20. How important is it for you that children play outside?

21. Which kind of sports or exercise do you offer?

22. Do you assist the children with their homework?

23. How do you make sure, that my child gets sufficient attention?

24. Do also our children have the right to participate and to complain?

25. I would like to participate actively in the Kita - but how?

26. We are not satisfied and want to complain. Who will take care of our complaints?

1. Family Guide

This portal informs on benefits for families and the competent authorities.  It also offers useful information regarding parenting, childcare and other topics related to the family.

I want to enrolll my child in a daycare centre - for infants, toddlers, schoolchildren - but do not know in which. Why should I decide for a KinderArt-Kita?  To which aspects should I pay attention?

We quote here from Dr. M. Textor of the State Institute for Early Childhood Education (Munich):  

Contrary to elementary schools children's daycare centres can be chosen freely by the parents. Therefore they can select the structure that corresponds most to their expectations and educational goals - as long as there are places available. A good Kindergarten, that actualizes not only care and education but also culture, is characterized by:  

  • 1. the existence of a concept, in which goals and methods of the pedagogic work are described and that are handed over to the parents before the registration of their child,
  • 2. the implementation of an established approach to early childhood education (in particular Situation Approach, Reggio-Emilia Approach, Montessori Approach, Waldorf Approach),
  • 3. the possibility for parents to share the routine of the Kindergarten directly - e.g. before the enrollment of their child by try-out days or visits or after enrollment by being guests, by video registrations ecc.  
  • 4. the children feeling fine and being busy in a committed manner - where they are not bored or left to themselves. 
  • 5. the all-around and holistic support of the children, for example also by the offer of teachings in math, science and music. 
  • 6. the great value placed on language development, for example by morning circles, children's conferences, reading and narrating hours, viewing of storybooks. 
  • 7. taking children and their creativity serious; for example where rooms and windows are not decorated by products of the educators or stereotyped children products but with genuine artwork of the children. 
  • 8. the involvement of the children in daily routine such as setting the table, watering plants, checking presences, tidying up ecc., 
  • 9. the loving interaction of the educators with the children, whom they encourage and support, their equal promotion of girls and boys, their integration of children with handicap or behavioral problems, 
  • 10. the working of the professionals with the entire group as well as with small groups and individual children and the execution of long-term projects,  
  • 11. the equipment of the rooms in such a manner, that the children can do completely different things in various corners (e.g. a space for role-play, a computer desk, a corner for arts and craft, a corner dedicated to physical activities, a storybook corner / cozy corner), 
  • 12. the outdoor area being shaped in a way that allows for children to move around freely and that solicits completely different muscle groups (e.g. the possibility to run, to climb, to crawl, to play with sand or water, for gardening); children should be possibly outside everyday for some time, 
  • 13. the frequent exploration of the surroundings of the kindergarten - exploration of woods, meadows, fields, farms and trade shops, houses and gardens, stores and markets, churches and museums;   
  • 14. educators that aim for an educational partnership with the parents, for example by talking to them occasionally about their child, its development and education, 
  • 15. the integration of the kindergarten into the community and its cooperation with the institutions such as Elementary School, Educational Counselling, Youth Welfare Office, Early Intervention Centre ecc..

As far as the demands are concerned that are currently very much in fashion - e.g. the learning of foreign languages or computer skills in kindergarten - it should be ascertained, that those offers are not exagerated and that the teaching is suitable for a child and done by competent persons (e.g. by someone who really masters a foreign language). Scholastic learning, worksheets and the like are not adapt for kindergarten: playful, independent, naturalistic, explorative learning by experience should have priority. 

The author Dr. Martin R. Textor is Assistant at the State Institute for Early Childhood Education. He is (co-)editor of the online-handbooks 
http://www.kindergartenpaedagogik.de and
http://www.SGBVIII.de as well as of the portal
http://www.kindertagesbetreuung.de.

2. Do you also accept children with special integration needs?

 

In our Kitas children with special integration needs are definitely welcome! Parents will be intensely consulted before the acceptance of their child into the daycare centre. Together we shall discuss expectations and the possibilities for individual support. We cooperate among others with the "Lebenshilfe" in Starnberg, their therapists visit the children in our Kitas.

3. From which age onwards do you accept children at the infant care centre?

We accept children from approximately 1 year onward; at the "Abenteuerhaus Berg" the children need to be at least two years old.

4. Does my child need to be potty trained?

Of course your child does not need to be potty trained. Young children will have their diapers changed regularly. Older children will be given a step-by-step potty training.

5. In the beginning my child could have problems to adapt. How is this adaptation period organized? 

The transition from family to the daycare center, with which the child is not familiar yet, is a big challenge to the child's capacity to adapt to its surroundings and to create a relationship with strangers. This is particularly true in infant care. We give each child the possibility to get carefully and slowly used to the new situation, in order to arrange for a smooth separation from the family.


For this learning process children do absolutely need the support of their parents or of the person, who has been taking care of them during the weeks and months before their admission into the daycare centre. Getting used to the new situation will be much easier for the child, if the familiy situation, preferences and aversions of the child were discussed during the application phase and when the pedagogic methods and processes of the daycare centre have been illustrated in-depth.


Given the individuality and the different environment of each child there is no precise time frame for adaptation. Our adaptation concept will be adjusted to the needs of the child and its parents. An adaptation phase of two to four weeks has proven effective, During this phase it will be necessary that at least one of the parents will be constantly reachable during the day.


By slowly increasing the length of the stays (in the beginning one or two hours) the child will get familiar with its caretakers, the other children, playrooms, play material and daily routine. Gradually the child will create a relationship with the qualified pedagogic personnel, in order to allow for a step-by-step separation from the parent.


It will be easier for the child to adapt, if he or she has been together with other children  (e.g. in a playgroup) or has experienced some separation from the parents already before entering the infant care centre. Part of that experience will be that at least one parent can be reached during the first four weeks at any time during the day, so that the child can be collected from the daycare centre whenever necessary.


If you want to prepare yourself and your child for the daycare centre, please take into consideration also the following ideas:

  • enlargement of the social environment
  • attending playgroups
  • parents-children groups
  • parents-children gymnastics
  • swimming lessons for infants
  • visits to the playground
  • making arrangements for try-out-days at the daycare centre

Here following some info for download.

Download Adaptation
Info for parents on adaptation by KinderArt
KinderArt concept for adaptation

6. Until which age may schoolchildren remain at the daycare centres?

At our daycare centres at Aufkirchen we accept children from first grade until the end of the fourth grade. At the Kinderhaus "Abenteuerhaus Berg" first graders and second graders are taken care of - often children that attended the Kinderhaus previously. The Kinderhaus KLEX at Gilching accepts children until fourth grade. For more details please contact the management of our daycare centres.

7. How many places are available at your daycare centres?

  • The Abenteuerhaus at Berg offers space for 65 children, aged from two-and-a-half years to eight.
  • In the daycare centre Aufkirchen 80 schoolchildren aged from 6 to 10 can be taken care of in three independent daycare structures.
  • In the Kinderhaus Höhenrainer Füchse there is space for 12 infants, from approximately one-year onward until the age of three years and there are 51 places for children from two-and-a-half years onwards until they get enrolled at school.
  • The integrative Kinderhaus KLEX at Gilching has got 94 places for children aged from one to ten.
  • The infant care centre "Pusteblume" at Andechs/Machtlfing offers space for 12 children.

8. I cannot afford the costs. Is there any fincancial support for children's daycare?

If you have not any financial means or not sufficient financial means to afford the parental contribution requested, you can apply for cost coverage at the District Office (Youth Welfare Office). Our Management will gladly provide you with further info - also regarding noteworthy reductions for children during the year before enrollment at school.


The municipality of residence has got different possibilities to grant subsidies. For more details please contact the management of the daycare centre and also your municipal administration.

9. Which documents do I need for application?

Please see under PLACES AVAILABE, there you will find current info and the forms regarding the admission procedures of the municipalities.

10. I have not got my residence in the same municipal district of the daycare centre, will my child be admitted nevertheless?

This is basically possible. However, children living within the municipal district of the daycare centre have got priority. If you are looking for a place for your child at a KinderArt daycare centre but you have not got your residence yet in the relevant municipality, please ask the management of the local daycare centre whether there are still any places available.

11. Which clothing/equipment do I need to provide for my child once admitted?

  • closed, solid shoes for inside with name tag
  • comfortable and functional clothing, rubber boots, waterproof pants, rain jacket (with name tag, everything to remain at the kindergarten)
  • weatherproof wear
  • change of clothing for all younger children
  • gym bag with name tag, shirt, jogging pants or shorts, 
  • lunch bag with lunch box (just for snacks, a proper lunch is served daily)
  • in the summer: sun cap or hat, sun cream
  • drinking bottle if your child should not drink from a cup
  • if needed: pacifier, cuddly toy to sleep with

 

12. I need to relocate soon. Can I get out of the contract earlier than foreseen originally?

Of ocurse, in such a case an early contract termination is possible. The termination however will be valid only from the moment when a certificate from the registration office is presented, that confirms the change of residency of the child. Notice must be given to the management of the daycare centre in writing.

13. Our child has been seriously ill over a long period. Does it lose its place at the daycare centre? Which costs do we have to face?

A long period of illness or any serious illness of one's child is always a major challenge to family life. The family does not only need to worry about their child getting better, but also about what happens to the place at daycare, if their child cannot visit for a long period due to illness.

At KinderArt we apply the following rule:

If parents want to keep the place of their child at  the daycare centre, it will be kept. For the entire period of the illness of their child the parents do not have to pay the parental contribution. The Management of our daycare centres will gladly provide you with more details. 

14. Which insurance cover applies for our children?

Insurance

The children are insured according to § 2 Section 1 Nr. 8a bis c SGB VII in case of any incident:

  • on their direct way from home to the daycare centre and on their way back to home from the daycare centre
  • during their stay at the daycare centre
  • during all events and activities of the daycare centre

15. Liability

We are not liable for loss, mix-up or dammage of the clothing and the equipment of the children. This is valid also for toys brought from home, bicycles ecc. Regarding damages to property or persons at the daycare centre or to the disadvantage of third parties caused by our children the following applies: The provider is liable only in case of any proven grossly negligent or intentional violation of the supervisory duties by the personnel; this must have been decided by court. Therefore we strongly recommend to take out an individual liabilitly insurance, which comes into effect independently from the age of the child.

16. Which are the opening hours of your daycare centres?

Opening hours 

Abenteuerhaus Berg:
Mon - Thu: 7.30 a.m. - 17.00 
Fri: 7.30 a.m. - 16.00    

Schülertagesstätte Aufkirchen: 
Mon - Thu: 11.00 a.m. - 17.00 
Fri: 11.00 a.m. - 16.00 

Kinderhaus Höhenrainer Füchse:
for children aged under three: Mon- Thu: 7:00 a.m. - 15:30 
Fri: 7:00 a.m. - 14.30 

for children aged three and more:
Mon. - Fri: 7.30 a.m.- 16.00   

Kinderhaus KLEX:
Mon: - Fri:  7.00 a.m. -  17.00  

Kinderkrippe Machtlfing/Andechs  
Mon - Thu from 7.30 a.m. - 16.00
Fri from  7.30 a.m. - 15.00 

17. Does the daycare centre remain open also during holidays?

The current closure times can be found under the info on our daycare centres on this website.

18. Do you provide lunch?

Yes. In all our daycare centres the children are provided with a hot lunch. At the Kinderhaus Höhenrainer Füchse, at the Abenteuerhaus in Berg and at the Kinderhaus KLEX in Gilching our cooks prepare fresh meals daily. At the daycare centres at Aufkirchen a hot lunch, (freshly prepared, not deep-frozen food) is delivered. Furthermore there are break times, during which the children can eat their snacks they brought from home. In all Kitas of KinderArt children lunch is mandatory, no lunch needs to be brought from home. At the Kinderhaus KLEX we have got board for the children (snack, lunch and afternoon snack). More details can be obtained from the Management. Children can be signed out from lunch on a daily basis within a certain hour of the day, for example if they cannot visit the daycare centre due to their being ill. Info on current costs is available from the daycare centre.

19. How do you handle the issue religion?

We do not privilege any religious community or group. Religious education cannot be delimited from the rest of the pedagogical events, because religion includes also regard and tolerance for other beliefs and opinions.

Religion at the daycare centre means to be able to live one's own faith and in the same time to respect the pecularities of other religions, such as fasting or different holidays. For us it is essential to convey, that it is important to belong to a religious group, but that comprehension and tolerance towards persons of different faith must not be narrowed down or totally blocked.

20. How important is it for you, that children play outside?

Very important. Whenever weather conditions are favorable, we let the children go outside. We have got our own gardens available, but we also move around in the municipalities where our daycare centres are located.

21. Which kind of sports or exercise do you offer?

Sports and exercise are part of the daily routine of our daycare centres. It is very important for us, that the children can get plenty of exercise and that they can move. All of our daycare centres have got activity rooms, in which the children can do sport or frolic around.

22. Do you assist the children with their homework?

Part of the assistance of the development of a child is its achievement at school. During homework assistance our children learn with the help of the pedagogues how to study, they learn to organize their time for homework and leisure and which supporting means can be used. They learn to ask questions and to elaborate solutions. Part of this is also the method of working at a project, to develop independent learning and to have study rooms available with furniture suitable for children and last not least the provision of educational games and media. Completion of homework is part of the tasks at the daycare centres for schoolchildren. To control homework regarding its correctness, however, is the duty of the parents. To do exercises in math, writing and reading does not belong to the tasks of the care of schoolchildren in our daycare centres and can be done only under certain circumstances. Please keep in mind, that childcare at the daycare centre should not be mixed-up with extracurricular care around lunch time, but that is has got its own pedagogic profile. In the same manner homework support at daycare centres is not to be confused with extra tuition or the so-called "Paukstudio". The mandatory STANDARDS regarding homework assistance and the educational guidelines for daycare centres for schoolchildren in Bavaria can be found here.


Homework at KinderArt
Guidelines by The Ministry of Social Affairs

 

 

23. How do you make sure that my child will get sufficient attention?

Each child is at the center of attention. First of all sufficient attention for each child is obtained by a good personnel ratio and the sensibilization of our pedagogues for the perception of the children during their daily routine.

Furthermore the observation of each child is the basis for the individual following-up and attentiveness, the pedagogic activity, the work within the entire group, the evaluation of behavior patterns, the preparation of talks with the parents and for any other planning and reflection of professional pedagogical work. The difficulty lies in the fact, how to fulfill this requirement for each child, and therefore a observation concept is needed, that does justice to all children and their individuality and which furnishes empirically verified data, that is relevant for the pedadogical practice, useful and transparent.

Goal of the systematic observation is to make the child, his or her parents, the provider and last not least the staff conscious of the individual development of the child in the (most different) relevant areas and to make it transparent. Focus of our observation are the development dynamics of each child.

24. Do our children have the right also to participate and to complain?

Of course! This is even regulated by the legislature in the Federal Child Protection Law. Children of all ages have got the right to complain, for example when they feel that they have been treated injustly. All daycare centres are obliged to develop together with the children forms of participation and complaint appropriate for their age and to integrate them into the routine of the daycare centre.

To this purpose we from KinderArt developed a series of suggestions and binding guidelines for our daycare centres that are implemented locally. For each house concept you'll find detailed info (available for viewing and download on this website).

25. I would like to participate actively in the daycare centre - but how?

The cooperation between parents and daycare centre is a big concern for us and an important part of our pedagogic work. Children need the active participation of adults in their development and daily routine. Our pedagogic personnel therefore desire an active exchange with parents and will gladly fix an appointment for discussion at any moment, however, at least twice a year. We consider all parents as enrichment - not least those with special skills (manual, technical, foreign language, musical, artistic) - and gladly invite them to work with us on projects.  If you should be interested, please get in touch with your local team. Also the Parents Councils are happy with parents, that want to actively participate and that have got interesting ideas. Here a brochure of the Bavarian Ministry for Social Affairs regarding participation possibilities:


Parents Council

26. We are not satisfied and want to complain. Who will take care of our complaints?

During the pedagogic routine of the daycare centre or also during contact between parents and our educators and teachers there are situations that may make you angry or leave you not satisfied, and which may make you worried. In some cases parents are also afraid the following-up on their child through our personnel might suffer, if desires, critique and complaints are expressed.

We understand this preoccupation, but all daycare centres need suggestions and critique in order to improve the quality of the pedagogic work and common dialogue.

Therefore the following is valid:

"We take your suggestions and complaints seriously".

All the staff in our daycare centres, Management, the Parents Council and not least the provider will personally acknowledge your suggestions and complaints. We will offer you in any case to discuss with us. 

We can register your suggestions and complaints in writing and we'll take care to process them quickly and give you our feed-back.

If you should still not be satisfied after that process, you may contact the so-called Fachsteuerung of the provider:

KinderArt - Fachsteuerung
Ms Monika Fehringer
Phone: 08105/7304144
fehringer[a]kinderart-kitas.de

 

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