As a bilingual, German-English educational institution, we emphasise the importance of both German and English.
The children learn both languages according to the immersion method (also known as “Sprachbad” – language bath – in German). Following this method, each educator of native-speaking level speaks exclusively in either German or English. In this way, the children learn both languages in natural contexts, for example during morning circle gatherings, at mealtimes and through songs, stories or games. The daily routine supports language acquisition.
We encourage children to express themselves in both languages, without pressuring them – each child is free to make progress at her or his own pace.
All children want to discover the world and learn from the start. For that they need equal opportunities. The Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Young Persons is making a total of 400 million euros available for the “Language day care centres” programme. Beginning of 2018 the PHORMiniS received a confirmation of participation. This means for us, more support as part of an additional half-time specialist job vacancies and one specialist counselling provided from the “Paritätischen Wohlfahrtsverband”.
The “Language day care centres" attach a great deal of importance to language education in the day-to-day life of the day care group. All children in day care benefit from this and continue to develop their language skills. At the PHORMiniS we have an additional specialist for language education.
The specialist advises, assists and supports the day care team in the following areas:
- Language education work that is an integral part of the day
- Inclusive education
- Working with families
Further information on the programme can be found on the website of the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs: Sprach-Kitas "Language day care centres"