History of FRÖBEL

FRÖBEL e.V. has been committed to provide childcare for over 25 years now. More detailed information about FRÖBEL is available in our annual report, which we can send you upon request (presse@froebel-gruppe.de).

2016

December
Start up of external evaluation of all 150 FRÖBEL centres in Germany

October
Launch of the "Pädagogischer Orientierungskurs für geflüchtete pädagogische Fachkräfte", an orientation course for refugees with professional pedagogical skills to improve integration in the job market in Germany
Start of the ESF-sponsored project "Networking Kita" (2016 - 2019)

September
Start of a partnership with Zalando for employer-sponsored childcare

July
FRÖBEL in Australia receives 4 million AUD to fund the "Little Scientists" initiative
Start of construction for the first FRÖBEL kindergarten in Düsseldorf

March
Start of construction for the new daily childcare centre in Berlin in cooperation with the hospital operator Charité

2015

December
FRÖBEL enters a new region: Hessen with the takeover of four kindergartens in Frankfurt/Main
Opening of the new FROEBEL Early Learning Centre in Sydney, St Leonards

September
Merger of all regional FRÖBEL companies to form FRÖBEL Bildung und Erziehung gGmbH

August
Official opening of the FRÖBEL kindergarten in the Federal German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), with Minister Johanna Wanka; FRÖBEL kindergarten Straßburger Strasse opens in Berlin

May
25th Anniversary of FRÖBEL e.V. on May 22
Official opening of five new facilities in Cologne
Ex-President of Germany, Christian Wulff, visits FRÖBEL kindergarten in Istanbul

March
Start-up of the cooperation of FRÖBEL and Klett Gruppe for international activities

January
Official opening of the first FRÖBEL kindergarten in Poznań (Poland) with Professor Gesine Schwan

2014

Nine new FRÖBEL kindergartens open in Munich

November
Opening of the third Australian centre FROEBEL Fitzroy North in Melbourne,
FROEBEL Australia presents the Little Scientists project to German President Angela Merkel on her first state visit to Australia; opening of the third Australian kindergarten FROEBEL Fitzroy North in Melbourne

April
Opening of the first FRÖBEL kindergarten in Istanbul

May
Transfer of the FRÖBEL Competence GmbH company to FRÖBEL Management GmbH, merger of the three Brandenburg-based companies to form FRÖBEL Brandenburg gGmbH, change of company name FRÖBEL Leipzig gGmbH to FRÖBEL Sachsen gGmbH

2013

December
Opening of Am Gutenbergplatz kindergarten in Leipzig

November/December
Opening of the first two FRÖBEL kindergartens in Munich

October
First award of the German Reading Prize, category “Outstanding Commitment to the Community” in cooperation with FRÖBEL

September
Opening of FRÖBEL kindergarten SieKids Ackermäuse, Celebration: 20 years of FRÖBEL in Senftenberg (Lausitz)

May to August
Becomes service provider/agency for 11 crèches and kindergartens in the Bavarian capital Munich

May
Launch of “Little Scientists” initiative in cooperation with the Little Scientists’ House foundation in Australia

March
Start of cooperation with the Wellcome Foundation at the Borsigstrasse kindergarten in Berlin-Mitte (running until June 2015)

2012

August
Opening of SieKids Energiezwerge in Mülheim/Ruhr
More kindergartens opened in Pinneberg and Wedel

2011

Kindergartens opened in Hamburg, Berlin and Potsdam

Launch of the FRÖBEL programme “Development, Piloting and Evaluation of Systematic In-Company Further Training and Professional Development Provision for Children’s Day-care Facilities” under the ESF “continuing education” programme.

The first Berlin Conference on Early Years Education (Berliner Plenum Frühpädagogik) takes place at the German Bundestag

FRÖBEL Group kindergartens and after-school clubs become the official partner of the 8th National Read To Me Day (Bundesweiter Vorlesetag).

Kindergarten in Mülheim/Ruhr begins operations.

The FRÖBEL Group welcomes its 2000th employee.

2010

FRÖBEL e. V. celebrates twenty years since opening the kindergartens in Hamburg and Essen

Opening of the kindergarten in Bonn
Support for the “Early Years Education” work-based course with setting up of a funded University Chair at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin

Opening of the first self-built kindergartens (Campus Adlershof in Berlin and Am Filmpark in Potsdam)

2009

Foundation of FRÖBEL Australia Ltd – acquisition of two kindergartens as part of the FRÖBEL Bilingual Education programme in Sydney/Australia

Foundation of FRÖBEL Australia Ltd – acquisition of two kindergartens as part of the FRÖBEL Bilingual Education programme in Sydney/Australia

Foundation of the FRÖBEL Rhein-Ruhr gGmbH
Foundation of FRÖBEL Hamburg gGmbH

Merger of FRÖBEL Senftenberg gGmbH and FRÖBEL Cottbus gGmbH to form FRÖBEL Lausitz gGmbH

Signing of company-wide salary agreement for all FRÖBEL employees

2008

Headquarters moved to the Haus des Lehrers on the Alexanderplatz in Berlin

Kindergartens in Cologne and Rhein-Sieg-Kreis acquired

2007

In cooperation with several other companies, opening of another kindergarten in Berlin (Potsdamer Platz)

FRÖBEL Service GmbH relaunched with a new focus (consultancy and project management on “Work/life balance”)

FRÖBEL Conceptual Framework revised and new edition published

2006

Structural reform due to the growth in size of the business group: All regional headquarters (Berlin, Leipzig, Frankfurt/Oder, Senftenberg, Potsdam and Cottbus) are converted into standalone companies

2005

More kindergartens acquired in Berlin and Brieselang

The FRÖBEL Group welcomes its 1000th employee

2004

Development of joint Conceptual Framework of FRÖBEL kindergartens

Kindergartens acquired in Brieselang and Berlin

2003

Staff kindergarten acquired at the Benjamin Franklin Teaching Hospital, Berlin

2002

Kindergartens acquired in Frankfurt/Oder

2000

FRÖBEL e.V. celebrates ten years since the founding of the G.O.M. Service GmbH as technical service provider

Acquisition of the Mosaik Children’s Home, Leipzig

1999

Organisational structures of FRÖBEL e.V. regionalised

Kindergartens in Potsdam and Leipzig acquired

All management services transferred to the subsidiary company G.O.M. mbH (now FRÖBEL Management GmbH)

1996

Opening of Ludwigsfelde Day Centre

1995

Kindergartens acquired in Berlin and Cottbus

1994

Kinderland kindergarten in Ludwigsfelde acquired

1993

Kindergartens in Senftenberg, Lauchhammer and Schwarzheide acquired

Launch of Social and Educational Support for Families in Teltow-Fläming District

Launch of School Social Work in Ludwigsfelde

1991

Opening of educational consultancy CON-RAT, Berlin youth careers consultancy (1991-97)

Qualification courses for educational staff

22 May 1990

Founding of FRÖBEL e.V. in Berlin.