Children have rights

We put the rights of children into practice in our nurseries, kindergartens and after-school care centres.

The rights of children and the development of their educational opportunities are at the heart of what we do. We make this promise in our pedagogical mission statement, which contains eight rights from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

In order to respond to children’s rights and put them into practice in their day-to-day teaching, the early childhood professionals at FROEBEL act in accordance with the following three principles: relationships, individualisation and participation. This is how they stimulate and support the complex individual educational processes of children. They create stable relationships with children, they perceive them as individuals, and they support them accordingly. The children experience involvement and their opinions are heard.

How do we put these rights into practice?

Relationships as a principle

Our early childhood professionals are sensitive and emotionally available, and this enables us to support the development of relationships, which is so important to individual educational processes. Moreover, children in our nurseries, kindergartens and after-school care centres have the opportunity to gain experience of being in a social community, which is different from being in a family. They meet other children with whom they discuss ideas for play, establish friendships, philosophise about the world, but resolve conflicts as well. All of this helps to develop the personality of a child and its socio-emotional skills.

Individualisation as a principle

The individual interests of the children, and the topics that are important to them, are picked up by our early childhood professionals in their day-to-day work through observation, and then acted on accordingly. This individualisation of pedagogical work means that the children have the opportunity to take advantage of different learning activities, to select materials independently and to decide for or against a particular group activity in the course of the day.

Participation as a principle

By experiencing autonomy and shared decision-making through various activities, children learn that they are taken seriously as experts in their particular environment. On the basis of a fundamentally participative attitude, children develop confidence in their own abilities and learn to respect themselves as well as the well-being and wishes of others.

Early childhood professionals at FROEBEL

At FROEBEL, these guiding principles ensure that all children are stimulated in their personal educational processes and that their learning experience is appropriate in every case to the individual child’s stage of development. Our early childhood professionals see it as their role to accompany, to be a conversation partner, to observe, to learn, to provide security, to ask questions and to support. They take note of the needs, wishes and interests of the children and their families and are then guided by this in the design of day-to-day learning activities.