In our mission statement, we as the FRÖBEL Group promise to place the rights of children and the expansion of their educational opportunities at the centre of all we do. Children’s rights are central to the philosophy and activities of the education professionals in all FRÖBEL centres.
FRÖBEL’s professional staff recognises the rights of children and puts them into practice in our educational routine, based on the three principles of relationship, individualisation and participation. These principles inspire and guide the children’s complex individual education processes.
Children’s rights in early childhood education and the principles of relationship, individualisation and participation
The principle of relationship
Through the sensitivity and emotional availability of our education professionals we support the relationship-building that is so enormously important for each child’s education process. In our crèches, kindergartens and after-school clubs children also have opportunities to experience life in a social community that is different from the way they live together in the family. Here they meet other children with whom they can discuss ideas for games, make friends, muse about the world and also learn to solve conflicts. This shapes a child’s personality and aids in the development of socio-emotional competences.
The principle of individualisation
Through observation, the interests of individual children and the subjects that are relevant to them are identified and incorporated into daily routines by our education professionals. As part of the individualisation of our educational work children are thus given opportunities to take up offers, choose materials independently and decide for themselves whether or not to join in a group activity in the course of the day.
The principle of participation
Through the experience of various forms of self-determination and co-determination the children are able to feel what it is like to be taken seriously as experts in their own world. Through a general willingness to participate they develop confidence in their own powers and learn to respect themselves but also to respect the welfare and wishes of others.
FRÖBEL’s education professionals
Within the FRÖBEL Group, these guiding principles mean that we meet every child at the point they have currently reached in their development, and stimulate their personal educational processes. Our education professionals see themselves as guides, observers, learners, questioners and supporters: someone you can talk to and someone who provides security. They take the needs, wishes and interests of the children and their families into account and base the organisation of educational routines on them.