Child Care Facility
The MPI-IE offers childcare in immediate vicinity of the Institute. The facility is managed by Concept Maternel, a non-profit organization which runs several other daycare centers and a primary school in Freiburg. “Little Scientists” has 10 nursery and 20 preschool spaces. Thus, the facility provides all-day care for children aged 0 to 6.
Its pedagogical concept is based on the principles of Montessori, Freinet and Pikler and promotes the individual development of each child.
Important facets are:
- active learning
- child concentration and individual development
- positive interaction of the child with his/her educators.
The pedagogical work features aesthetical education and creativity, science, culture, bilingual learning (English/German), language promotion and free play. Since June 2012, Concept Maternel provides education for children aged between 6 months to 3 years. In March 2014 the child care facility moved into a large new building close to the MPI-IE. This extension allowed the establishment of a kindergarden group for children aged 3 to 6 years. This way, MPI-IE employees will have the option of leaving their child in same facility until primary school.
Please note: In Germany, children aged 12 months have a legal entitlement to a childcare place. The childcare facility “Little Scientists” is not the only option in Freiburg. The MPI-IE Welcome Guide provides a comprehensive chapter on arranging daycare in Freiburg and further information related to school enrollment for children (see pages 71-75).