Our mission — the kindergarten as a daycare centre that complements family life
- The St. Leonhard daycare
centre has 35 full-time places. A baby group with 6 places for children from 2
to 3 months up to approx. 3 years. Two groups of mixed ages with 12 or 13
places between the ages of 3 and approx. 12. Children who grow up with us have
the option of moving internally to our “Mittagstisch” lunchtime and afternoon
club (part of the “Tagesstruktur” scheme).
- We are a socio-educational
institution providing daycare that complements family life for children from
all social and cultural backgrounds. Our places are open to children whose
parents or guardians live in Basel-Stadt. In exceptional cases, we also take in
children from the neighbouring Canton of Basel-Land. The monthly parental
contribution is based on the guidelines of the education department of
Basel-Stadt. Children whose parents live in Basel-Land, pay the full amount.
- We aim for there to be a good
mix of social and cultural backgrounds. We do not tolerate any racism or
xenophobia, and we require parents and any authorities involved to be tolerant
and constructive in their interactions. We look after normally gifted children
and we are very much willing to integrate children with disabilities (such as
Down's syndrome etc.). Through close contact with the child’s main caregivers,
we endeavour to organise the children’s day-to-day life constructively, including
for children in difficult life circumstances.
Staff structure and groups in the St. Leonhard daycare centre
- Baby group 'Wolken'
- Mixed-age group 'Regenbogen'
- Mixed-age group 'Stärne'
- Kitchen and cleaning staff
Working as part of a team
- We expect our staff to be
willing to develop. Tolerance, acceptance, teamwork, process-oriented thinking
and acting, critical abilities and self-reflection etc. are not just buzzwords
we throw around because that’s what’s expected of us. In line with
intercultural values, we should approach each other with interest and enable
experiences without losing our own identity.
- Working in child education
means being willing to self-reflect. We meet this requirement by offering an
understanding team in which members can take the necessary personal development
The work and management tools to
achieve these goals
- 1.5 hours once a week
Centre management – group leaders – assistant educators
- Approx. 1 hour once a week
Group teams according to the internal working paper
- Once a week, centre management
– trainees: practical and theoretical topics
For the training of interns:
- 1 For the training of the FaBe (childcare professionals): qualification according to the internal grid
- Instructions according to the internal requirements for interns
- 2-weekly activities planning, implementation and reflection
Für die Ausbildung der FaBe:
- The internal FaBe training
concept governs all the requirements that have to be covered over the course of
3 years (FaBe = childcare professional)
- Didactic planning 5 to 6 times
a year – implementation and analysis according to the internal working paper,
along the same lines as the final exam, and in the third year an advanced
practical work (VPA).
- 2-weekly activity planning,
implementation and written reflection in conjunction with the set learning
- 2 yearly qualification
according to internal grid
- Once a year qualifications
with all other staff members
- It is the responsibility of
the centre management to address and discuss current topics with the staff
members as part of everyday working life and to develop constructive solutions
together with the staff.
- We aim to solve problems
within the team, by consulting with children and parents or using the mediation
approach. When this is not possible, there is the option of seeking external
professional help for the situation.
- Es liegt in der Verantwortung der Heimleitung, im Alltag und im täglichen Kontakt mit den Mitarbeitenden aktuelle Themen aufzunehmen, auszudiskutieren, zu klären und gemeinsam konstruktive Lösungen zu erarbeiten.
- Es ist unser Bestreben, Probleme im Team, mit Kindern und Eltern intervisorisch oder mit Hilfe des mediativen Ansatzes zu lösen. Sollte das in einzelnen Fällen nicht möglich sein, besteht die Möglichkeit, situativ externe professionelle Hilfe anzufordern.
Childcare principles and diet
- Recognition of and respect for
the child's personality at all levels.
- Individual support of personal
- Promoting social interaction
in small and larger groups.
- Children should feel at ease
and safe, emotionally, physically and mentally.
- Whenever possible, children
living in difficult circumstances are given support.
- We strive for cooperation
within the team to be based on democratic principles. This also applies to the
way we care for the children entrusted to us.
- We do not tolerate racism or
- We respect other cultures and
religions without neglecting our own beliefs and practices.
- We eat in a pleasant
atmosphere that appeals to the senses where children have the chance to relax
and experience the community and where there is opportunity for exchange.
- We do not force anyone to eat.
There is always enough to drink (water/tea).
- We value age-appropriate
teaching of good table manners in accordance with our social norms.
Working with the parents
- We are in daily contact with
- We invite parents to attend
regular meetings. We inform them about their child’s level of development, we
talk to them about our observations, and we listen to the parents’ wishes and
- In the spring, we invite the
parents to a parent-and-child breakfast; on a Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1
p.m. the parents have the chance to meet new people and reconnect with others.
- At the end of the year we
invite the parents to our end-of-year party; (e.g. intercultural party) from 5
p.m. to 8/9 p.m.
- We treat the parents with
respect. Our work complements family life.
The structure of the organising
- The management board has
overall responsibility for the St. Leonhard daycare centre. The institution is
entered into the Basel-Stadt commercial register (CHE-107.733.601) as an
association. It was opened on 1 June 1889. Our internal and external
relationships are governed by statutes.