Assistance in Kindergarten & Daycare
Inclusion from the start.
In Germany every child has the right to a place in childcare. Integration assistance allows your child to learn and play in an inclusive social environment from an early age. This way, we want to make inclusion possible from the very beginning.
School assistance is not limited to schools
School assistance is also possible in preschools and daycare centers. In Germany this includes kindergartens, daycare centers (“Kindertagesstätten / KITAs"), and other preschool / after-school care institutions (“Schulvorbereitende Einrichtungen”, “Heilpädagogische Tagesstätten”, “Mittagsbetreuung” / ”Hort” ).
Integration assistance: supporting both child AND teacher
A teacher’s task is to encourage each child’s individual potential as much as possible.However kindergartens/KITAs are busy places and teachers often cannot give every child the necessary attention that they need.
This is where our school/integration assistant can help.
In order to achieve more independence in the long term, it is important that your child's individual needs are addressed at an early stage and that their strengths are encouraged. Through close and flexible cooperation with the teacher, school assistants ensure that your child receives the necessary care and attention to successfully manage their preschool routine.
Individual training - preparing school assistants
Over the course of the year, each school assistant is offered train-the-trainer courses on an individual basis. In this way, we want to ensure a high level of quality and reliability in our team so that we can support your child in the best way possible.
Does my child need school assistance?
What is school assistance?
Many children with mental, physical and/or emotional special needs require support with their preschool/daycare routine. For instance when playing with other kids, during mealtimes or when using the bathroom. This support can be provided by our school assistants.
Synonyms used for "school assistance" include "integration assistance" and have a "school / integration support".
When is a child entitled to school assistance?
In principle, school assistance is intended for children whose special needs cannot be met by the school/preschool/daycare center alone. However, the conditions and reasons for approval often differ, as these decisions are made on a case-to-case basis.
Examples of cases in which school assistance is typically provided:
- Speech, compulsive and developmental (language) disorders such as dyscalculia or dyslexia
- ADD / ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
- ASD / autism spectrum disorders (Asperger syndrome, autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified)
- Other developmental disorders related to socio-emotional or physical/motor competence
- Other mental and/or emotional disorders
What does a school assistant do?
A school assistant...
- helps with the organization of the kindergarten/daycare routine (e.g. during playtime & meals)
- accompanies activities and, if necessary, excursions
- promotes communication with teachers and other children
- helps your child to cope with crisis situations
- strengthens your child’s socio-emotional competence
- facilitates integration into the preschool/daycare community
- provides physical care when necessary
- promotes your child's independence in daily life - in the long term
Ultimately, we are guided by Maria Montessori's motto: "As little help as possible, as much help as necessary".
Integration is key
The goal of successful school assistance is the inclusion inclusion of the child into the kindergarten / daycare community.Over time, the assistance should enable them to cope with everyday life as independently as possible.
Therefore, our school assistants only support your child when they are unable to manage a task on their own. While your child learns to manage daily tasks without help, the school assistant - in consultation with you and the school - may withdraw their support little by little.
Finding the right school assistant for your child
Once your application has been approved, the agency in charge issues an official authorisation for school assistance. This authorization determines the qualification-level required of a school assistant as well as the weekly hours that are covered.
Next, we carefully select a suitable school assistant for your child while taking into account your individual situation. We suggest arranging a casual first meeting with the school assistant.
This initial meeting gives all parties the chance to get a first impression and is hence an essential step towards finding the right match.
After a school assistant has been selected and an authorization has been issued, we can get started!
In a first consultation between parents, school assistant and the teacher (possibly also the school psychologist) it is clarified which supportive measures the school assistant can/should take in order to enable your child's successful integration into the kindergarten/daycare community.
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Does your child require kindergarten / daycare assistance?
Do you live in Munich, Munich West, Fürstenfeldbruck or Starnberg? Then contact us to find out more about the possibilities for your child.