Bereschit Daycare Centre, Röderbergweg ‒ Shalom! A warm welcome!
Our daycare centre focuses on Jewish education and traditions. From 12 months to school-entry age, kids experience all the festivals and holidays in the Jewish calendar.
The Bereschit Daycare Centre team consists of educators, social workers, educational scientists, teaching assistants, students of education, young volunteers, trainees and housekeeping staff as well as external language development and music teachers.
Our day-to-day work centres on the Hessian Education and Development plan as well as Jewish education and play-based learning. We run two nursery groups – Arche Noah and Garten Eden – both in the same building. Following on from them are our Sonnenschein and Regenbogen kindergarten groups. Everyday activities focus on the wellbeing of each child through a healthy, kosher diet, exercise, integrated language, musical and dance lessons, a Jewish education with all the relevant festivals and celebrations, games, early maths and science, fine and performing arts, and preparation and support for forthcoming transitions in the various stages of life. All of our lessons are delivered with a respectful, professional approach to education.
Our everyday teaching is carried out in line with the Hessian Education and Development plan and the UN Rights of the Child. Teaching is inclusive and seeks the active involvement of children and parents, and trusting collaboration between everyone involved.
As a Jewish institution, we practice the Jewish Year and teach Jewish values and traditions. The whole team is aware of the importance of these traditions and the obligations involved and does all it can to observe them fully in everyday life. For us, trusting collaboration is fundamental to the upbringing and education of your child.
What the Bereschit Daycare Centre offers
- Four groups offering care for up to 62 children in total: two crèche groups, each for up to eleven children aged 12 months to three years, and two kindergarten groups, each for up to 20 kids.
- We offer full-day care only. Children may be picked up early by prior agreement.
THE DAILY ROUTINE IN OUR DAYCARE CENTRE
- 7.15 – 8.00 a.m. Early session – Free play. All kids in a single group
- 8.00 – 8.45 a.m. Group activities – Open groups
- Children can arrive in peace by 8.45 a.m. at the latest
- 8.45 – 9.30 Preparing for and having breakfast
- 9.30 – 10.00 a.m. Morning Circle – Singing, dancing, festivals, projects, books, crafting etc.
- 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Various activities, e.g. games, creative sessions, “Entenland” discovery learning, “Zahlenland” maths, gymnastics, early musical education, language development, celebrations, playground, outings, projects etc.
- 12.00 – 1.00 p.m. Lunch – Crèche: 11.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. – Kindergarten 12.00 – 12.45 p.m.
- 1.00 – 2.30 p.m. Sleep/resting time – Crèche: 12.00 - 2:15 p.m. – Kindergarten: 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. sleep, 1.00 – 1.30 p.m. rest
- 2.30 – 3.00 p.m. Afternoon snack
- 3.00 – 4.00 p.m. Various activities, e.g. Krav Maga, gymnastics, games, projects, playground
- 4.00 – 5:15 p.m. Late session, free play, playground – All kids in a single group Friday closing: 2.45 p.m.
JEWISH LIFE IN THE DAYCARE CENTRE
Bereschit is our Jewish childcare centre and provides a safe environment in which we live by our Jewish values and traditions. The guiding principle, starting point and foundation of our work is a Jewish upbringing– every day of every week in the year. For us at Bereschit, living together by our faith and setting a good example for children is vitally important. Our daycare centre provides a place where kids can grow up with Jewish history and traditions, get to know the values and contents of Torah, experience the Jewish community and learn how to handle religious artefacts. They also learn to understand and practise the principles of Kashrut and experience Judaism and Jewish identity in everyday situations.
Throughout the year, the daycare centre prepares for and celebrates the various Jewish holy days. Children are introduced to specific aspects of Judaism and Jewish life through crafting, decorating, baking, singing, listening to stories and rehearsing for short performances. They also get to know the traditional holy day meals as we celebrate the religious festivals together. Many of the festivals are also celebrated outside the centre, in the community and synagogues. At certain times of year, we prepare the daycare room for special days in the religious year by hanging up pictures and artefacts to symbolise upcoming festivals or introducing other visual elements to help children learn how to practice and experience Judaism in a variety of situations.
From Friday evening to Saturday evening is Shabbat, and together, all the groups at the daycare centre welcome this special part of the week with a Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony on Friday mornings. Here, the children learn the rites of the Shabbat by practising them themselves. Together with the team, they light Shabbat candles and offer blessings over the challah (leavened, braided bread) and wine (or, in this case, grape juice).
So that Jewish families and staff members can celebrate the religious festivals, our childcare centre is closed on certain Jewish holy days in keeping with the laws of the Torah. Our community rabbis regularly visit Bereschit to teach the children our religious values and traditions.
THE GROUNDS OF THE DAYCARE CENTRE
Our daycare centre has 420 square metres of outside space, which we use as an accessible green space specially for crèche and kindergarten age groups. Offering a sensory experience of all kinds of flowers, shrubs, herbs and espalier fruits, it is dominated by trees that provide plenty of shade in the summer months.
Our playground is the perfect place for kids to run around and play, whatever the weather. The crèche section includes a climbing frame, balancing equipment, a sandpit, an elephant-shaped slide, a mini swing and a wooden marble run. The kindergarten area forms an accessible outer ring. Our big Noah’s Ark with its climbing frame offers plenty of opportunities for exercise and roleplay. Our blackboard, huts, bouldering wall and sandpit with water offer all kinds of new experiences. And then there’s the outdoor hall, our meeting-point.
We believe all children should be able to experience nature, even if they live in cities. That’s why we consciously opted for natural materials such as wood, sand, soil and stone. Beds of shrubs create green spaces and invite children to enjoy imaginative play and roleplaying. The alcoves offer can be used for fun – or simply for a little seclusion. Children can also watch the squirrels, various species of birds and the many insects that live in this natural habitat.
All in all, we have been able to create a green oasis in the middle of Frankfurt’s Ostend neighbourhood, with a protected, peaceful, green play area that offers developmental play for kids of crèche and kindergarten age. Our outdoor space can be accessed from three group rooms and the multipurpose room.