Berlin education program

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The Berlin education program was designed by the Senate Department for Youth, Education and Science of the City of Berlin for the education, upbringing and care of children in day care facilities until they start school. This program achieved great professional approval not only in Berlin and Germany, but also abroad.


The main goal is to encourage all children to start school so that they can successfully transition from daycare to school with the best possible conditions. It forms the framework for work with children in Berlin day-care centers and is intended to help the educators to support all children as comprehensively as possible and to prepare them for school.


Based on the need and necessity to develop such a technical framework for the education and support of children in the Berlin daycare centers, the draft for the framework program was drawn up in 2003 and presented to the specialist groups and the public in June of the same year.

The following organizations and offices contributed to the revision of the 2004 program that resulted from this:

In 2014 the Berlin education program was revised and expanded and a new edition was published.


The Berlin education program is divided into the following chapters:

1. To understand education

  • Education is the appropriation and creation of the world
  • Education is an active, sensual, social and enjoyable process
  • Education needs bonds and relationships
  • Education needs language
  • Education is participation and achievement
  • Inclusive education
  • Education and health
  • Education needs world orientation
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Ethical and religious values

2. Objectives of educational action: Strengthening skills

  • Strengthening children's self-competence
  • Strengthen children in their social skills
  • Strengthening children in their specialist skills
  • Strengthening children in their learning methodological skills

3. To design educational processes

  • Features of early childhood educational processes
  • Pedagogical-methodical tasks
  • Observe and document educational and development processes
  • Shaping everyday life with children
  • Encourage fun and fulfilling games
  • Plan and design projects
  • Design stimulating spaces

4. Integration of children with disabilities and early intervention

5. Education and upbringing partnership with parents

6. Design transitions

7. Areas of education

  • Education: Health
  • Education: social and cultural life
  • Education: Communication: languages, written culture and media
  • Education: Art: Art, music, theater
  • Education: Basic mathematical experience
  • Educational area: Basic scientific and technical experience

8. Democratic participation - teamwork and communication; Management and carrier


  • Christa Preissing (Head), Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science (publisher): Berlin education program for daycare centers and day care . Verlag das Netz, Berlin, 2014. ISBN 978-3-86892-107-6

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