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Europäischer Freiwilligendienst im Kinderhaus cocolores
Start date: 01 May 2015, End date: 31 Dec 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

cocolores e.V. is an initiative of parents and nursery staff members which has been founded with the aim to create further day care facilities in the district “Äußere Neustadt” of Dresden. The association is supporter of the nursery “Kinderhaus cocolores e.V.” where altogether 96 children between the age of 1,5 to 7 years are taken care of in four mixed-age groups. For the pedagogical work at the nursery, creativity, individuality and learning by following one’s own curiosity are central conceptual ideas. To this purpose, inspiring playing materials are offered to the children avoiding conventional and commercial toys. Intercultural openness and tolerance are as well as ecology and sustainability central features of our pedagogical work. Therefore proviedes EVS a possibility of practical implementation of the very important aspects. We give European volunteers the opportunity to become acquainted with the everyday life of our nursery in all its facets by accompanying our educators throughout their working day. A focal point will be the open work with the children in mixed-age groups. The volunteer is expected to actively contribute with creativity and own ideas. We are particularly curious about games, songs, stories, and craft ideas he/she is bringing from his home country. Thereby, the children will be encouraged to deal with the issue of foreign cultures, languages and traditions. Another important feature within the daily work with the children is the environmental education. This is reflected in many aspects of the nursery – starting with the very construction of the building, the composition of the garden, the catering and last but not least the pedagogical approach. We wish the volunteer to be particularly interested and motivated to learn about and to contribute to this topic. We are open for ideas and suggestions for projects and trips that are to be undertaken particularly with our preschool kids. Depending on her interests, the volunteer might suggest and carry out own projects in cooperation with educators, other volunteers and/or parents. These projects can concern various areas. They can be carried out within the respective group (i.e. within the daily morning meeting “Morgenkreis”), they can be open for children from all groups regarding a particular topic, they can take place within preschool, or together with parent’s working groups (i.e. regarding the composition of the garden, the production of self-made toys and the decoration of the rooms).
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