Higher Education
Language Schools

There are many educational and cultural reasons why parents may choose a bilingual pre-school for their children. Scientific studies have shown that the human capacity for language learning is multi-lingual and that this capability is especially strong between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. There are also indications that multi-lingual children tend to have a higher potential for creativity and are more tolerant and open to other languages and cultures than children who grow up monolingually.

In Germany, there are already many different and successful examples of bilingual kindergarten, for example, Kindergarten Rappelkiste in Rostock (German-French), the (German-English) KITA in Altenholz or the many Turkish-German kindergartens in Berlin. Berlin´s bilingual kindegartens include:

Berlin Kids
Wichertstr. 24, 10439 Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg | S+U Schönhauser Allee | Berlin Kids also organise a bilingual playgroup which meets irregularly at the school | An informational meeting is offered on the first Monday of each month at 3pm at the nursery school. Interested parents are invited to attend.

Berlin Kids - International Kindergarten is a bilingual parents nursery school, the first and only one of its kind serving Berlin's north-eastern districts, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Freidrichshain, Wedding, Pankow & Tiergarten. It was founded in early 1999 out of a community need for an German-English nursery school facility, to save parents 1 hour trips to and from the schools in Steglitz and Zehlendorf. The philosophy behind the school is that children should develop their natural (bi)linguistic capacity in a playful and creative learning environment.

The school is run by the parents and supported by Pfefferwerk Community Organisation and the City of Berlin. It officially launched in March 2000 for children between walking age and 5 years. The current 30 places will be expanded to 75 places in January 2002. As of October 2001 all places are taken, but it is strongly advised that interested parents place their names on a waiting list, or even better, join the Parents Support Network to increase chances of receiving a place as older children leave to enter pre-school.

The Berlin Kids concept and charter have spawned the first French-German and Spanish-German Nursery Schools in the eastern half of the city. And Berlin Kids invites other groups to contact them for advice in setting up new bilingual nursery facilities.

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