Concept insight

Guiding Principles


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"Nature will always return to us if we give it the chance. We can protect what still exists and recreate what has been lost. Imagine if you could change the world just a little.

I started by planting a seed."

Mary Rynolds

Nature is a place that can evoke strong emotions. A walk in the forest can calm me down, lower my heart rate, give me a sense of security and safety if I have had the "right" experiences, and can touch me if I allow the beauty of the animal and plant world to have an effect on me. Whenever people feel emotionally involved and affected, they begin to learn through dialog and play. Nature is an ideal world for learning and experiencing, far away from the hectic pace of everyday life and sensory overload.

Early childhood education is a holistic process in which many components play an important role. Children expand their perception and thinking strategies by observing, trying out and repeating. They use their senses, taste a raspberry picked in the garden, feel the slippery snail gliding along the edge of the puddle, feel the damp earth when planting and sowing, learn about the changing seasons and the elements of water, earth, air and fire. In this way, the children experience nature as an asset worth protecting and develop love, responsibility and appreciation for people, animals and plants.

Health and Food

At our facility, we promote children's holistic health by helping them to develop a healthy relationship with themselves, their bodies and their environment. We do this by promoting their self-efficacy and participation, enabling them to make independent decisions and actively participate in everyday life. The children take responsibility and strengthen their social skills. We also attach great importance to promoting emotional regulation, which is integrated into our daily routines, such as the morning circle and saying goodbye to the forest. Here, the children have the opportunity to express their feelings, opinions and concerns in a respectful environment. Together with the children, we develop rules for these interactive processes.
Nutrition plays an important role in our concept and is linked to health promotion. We cook our own meals and use regional, organic ingredients, including from our own garden. We attach great importance to a balanced diet that meets the children's needs.

Play and Movement

At our kindergarten, the children have plenty of time for free play and creative expression in the forest in the morning and in the garden in the afternoon. We encourage them to make their own decisions and strengthen their self-determination. During free play, the children can take on different roles, explore together, build and actively explore nature. This promotes their social development, creativity and physical health.
In the afternoon, we also offer workshops led by our educational staff, where the children can develop their spirit of discovery and physical activity. The children are free to choose from these activities.

Education for sustainable Development

Our kindergarten provides children with a comprehensive understanding of sustainability in economic, ecological, social and cultural contexts. This is achieved through horticultural, manual and domestic tasks in which the children learn to act sustainably. They experience cycles and understand the complex connections between humans and nature, which strengthens their sense of responsibility in ecological and social terms.
We practice sustainability by converting green waste into valuable Terra Preta soil and working creatively with renewable raw materials. These experiences encourage the children's curiosity and help them to develop environmental awareness.
Our diet is also sustainable, with vegetarian dishes made from regional, organic produce, including our own harvest. At our NaturKita, the children not only learn about nature, but also about the importance of sustainable action for our world.

Natur and its Materials

In our kindergarten, we use the rich natural materials in the forest and garden for the children's free play and for nature education activities. We also provide the teachers with materials such as wool, ropes, hand drills and carving knives. This enables the children to experience nature in depth and promotes their connection to nature.
We value sustainable and prejudice-conscious toys as well as diverse books to encourage conversations about social diversity and promote respectful interaction.
To support the children's technical creativity, we offer a well-equipped workbench with tools. Here the children can experiment, develop manual skills and develop their individual creativity. This promotes their sensory experience, problem-solving skills, independence and the development of their individual creativity.

The salutogenetic approach is at the heart of our educational work at our nature kindergarten. The term "salutogenesis" is not only the name of our organization behind the kindergarten, but also a guiding principle that we follow. This means that we actively promote children's health and well-being, strengthen their individual resources and support them in a safe, respectful environment. Our specialist staff undergo regular training to ensure high-quality care. We are guided by various guidelines and laws, including the Child and Youth Welfare Act and UN Children's Conventions.