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Adult vaccination coercement in kindergarten: a policy without evidence and without logic

A "vaccination summit" hosted today by chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to take a decision on how to proceed with vaccinations for children of school and kindergarten age. Merkel had already warned in April against "running the the system with…

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Presse

Joined press release: Cologne daycare providers speak up against compulsary COVID-19 vaccinations for children in Kindergartens

A "vaccination summit" hosted today by chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to take a decision on how to proceed with vaccinations for children of school and kindergarten age. Merkel had already warned in April against "running the the system with…

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Infektionsschutzgesetz

Kita closures: German government justifies restriction of children´s rights based on fake news

„Oops, they did it again.” Despite political promises to the contrary, last month kindergartens in large parts of the country had to close their doors again to the general public. Only emergency groups had been allowed and hundreds of thousands of…

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Gemeinsam aus der Krise lernen

Learning together from the crisis: Strengthen children’s rights and initiate a return to normality

The first year of the "Corona crisis" has been a year of uncertainty. We witnessed a crisis in which we had to learn to make decisions based on insufficient information. A year in which we were forced to take position without always knowing exactly…

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Handlungskompetenzen

Children’s action competencies in times of the pandemic

Children are social actors who even in times of the pandemic are able to influence their environment and also assume their role responsibly. They have their own decision-making and action competencies (children's agency). A German-Israeli research…

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Angst vor Corona

What the fear of Corona is doing to the souls of our children

Throughout the previous year, we have been able to observe that the handling of the actual or feared dangers of COVID19 worldwide is essentially based on fear. This applies equally to children, parents and employees in kindergartens. Now, for the…

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Turnraum

During the carneval weekend we open our gymrooms for our children and their families

Are you running out of ideas to entertain your children during the lockdown and have nowhere to go? Are you dreading the long weekend with no events to keep your children active? If this is you - our family centers are here to support you and your…

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Corona here and there – US reporter interviews the rainbowtrekkers in Lindenthal

A few weeks ago, our daycare center in Cologne-Lindenthal received a visit from St. Louis Public Radio. Reporter Ryan Delaney investigated the question of why schools and daycare centers were closed in the USA and open in Germany. Read and listen to…

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Faces

Faces of rainbowtrekkers: Haley Passmore on how quarantine and home office look like for our team members

Under the heading "Faces of rainbowtrekkers" we are happy to introduce you to our pedagogical staff members. This time we meet Haley Passmore from rainbowtrekkers Widdersdorf. The interview has been led by our HR officer Elena Kempe.

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Öffnungszeiten

Who turned the clock: Extended opening hours for early birds

Who turned the clock? We did! Starting next Monday, November 2nd, 2020, our kindergartens in Cologne Lindenthal, Junkersdorf and Widdersdorf will serve you for half an hour longer every day. From next week onwards, our gates will open every day at…

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Kita Catering

Peeping into pots and pans: The yearly quality and hygiene audit at our caterer

As part of our quality management, we audit our caterer Grüne Zwerg and peep into his pots and pans and storage. This year, our kitchen visit took place shortly after the end of the summer vacation. The owner, Mr. Kussauer, took us through his…

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Faces

Faces of rainbowtrekkers: Ashley Detray – Georgia on my mind and children in my heart

Under the headline "Faces of rainbowtrekkers" we sporadically introduce you to different members of our educational teams. Today, please meet Ashley DeTray from our kindergarten in Junkersdorf. Our principal, Silke Blietschau, spoke to the native…

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Kinderschutz

Document of the month: Using strength instead of power – rainbowtrekkers’ new child protection act

Constellations endangering the welfare of children may arise in family settings and in kindergartens alike. In order to provide our employees with specialist knowledge and competence to act in such situations, we at rainbowtrekkers have put down in…

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Familienzentrum

Extending our services: Our new family centers as a way to community building

All three of rainbowtrekkers’ kindergartens are to be expanded into family centers throughout the coming year. In addition to our regular caregiving services, we want to gradually build up an additional free-of-charge program, which is intended to…

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Dokument

Document of the month: rainbowtrekkers’ first annual accountability report

Being member of the German "Transparent Civil Society Initiative", this month, for the first time, rainbowtrekkers published an accountability report for the past kindergarten year.

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Transparent

The transparent kindergarten: On social accountability in the non-profit sector

The rainbowtrekkers have joined the ranks of the "Initiative for a Transparent Civil Society" (ITZ) . The German Central Institute for Social Issues has confirmed to us this week on behalf of Transparency International that the rainbowtrekkers meet…

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Zertifiziert

On road to qualified caregiving services: New Head of Department of Pedagogy and Quality

I am happy to welcome our new colleague Tobias Teppe. Mr.Teppe has assumed responsibility for the areas of quality and pedagogical supervision at administration level since this month.

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Workshop

Brunch and Workshop: Kita Performance Management from a parental perspective

As a childcare service provider that essentially lives from public funds and direct parental contributions, we feel obliged to be accountable and to achieve the best possible childhood education service. Questions of performance management and the…

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Coronakrise

Financial impact of the corona crisis on the kindergarten

The corona crisis affects the rainbowtrekkers organization financially, also. The good news is: We will be able to suspend the collection of food money until further notice. However, when it comes to the monthly basic fees, we rely on the solidarity…

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Digitalisierung

What are our educators actually doing since kitas have closed?

Your child might already have asked himself: What do our educators actually do when the kindergarten is closed and when they are not online at the video chat?

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Kita Virtuell

Mainting community and routines: Virtual morning circle to support children and families

Since the outbreak of the corona crisis, the ban on entering daycare centers has turned the everyday life of families in Cologne upside down. Since the beginning of daycare closings, rainbowtrekkers has tried to support their children and families…

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Virtuelle Morgenkreise

Support in times of crisis: Daily morning circles scheduled to go online within the next few days

An uncertain time of privation lies ahead of us. We hope and pray for all rainbowtrekkers, for Cologne and the world, that the epidemic and its accompanying social circumstances may spare us and cause as little damage as possible. However, it is…

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Innovation

Joining the club: For more innovation and quality in daycare centers

In addition to churches, municipalities and Germany’s main NGO’s in the welfare sector, it is above all the independent, non-profit organizations that enrich childcare in Cologne. Many of the new suppliers of childcare services that have emerged in…

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Human Resources

Digitalization to counteract skilled labor shortage – HR with new face and technology

We welcome Ms. Elena Kempe to our management team, a substitute for Ms. Leonie Schaffrinna who is currently on maternity leave. Ms. Kempe will be a part of the HR team at rainbowtrekkers until the end of this year. Ms. Kempe is a trained HR…

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Agiles Arbeiten

Meaningful Kitas: Symposium by Rainbowtrekkers on meaningful and agile work in daycare centers

Agile leadership is being discussed in many business enterprises for years. Employees at all hierarchical levels are fed up with professional growth for its own sake. More and more people are looking for a meaningful job. Even in the field of…

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Betreungsnotfallplan

Prepare a backup plan in the event of kindergarten closure

With regard to the corona virus, kindergartens face a double responsibility. First of all, we have to protect our own employees, children and their families. On the other hand, employees and parents also have a social responsibility because of the…

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Hygiene

Stop the viruses: No entry to the kindergarten without washing your hands

Please note that until further notice you can only enter our kindergartens if you wash your hands and your children’s hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds immediately after entering.

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disinfectants

Supply shortage of hand disinfectants and behavioural guidelines in times of corona

Due to current developments, we are facing a problem with the supply of hand disinfectants in our kindergartens. At the moment our storage rooms are still full, but when we wanted to order new stocks on Friday, none of our major suppliers were able…

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Number of the month

Number of the month 2,5

2,5 hours per week is the time that full-time members of our pedagogical teams have to prepare for their lessons and for meetings. Such proper conditions are unfortunately unusual for the kindergarten sector because - despite public protests - only…

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Measles Protection Act: Get a shot, if necessary

On November 14, 2019, the German Bundestag passed the Measles Protection Act, thereby establishing mandatory vaccination protection for all children from the age of one upon entering school or kindergarten. The same applies to educators and staff…

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Dokument

Document of the month: Framework concept to set standards

In compliance with the new Child and Youth Education Act of the state of North Rhine Westphalia, rainbowtrekkers has revised and updated its written pedagogical concepts for its different kindergartens. The German versions are already available for…

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Money-matters

Money matters: Implementing a new pay scale for our pedagogical staff in 2020

In the summer of 2020, rainbowtrekkers will for the first time be able to offer a summer vacation program for all children staying at home during the kindergarten break. The Rainbowtrekkers Summer Camp for children of all our kindergartens will take…

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Summer Camp

In the forests: The new rainbowtrekkers summer camp 2020 for those who stay back home

In the summer of 2020, rainbowtrekkers will for the first time be able to offer a summer vacation program for all children staying at home during the kindergarten break. The Rainbowtrekkers Summer Camp for children of all our kindergartens will take…

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Number of the month

The rainbowtrekkers number of the month 1,5

1,5 hours is the average time span between our caterer Bernie Kussauer and his team finishing to cook at the "Grüne Zwerg" kitchen location in Cologne's Südstadt and our educators serving Bernie's hot meals at lunch time in our kindergartens.

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Faces

Faces of rainbowtrekkers: Laura Allan – from the county of Perthshire to the fields of Widdersdorf

The same way the rainbow is made of many different colors so is the team of rainbowtrekkers. A recent count has shown that the approximately 50 employees of our kindergartens come from at least 12 different countries. We would henceforth like to use…

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Umfrage

Take part in surveys and support rainbowtrekkers in making better decisions

Regular staff and parent surveys are part of our ongoing efforts to manage pedagogical quality at rainbowtrekkers. The last parent survey has been conducted around the summer holiday. The results have gone into internal evaluation. Due to the fact…

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Dokument

Document of the month: What it needs to be a good kindergarten leader

Educators in the early childhood sector usually enter this profession with a profound love of children. They have their experience and key skills for example, patience, organization and flexibility to name a few. Many can communicate effectively…

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agiles Arbeiten

Towards more agility in the social sector: Rainbowtrekkers’ goals past, present and future

During the last couple of years we have successfully developed rainbowtrekkers into an organization characterized by a cooperative leadership style on a management level. As founder and CEO, I for sure still reserve a veto right for myself with…

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Laternen

With banners, horses and bagpipes: Traditional Saint Martin’s parades at our kindergartens

As in prevous years, this month Saint Martin visited all of our institutions. On Thursday the 7th of November the traditional lantern parade started at 5 p.m. at the Kindergarten in Widdersdorf. Riding on his horse, Saint Martin led 80 parents,…

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vorlesen

Books on sport and movement: Vorlesetag great success also thanks to parent volunteers

Over the past few weeks the team of our Widdersdorf branch has been working on the project theme of “books”. This project worked alongside the Bundesweite Vorlesetag which took place on Friday the 15th of November. Sam, Sandra and their colleagues…

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umgestaltung

April showers bring forth May flowers: Reshaping rooms in Junkersdorf

After an inspiring period of change last spring, children and team at our center in Junkersdorf had a fresh start into the new kindergarten year under the guidance of our new principal Silke Biedermann. As the result of a moderated team process we…

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Number of the month

Number of the month 14

14 days is the length of quarantine in case you have been in touch with a person diagnosed with the corona virus or have come back to Cologne from one of the following countries: Mainland China, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea,…

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Dinner

Fundraising Dinner: Sign up till Friday this week

Our first fundraising dinner will take place on Wednesday, 4th of July 2018. The deadline for the registration is on Friday this week (25.08.18). If you wish to participate, please fill out the registration form by Friday.

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Save The Date

Eat, Drink & Be Giving: Save the date of our 1st Fundraising Dinner

Please already save the date of our first rainbowtrekkers Fundraising Dinner which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 4th July 2018, at Kammeroper Köln.

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Deutscher Kitaverband
Förderverein Frühe Bildung in der Kita
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