At the TGW Kindergarten ("TGW Zwergennest"), our child care facility at our Marchtrenk location, our employees' children (from one year old to the beginning of school) are taken care of in nursery, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten groups. The focus is on individual growth and support – fully in line with our philosophy of "People in Focus – Learning and Growing".
In collaboration with the University of Education Upper Austria, we have developed a concept that integrates various approaches to early childhood education. The children are cared for by several different caregivers and teachers for each group. This childcare philosophy makes it possible to deal with each child according to their needs and stages of development – play as well as eating, drinking and sleeping.
The childcare philosophy is one that focuses on respectful and affective care, free play and autonomous development of movement – according to the three basic principles: delicacy of feeling, relationship-based teaching and an approach based on dialogue.
Treating the children with sensitivity is critical to us. Paying attention to their verbal and nonverbal signals enables us to respond to them quickly. Appreciating and accepting the child's point of view in this process is of central importance to us. This creates an atmosphere in which kids and adults – and the children amongst themselves – can interact warmly and show respect and appreciation.
Children receive support from the teachers in their activities and in building self-esteem. For this to succeed, the teachers must observe with appreciation, recognise what the children's needs are and respond appropriately. A secure relationship is the basis for the children's self-directed learning.
ATTITUDE OF DIALOGUE
The concept of the "TGW Zwergennest" is based on the image of the child a researcher and active agent in shaping their own identity. The task of adults is to have conversations with the children as equals, show appreciation for what they say and how they think and take them seriously. The collaboration with the parents is decisive, both in dialogue as partners and in everyday interaction.
The pedagogical concept incorporates various approaches to early childhood development. Everyday situations are seen as an opportunity for self-directed learning. Having three dedicated educational caregivers per group makes it possible to care for each child according to their needs and stages of development – play as well as eating, drinking and sleeping.
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The TGW Zwergennest company childcare facility won the first prize at Felix Familia Award 2020. The Upper Austrian family award presents companies that promote the reconciliation of work and family with their innovative ideas. Of the many companies who applied for this award, TGW won the jury over thanks to its company childcare facility, called the TGW Zwergennest, and many other family-friendly initiatives.
Building on the success of the state award, TGW also won the Austrian Staatspreis Familie & Beruf, a nationwide award for the outstanding quality of family-friendly programs and policies and dedication to bringing work and family into harmony.