In the following, we would like to introduce you to our facility and pedagogical concept. If you have any questions, please contact us by email or telephone. If you want to register your child, please find more information here. We look forward to hearing from you.
Our Kindergarten is located in the Neuenheim area in Heidelberg. It is a beautiful and quiet neighbourhood surrounded by many gardens and family homes. The red color of our building and the children’s voices coming from inside is how you notice our building first. The two bottom floors are used for the Kindergarten and Nursery and have been renovated in Spring 2020. There is plenty of room for running and playing outside in our spacious garden.
The family-like atmosphere you will find at MIS Heidelberg, is a main factor why children and their families almost immediately feel like having a second home.
We are rooted in and connected with our local area. In the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, MIS offers a total of four educational locations (Mannheim, Viernheim, Birkenau, and Heidelberg) for different age groups. Our nursery and kindergarten in Heidelberg look after children from about 10 months old until they start primary school (6 years old).
We are internationally oriented and embrace a cosmopolitan outlook. Children and families of many nationalities find a second home in our Heidelberg daycare facility, a confluence of 20 languages, diversity, and interculturality. The bilingual educational concept is at the heart of our day care. From nursery age up to pre-school, children will learn in German and English - the two predominant languages in our daily life and activities.
We are - a school? No, but why is our nursery / kindergarten called "School"? This is due to our commitment and vision in offering learning opportunities with a broad range of knowledge to even the youngest children in an age-appropriate, fun, and enjoyable. At our day care, children are presented daily with opportunities and activities that promote independent and guided learning.
The education and orientation plan of Baden-Württemberg (“Bildungs- und Orientierungsplan”) is the foundation of our pedagogical contents. We constantly make sure that our teaching and learning activities comprehensively promote all developmental aspects described in the education and orientation plan in a holistic way - with head, heart, and motor skills.
The second pillar of our educational concept is the "Cambridge International Education Curriculum", which is a measuring standard for international education. This means that in addition to the developmental aspects addressed by the education and orientation plan, children from the age of five are to learn the alphabet and numbers with playful activities. Children from the pre-school age (5-6 years old) at MIS also start reading and writing in English. Such approach enables children of international families to adapt to international educational standards and cultivate their thirst for knowledge.
The understanding and viewing of early development as a unity of perception, action, feeling, and thinking render our school unique. Our core philosophy is to support children in the process of becoming increasingly independent, learning to say, "I can do this on my own", and enjoying the freedom of growing and experimenting. We are committed to empowering individual strengths of each child and assisting them in their own learning and development process.
Our children learn to find joy in learning and are highly motivated and confident. Having self-confidence is a prerequisite for an enriching and a prosperous lifelong learning.
In most multilingual families, languages are taught by active engagement in listening, talking, and interacting with parents or family members who speak more than one language. We strive to apply this concept to the everyday life at MIS, thanks to our immersion method and the "One-Person-One-Language" teaching.
Being exposed to and having an opportunity to learn foreign languages at an early age do not only expedite the language acquisition process but also allow young learners to speak with almost no accent. (Bunse/Hofschildt 2011) Answers to further questions on multilingualism at MIS can be found in our FAQ section.