About us

Welcome to the homepage of the “Kita Kleine Knöpfe” which belongs to the Studierendenwerk Freiburg.

We are an institution for 1 to 3 year olds and we have a capacity for 60 children of students with different care models. Central train station, university, university library and downtown can be reached by foot within a couple of minutes. Our institution is characterised by carefully furnished and child-orientated rooms, an extensive outside area as well as varying and freshly cooked meals.

The team is comprised of professionals with different pedagogical training and competences, who are motivated by a successful individual upbringing with you and your child. The professionals are being supported by pre-school teachers in their probationary year and interns as part of their voluntary year of social service.

We are happy you have found your way onto our website and would cherish an opportunity to meet you personally in our daycare Center.

DATES 2022

Holidays/ Closing Days:

Pfingsten: Mo, 06.06.2022 - Fr, 10.06.2022
Summer: Mo, 15.08.2022 - Mo, 05.09.2022
Christmas: 24.12.2022 - 06.01.2023

MENU: the weekly menue can be downloaded on the righthand side here on this website

Our concept is referring to the latest plan of orientation devised by the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

1. Approach towards the Child

We approach every child with appreciation and empathy, respect each child’s individuality        and will support it at its own pace. Through a repetitive and comprehensible daily rhythm we are ensuring structure and assurance. Appropriate to the child’s ages, it also has the chance to participate in the daily routine.

2. Settling in and attachment figure system

The settling in period is defined as the time in which the child, its parents and the attachment figure get to know each other. The attachment figure is a professional, who is responsible for ensuring the child’s wellbeing in the daycare center as well as the cooperation with its parents. The settling in period’s goal is to form a trustful and stable bond with each other. Once the foundation has been created, the child can open up to its environment and approach other children of the group and other adults at the daycare center.

3. Observation, documentation and portfolio

In order to adequately and individually accompany the child we regularly observe and document every child’s development. The portfolio is a folder, which is created for each child with the goal of documenting the child’s interests and learning process through photographs and texts. Furthermore, it can be used as the basis for parent-teacher meetings and contributes to keeping our pedagogical work transparent.

4. Care

Care tasks are a fundamental part of our pedagogical work. We are guided by Emmi Pikler’s principle: the relationship oriented care. It is defined by mindfulness and appreciation towards the child and its needs. Care tasks exceed pure hygiene as they contribute to our relationship work and create a trustful and secure atmosphere.

5. Nutrition

A balanced and diverse diet is essential for ensuring the child’s healthy development. Therefore, we are mindful of providing regional and seasonal foods which are prepared freshly on a daily basis.

Eating together as a group improves the child’s group affiliation confidence as those situations encourage both imitation and learning from each other. 

6. Sleep

Sleep is one of every child’s fundamental needs. Therefore, we are ensuring a balance between the children’s play and rest periods, which are integrated through fixed sleeping periods in our daily routines. The transition into falling asleep is accompanied in a quiet and gentle manner and children are supervised by at least one professional during the sleeping period.

7. Rooms and playing areas

Children spend the majority of their time playing by imitating every day experiences and processing them. Our premises are designed age-appropriate and encourage the creation of further experiences. Additionally, our garden provides the opportunity to experience nature and to create a awareness towards it.

8. Inclusion

All children at our daycare center are accompanied and supported in regard to their personal needs. We recognise our work as the individual development of each child. If required we also cooperate with special educational support institutions in order to accommodate children with special educational needs.     

The day care center is open Monday thru Friday with the exception of legal holidays and its closing times. The opening and closing hours are determined by the center’s management. They are determined for a one year period of time and published in advance. If the center has to be closed for a special reason, such as construction work, the center will inform parents in advance.

Care times:
Morning groups: Mon - Fri 7:30 - 12:45 
Afternoon groups: Mon - Fri 13:00 - 18:15 
Full day group: Mo - Fr 8:30 - 17:00

Costs: please check "Fees" here on the righthandside of this page.

Admission criteria
The daycare centres accept children from one year of age.
Children with and without disabilities are looked after together as far as possible. The different needs of both disabled and non-disabled children are taken into account.

Places are allocated according to the following criteria:

1. Children of single parents who are studying or in training and children of parents who are both studying or in training
2. Children of parents withone parent who is studying or training and the other parent is employed.
3. Children of single parents in employment.
4. Children of working parents.

Registration procedure
The day-care places of the Studierendenwerk are extremely popular. Therefore, you might have to wait a certain amount of time between registration and admission to the Kita.

Registration for day care: The city of Freiburg has introduced a central reservation procedure for places in Freiburg day care centres. This also applies to the day care centres of the Studierendenwerk. Interested parents can use this procedure to reserve a place for their child in our day care centres. The preregistration of the child is done via an online form, see right here on the page.

Please indicate your preferred day care centre as the first priority.

The registration of a child is possible from birth.
After the online registration, an appointment is first made by telephone for a personal information meeting with the management of the day care centre.
This will give you the opportunity to get to know the premises of the institution and to find out about the daily routine in the groups, settling in, etc.
Afterwards, the additional written registration at the Kita is made using a provided form.
When the completed form is submitted, the child is placed on the waiting list. Exceptions to this order may be necessary under certain circumstances.

The certificate of enrolment is enclosed with the registration form. If a certificate is not yet available, it must be submitted as soon as possible, at the latest when the child is admitted.


The lack of crèche places leads to parents taking the initiative and founding the crèche in the Werderring with the support of the Studentenwerk Freiburg.

The Studentenwerk Freiburg takes over the sponsorship of the crèche.

The crèche is to move to another building. However, this building is occupied by parents of the autonomous kindergarten.

Construction begins on the new crèche in Glacisweg.

The student union's Glacisweg crèche opened.

Our outdoor area is enlarged.

We work as a team on our educational concept.

Our garden is redesigned with the active support of the parents.

We change our name: The "Glacisweg crèche" becomes "Little Buttons Daycare Centre".

Recognition year:
We currently have one free recognition internships for professional interns in the year of recognition for child care or educator training from September 2022.
In addition to your school tasks, you will be part of the team as an almost fully trained specialist and will take part in team meetings and supervision. You will be supervised by a specialist with many years of professional experience and thus have the ideal prerequisite to complete an interesting and instructive recognition year with us.

For our afternoon group we are looking for an educator / pedagogical specialist (m/f/d) as soon as possible. We are looking forward to a new colleague!

Voluntary social year:
From now on and for each new Kita year we are looking for open-minded people who would like to do a voluntary social year.
You should be respectful and loving when dealing with small children and not be afraid of domestic tasks. We offer an instructive year with competent guidance. Many of our FSJ trainees have started a social training or social studies after their year with us.