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.

We are looking for FSJler who want to do a voluntary social year with us starting September 2020.

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


Sat, 12.10.2019, 10:00 - 13:00 Uhr: Garden Day
Tue, 15.10.2019, 20:00 - 21:30 Uhr:  Elternabend "Lila Knöpfe"
Wed, 16.10.2019, 20:00 - 21:30 Uhr:  Elternabend "Gelbe Knöpfe", "Rote Knöpfe" und "Türkise Knöpfe"
Wed, 23.10.2019, 20:00 - 21:30 Uhr: Elternabend "Grüne Knöpfe" und "Blaue Knöpfe"

Tue, 17.03.2020, 20:00 - 21:30 Uhr: Elternabend "Türkise Knöpfe" und "Grüne Knöpfe"
Tue, 24.03.2020, 20:00 - 21:30 Uhr: Elternabend "Blaue Knöpfe" und "Gelbe Knöpfe"
Wed, 25.03.2020, 20:00 - 21:30 Uhr: Elternabend "Lila Knöpfe" und "Rote Knöpfe"

Sat, 09.05.2020, 10:00 - 14:00 Uhr: Gartentag

Sat, 10.07.2020, 10:00 - 14:00 Uhr: Sommerfest

Holidays/ Closing Days:
Christmas: Mon, 23.12.2019 - Fri, 03.01.2020
Rosenmontag: 24.02.2020 (Cleaning Day, Crèche closed)
Easter: Tue, 14.04.2020 - Fri, 17.04.2020
June: Fri, 12.06.2020
Summer: Mon, 03.08.2020 - Fri, 21.08.2020
Mon, 24.08.2020 (Cleaning Day, Crèche closed)
Christmas: Mon, 24.12.2020 - 06.01.2021

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.

Please see photos of our groups here on the righthandside of this page

All-day Groups

Care times:
Mon – Thu  8:30 am – 5:00 pm (placement in a group from 7:45am, if required)            
Fri          7:45 am – 4:00 pm 

Daily Routine:
07:45 - 08:15 bring time for the early group/ play time
08:30 - 09:45 flexible bring time
08:30 - 10:15 fruit snack/ activities/ play time
10:30 - 11:00 lunch
11:00 - 12:00 early pick-up time/ nappy change
12:00 - 14:30 afternoon nap
13:15 - 14:45 second pick-up time
15:00 - 15:30 snack
15:30 - 17:00 third pick-up time/ activities/ play time

Morning Groups

Care times:
Mon – Fri  7:45 am – 1:00 pm

Daily Routine:
07:45 - 09:45 flexible bring time
07:45 - 10:15 fruit snack/ activities/ play time
10:30 - 11:00 lunch
11:00 - 12:00 nappy change
11:30 - 13:00 pick-up time/ activities/ play time

Afternoon Groups

Care times:
Mon – Fri  12:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Daily Routine:
12:45 - 13:00 bring time for kids having an afternoon nap
12:45 - 14:45 flexible bring time (without afternoon nap)
13:00 - 14:45 activities / play time
15:00 - 15:30 afternoon snack
15:30 - 16:15 nappy change/ play time
15:30 - 17:00 activities/ play time/ pick-up time
17:00 - 17:15 fruit snack
17:15 - 18:00 pick-up time/ play time

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

Please see the Fotos on the german website