Advantages of a parent initiative, crane nest

Very close to the child and the events

For those families who have not yet come into contact with a parent initiative, the obligation to cooperate can sometimes act as a deterrent. However, as parents of the crane nest, we can say that active participation in practice is not as stressful as it may seem at first glance. Many of us even really get involved in their tasks and find a lot of fun and appreciation. And the nice thing is: it always benefits our own children.

From our own experience, we would like to briefly list the three most important advantages:

Contribute – create freedom

Through our cooperation, we create freedom – for the upbringing and educational work of our educators as well as financially. Many of our tasks have to be carried out by the management, educators and other staff in many control centers. With the same or even worse personnel key. By relieving them of these activities, our educators have more time to work on the child. Since we are not financially equivalent to urban or other providers in many respects, we also save money by working with parents that we – at least partially – invest in our staff.

The tasks include:

  • Regular parenting services: cooking, washing and parenting.
  • Parent offices: Tasks that ensure the "functioning" of the association and the facility (e.g. caretaker, maintenance of the outside area, fundraising, meal planning, planning of parental emergency services).
  • Management of the sponsoring association as a board.

Codetermination – exercise influence

A discussion about parental decision-making has flared up in many daycare centers. The legislator has now reacted to this by e.g. strengthens the parents’ councils. This discussion is superfluous for us, because we parents have a decisive influence on all decisions and thus have a concrete influence on the well-being of our children.

  • six-weekly parents’ evenings: all issues relevant to the club are discussed and the majority decided.
  • Working groups: Development of decision templates for complex questions in small groups.
  • Member surveys: In some situations we conduct (anonymous) surveys in order to get a clearer picture of opinion.
  • Workshops: in the past, we formed working groups with equal numbers (parents, board members, educators) who worked on particularly important and complex topics for everyone in extensive workshops (e.g. organizational structure or development of mission statements).
  • General meetings: decision on particularly important matters (e.g. discharge / elections to the board of directors, increase in contributions, major investments).
  • we also communicate a lot: between door and rod, by email or bulletin board. The board, parents and educators always have an open ear with us. Opinion formation is also carried out here.

Participation – experience community

Everyone knows everyone in the crane nest. For example, all children know the names of all parents. Over time, it develops through proximity and through that common Work a community of parents, Children and Educators, often up to the private area extends. Another advantage: As parents, we are very close to our children thanks to the manageability and participation. The crane nest is not a “black box”, so that we can experience the development of our children very directly and concretely.

  • Manageability of the facility and group – everyone knows everyone.
  • There is a lot of solidarity among families / friendships.
  • Quick and direct contact with the educators / often immediate feedback


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Christina Cherry
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