Leipzig International School: Hort

Our after-school care is the supplementary educational and leisure programme of the LIS primary school, which offers children opportunities for learning and playing beyond the regular school day. In the after-school care centre we also try to educate the children to become little citizens of the world through games, daily encounters and common interactions (true to the school’s motto: Learning to be a cititen of the world).

Learning in the after-school care centre takes place spontaneously and naturally as well as clearly structured and concentrates on the application and development of social and emotional competences. In an open learning environment that promotes children’s independence, trust and initiative, emphasis is placed on interaction between the child and the adult. The conceptual background of our work is based on the International Primary Curriculum and the Saxon educational plan for children in kindergarten, preschool and after-school care. The children in the nursery are led by a team of experts consisting of educators, pedagogues and social workers. Our after-school educators encourage the children to put their own ideas and thoughts into practice by learning to express themselves in mental, physical and creative processes. The pedagogical team adapts the learning environment, projects and programs to best meet the interests and needs of the children.

In the after-school care, the safety needs of the children are harmonized with the individual learning processes. Students are encouraged to evaluate their everyday situations, assess risks, develop strategies, make decisions and reflect with educators. This dialectical approach enables children to take responsibility for themselves and others.

The after-school educators not only guide the children and structure their “educational world”, but also try to present the learning progress of the children with posters and exhibitions in the after-school building. Parents are encouraged to explore the nursery building, read the bulletin boards and information boards, and also to join their children in free play and projects. The after-school educators are supported in their work by volunteers (FSJlern*) and Educator Assistants(EAs). FSJ volunteers join the team every year in August and usually work for us for a full year. Our FSJers are young people who have recently graduated from school and are interested in gaining experience in professional work with children before continuing with their education or studies. The EAs in turn focus on safety during the afternoon care and are responsible for the control of entrances and exits: lion gate, upper hallway, sign-out desk etc. The EAs are also responsible for the safety of the children during the afternoon care. The focus of the EAs on safety in the after-school care allows the teachers to focus their attention directly on the contact with the children and their families.

* FSJ = Voluntary Social Year

The three main care offers of our hoard program are before school, after school and during school holidays:

Early morning (before classes)

Our morning shelter takes place every day from 7:00. The after-school care team welcomes the children and supervises the play times outside in the schoolyard during this time. In the rare cases when the weather doesn’t allow us to play outside, we have breakfast in the school building in the after-school rooms.

Afternoon care (after class)

The day care begins every day directly after the lessons and ends at 17:00 o’clock.

The afternoon care centre has an open concept in which the teachers offer six different learning areas where the children can choose how, where and with whom they want to play. The six subject areas are: Being outdoors, being creative, building/working, playing/crafting, being active and finding peace.

Activities & Offers after lessons

The afternoon after-school care centre also offers a wide range of after-school activities, both temporary and offered by LIS teachers and external teachers. These courses give children the opportunity to try new things and broaden their horizons. Information on the current offers can be found on the parents’ portal at the beginning of each new term, so that pupils can register in advance. The courses normally run for one trimester and are open again for new registrations in the next trimester.

Hort collection authorisations

All students who are not picked up directly after school are registered electronically by their class teachers in the care centre. They then visit the after-school care centre and the afternoon programme until they are collected or deregistered at the “Sign-out Desk” on the lower floor of the care centre building.

The “Sign-out Desk” is connected to the school database and is updated with all student information from the parent portal. Parents must enter all relevant pick-up permits or important information concerning their child on the portal. However, the class teacher or a Hort-Erzieher should be informed in the morning in handwritten form of a unique collection permission. Otherwise all other permissions must follow via the parent portal so that they can be transmitted to the care team.

Holiday resort (all-day holiday programme)

During the school holidays, our primary school children are offered holiday care from 07.00 to 17.00 hours for all-day educational and leisure programmes. Our pre-school children (EY3 children), who change from Leipzig International Kindergarten to our primary school, can attend the summer holiday resort (before their start of school) as a good transition before the start of the 1st class.

Parents are requested to register their children in advance for the holiday resort. There are additional costs for our holiday resort.

In addition, our school closes completely every summer for two weeks (usually in the first and second week of August). During this time there is no holiday resort. The closing times are indicated in the school calendar (on our website).

Our programme beyond the after-school care centre

In order to promote a seamless transition during the day and to establish a stronger teacher-child relationship, the Hort-Erzieher also work in class or are assigned to the individual classes. The Hort-Erzieher support the pupils in several lessons per week and thus have the opportunity to get to know and support the children in class. The educators get even more insights and get better knowledge about each child and its abilities, which they can then transfer into the nursery environment.

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