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WHICH SETTLING IN MODELS ARE THERE?

TRANSITION TO A NEW BONDING PERSON OF ANOTHER CULTURE OR LANGUAGE AT KINDERGARTEN

Each settling in is handled differently in each institution. Across Europe, there are various methods and models for settling children into kindergarten. In Germany alone, there are different concepts that can be used for orientation. The most commonly used are the Berlin model and the Munich model. Practical experience shows that different models of settling in can work. Nevertheless, there are consistent aspects of successful settling in.

Which special challenges are there when settling in a group of children with different cultural and linguistic backgrounds?

A so-called culture shock is a shock-like emotional state that people can fall into when they encounter a foreign culture. For the first time in a child's life, entering a nursery often complements family upbringing and opens up new opportunities for the children beyond the family environment. In kindergarten, many children and parents have for the first time intensive contact with other value systems, languages and parenting styles.

Problems of communication, language barriers, different approaches and ideas in dealing with the child are the order of the day with international acclimatization. Dealing with cultural and linguistic differences must be taken into account in the adaptation process in particular, in order to give the children and their families a pleasant start in the kindergarten and to prevent or avoid a possible cultural shock.