Almost like being at home

Eve madlen loffler (8), katharina graf (8), xenia popp (8) and liv seidel (9) sit very still. They do homework. They are fully concentrated, nobody talks. "Everyone does their homework alone, explains eve loffler. "No, we do not write off", liv seidel affirms. "Hey, I don’t know how to do this. What do I have to do?", asks xenia popp, holding up her math book. The other three quickly help. They explain, but xenia has to solve the tasks herself.
Although the new after-school care center in mainleus has only been open for a few days, the children who come here in the afternoons after school already feel really at home. "The after-school care center sees itself as a family-supporting and -complementary offer with the mission of education, training and care of schoolchildren", says michael seck, director of the center for children and families. "We accompany the children entrusted to us into independence, see ourselves as companions in their development. We include all areas of competence and support the child in active, self-determined action", seck formulates the requirement.
In practice, this means that the children – directly after school – simply go up a flight of stairs and thus enter the "catholic" school after-school care. Currently, 30 boys and girls between the ages of six and 13 are enrolled, and there is room for 40 children.

Coarse kitchen the heart

"By expanding the after-school care center and increasing the number of places from 25 to 40, we have achieved a coverage of needs of almost one hundred percent in mainleus", says seck and is very satisfied with the rough remodeling work. Heart of the new nursery is a rough cake. After school, meals are served here – at 1 p.M. Sharp. Naturally, the children eat together in the common room. "For us, it’s not just about taking in food, but about a fixed ritual that aims at communication and deepening social aspects as well as table culture", so seck.
And once a week – every friday – the kids cook for themselves. "We also prepare food for a healthy break in the afternoon", explains after-school care director nina schorsch and emphasizes that the coarse family cakes were the model for the conception of the after-school care center. "Just as life takes place in the kitchen for families at home, it is the same for us," says, she says.

Plenty of room to play

The daycare center on the top floor of the mainleus town hall is open daily from 11 a.M. To 5 p.M. The children have room to really feel at home in 280 square meters of space. There is an intensive room that offers the opportunity to withdraw and carry out projects. In addition, the after-school care center has several homework rooms. "They are deliberately kept small. The children should be able to learn in peace", according to amelie heller.
Ronny schweitzer (9) is already finished with homework. He is the first to rush into the lego and building corner. But he does not stay alone for long. Tim winkler (8) and laila zeller (8) also soon joined the group. "Look, I’ve built a hollow", attracts romeo wagner. The seven-year-old has covered chairs with a blanket and enjoys his very own personal retreat.

Official opening planned

Mayor robert bosch (CSU) is pleased that the after-school care center is "almost complete" is finished and that the children already feel so well. "It was important to us to deliberately offer more space than we actually need. The space simply allows it," explains, so bosch.
"Now we just have to do some fine tuning. Then there will also be an official inauguration with dean hans roppelt", according to bosch.
However, the expansion of the upper floor of the town hall is not the last remodeling project in the field of after-school care. The market town of mainleus has already recognized the need for an additional 15 after-school care places, which are to be provided by the protestant kindergarten. "This hoard is still to be built. The parents then have a right to vote", says bosch.

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