Many paths only reveal themselves as you walk - said Franz Kafka, a German writer at the beginning of the 20th century. For the last three years, Biberbau has grown considerably - many new locations, new pedagogues and, of course, many new parents and children. To accommodate this growth, pedagogical teams and operational teams work closely together.
The Pedagogical Center - A five-member team with different focal points
The core - Conception and therapeutic education
The pedagogical center unites the areas of conception and therapeutic pedagogy under its umbrella as its core activities. For this purpose, the team creates concepts, standards, observation sheets, general and individual therapy plans and much more. The documents serve as guidelines for all colleagues in the locations, but also often for the parents as a basis for a good educational partnership with the pedagogues. "Montessori pedagogy and Pikler pedagogy are basically 100 years old, so you might think that everything has already been said" explains Jasmin as our pedagogue responsible for the concept. Nevertheless, the need for new documentation is huge. "In 2022 alone, we have written countless framework concepts." explains Annabelle, who qualitatively checks all concepts and determines the needs continuously.
The Biberbau Academy teaches all the content for implementation in reality.
"However, the best concept is only paper if it is not lived", correctly say site managers at Biberbau over and over. That's why the Biberbau has its own academy with many online and live training courses. All the educational content of the Biberbau is explained at different levels, from beginner courses to advanced training. To ensure that all this is not just theory, there are also many supervision and coaching sessions with Alina and Elisabeth on site, where, for example, difficult discussions with parents can be practiced and we can reflect on how each teacher can improve their personal work.
Many employees automatically have many topics
In the meantime, the Biberbau has about 45 employees in its locations. Numerous topics come up frequently, which are accompanied by the pedagogical center. Recognition issues, staff appraisals, further training, career changes that involve more tasks and areas of responsibility. "In order to support everyone in this and to show the ways to do so, the pedagogical center offers varied appointments, documents and training courses," explains Elisabeth. Important partners here are also Victoria, the head of our operations team, and Nele, our human resources manager.
Educational partnership and good parents' evenings are no coincidence
A kindergarten also has the task of working closely with parents - part of the educational partnership is a good parents' evening and a well-prepared parents' meeting. "But just as important are parent surveys, parent folders, parent intranet, parent newsletters and much more," explains Alina. As the person responsible for parent counseling, she advises site managers, group managers and offers all documents and many templates to enable successful and professional parent work.
Recruiting is the central topic for us in 2023 at Biberbau
However, the pedagogical team continues to grow - by the end of 2023, a good 25 staff members will be added. Even though Biberbau enjoys such great popularity and always finds new colleagues, it is a never-ending task to advertise new positions, to publish them, to advertise on the internet and on all social media channels. But the work is not done yet, because we still have to do interviews, job shadowing and, last but not least, contract negotiations before we hire someone. In this area, parts of the pedagogical head office work closely with colleagues from the operations office with the two managing heads. "Recruiting is the central issue for us in 2023 at Biberbau." Says the head of management. "That's why administration and educators work most closely together on this topic." explains Nele, our HR manager.
A good decision
"Many heads of management do not allow themselves the luxury of a pedagogical head office and separate administration. The work is done by the site managers and the educators in the groups. But since the children always have priority, this area often falls by the wayside or is done in hundreds of hours of overtime," say the head of management. Biberbau therefore decided on this way of working many years ago and has been proved right.