The German Australian Playschool (the GAP)

The German Australian Playschool (the GAP) caters for children 3 to 5 years old. Children attend two days a week (and two to four days in 2025, hopefully).

The activities are run in German, by qualified German-speaking staff and volunteers.  We celebrate German, Austrian and Swiss culture at the GAP as well.

Our classes are suitable for children with all levels of German from beginner to fluent.

Our Playschool runs from 8:30am to 2:30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays each week (and we are taking interest for Thursdays and Fridays in 2025).

German Australian Playschool Philosophy

Children’s safety and wellbeing is at the centre of our thoughts, values and actions.  We believe that in order to thrive, children need to feel safe, valued and supported. It is therefore our aim to create a caring and nurturing environment in which all children will flourish and have fun whilst learning the German language.

Our priorities are: 1) the child; 2) the child’s friends and family; 3) the child’s environment and possessions.  You will see these priorities reflected in the children’s lessons and activities at Playschool, in our school philosophies and policies, and in the way our staff interact with the children.

We are sun-smart, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, healthy-habits school, where children enjoy their activities and experience joy in learning.

Our vision

Our vision is to a) introduce children to the joy of learning; and b) to help children develop their German language skills, by providing a supportive, fun and positive German educational environment.

The Playschool aims to foster the holistic development of each child through active learning and positive interactions.

We will work with families by providing opportunities for participation in the Playschool programs, operation and planning.

Information about the development of the children are regularly exchanged with families.

Our program embraces the multicultural nature of our Playschool community and incorporates and celebrates diversity amongst the children, their peers, communities and families.

We are operating on the base of our Playschool Policies and Procedures Manual (PPPM) which is based on the Childcare Standards and regulates many, if not all aspects of our operations.

The German Australian Playschool is a program of the Spielwelt German Parents Association Inc  [ABN 22 794 868 994], a not for profit organisation running children’s programs in German in Canberra.