Visit the Spielwelt German Parents Association for more great children’s programs in German in Canberra
Our two wonderful playschool classes
Monday & Tuesday immersion class: This immersion class is suitable for children with prior German knowledge. Our play-based educational program is taught in German, and English is rarely used by the teachers.
Thursday & Friday bilingual class: The bilingual class is suitable for children with all levels of German from beginner to fluent. English is sometimes interspersed with German by the head teacher; whereas the assistant teachers aim to speak only German* with the children. (Some years, there is quite a large proportion of children who understand German in this class so teachers adjust its pedagogy to align more closely with the immersion model.)
Enrol in one OR BOTH classes: To be eligible to enrol for all four days, children must be eligible for the Monday & Tuesday class, or be sufficiently advanced in the Thursday & Friday class.
Which class is right for my child? Please ask us. It is not a good idea to over-estimate your child’s German comprehension and enrol in the immersion class, as we find children can become bored and frustrated when they don’t understand.
Does my child need to be toilet trained? Yes. Children need to be out of nappies during the day in order to start at the GAP.
*While we recognise that language teaching is important, building secure and loving relationships with the children is paramount, so from time to time (particularly during the settling in period or if an English-speaking child is upset), teachers may switch to English.