"Attention! Children's souls" - Löwenherz daycare centre takes part in sponsorship programme

Löwenherz daycare centre takes part in sponsorship programme

The morning handover at the daycare centre can be an emotionally and logistically challenging situation for many parents - after all, they are entrusting their most precious treasure to the daycare centre staff. This makes it all the more important to give mums and dads - and especially the child - a feeling of security and empathy from the very first day of settling in. The mental and physical health of the children is the top priority of the daily work in the municipal daycare centres.

The "Löwenherz" daycare centre in the Nordend district now wants to do even more justice to this claim by participating in the daycare sponsorship programme of the "Achtung! Kinderseele" foundation. This organisation is committed to the mental health of children and young people. Its work "is supported by the commitment of volunteer specialists in child and adolescent psychiatry"[1]. The "Löwenherz" daycare centre would like to use this support to continuously expand the expertise of the educational staff at the facility and develop new strategies for action. The corresponding cooperation agreement was signed on 23 May 2024 by the Managing Director of the "Achtung! Kinderseele" foundation Joachim Schiebold, the head of the "Municipal Daycare Centres" department at the city of Eberswalde Anke Bessel, the head of the daycare centre Lucia Dietze and the head physician of the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at Martin-Gropius Hospital Prof. Dr Hubertus Adam. The latter had told Mrs Dietze about the foundation's work during an introductory meeting. The original idea was to cooperate with child and adolescent psychiatry. Prof. Dr Adam will now act as an honorary and personal sponsor for the foundation and the daycare centre.

"We always ask ourselves what we can do to ensure that the children entrusted to us really do well in our daycare centre. How can we support the families? How can we enable the children to grow up as safely and securely as possible? But how can we also preserve our own psychological integrity in order to deal with the fate of some children and be strong for them? I am therefore very grateful to Prof Dr Adam for telling me about the "Achtung! Kinderseele" foundation and I am looking forward to working with them," says Lucia Dietze, head of the day-care centre.

In the next step, the focus will primarily be on concrete case counselling and the development of associated action strategies for educators. The programme concentrates mainly on working with the adults involved. Daycare centre staff will receive support and further training, but offers for parents, such as parent meetings with open question and answer sessions, are also being developed.

[1] https://www.achtung-kinderseele.org/