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Childcare at the HoPla-Kinderhaus

At the HoPla-Kinderhaus of the Studierendenwerk Kassel directly on the northern campus, children are looked after by students, employees of the University of Kassel and parents from the district. 

Basic Principles

In the HoPla-Kinderhaus Child Care there are

  • 3 nursery groups for ten children each aged 1-3 years
  • 2 kindergarten groups for 21 children each from the age of three until school entry

The children are cared for by three pedagogical specialists per group as a supplement to the family. In addition, there are experienced student assistants, annual interns and young people who support the educational team as part of their Voluntary Social Year (FSJ).
Meals suitable for children are specially prepared for the HoPla-Kinderhaus in the Zentralmensa canteen and delivered from there. The Grüne Bote brings organically grown fruit and vegetables on a weekly basis to complement the afternoon meals.


Pedagogical concept
In the HoPla-Kinderhaus, children discover, explore and understand their world. We accompany and support them in their self-education process and take their needs, interests, feelings and problems seriously. We want to empower every child according to his or her age to care for his or her well-being in accordance with applicable social norms and values.

Intercultural work and language development are essential components of educational work. Since 01.03.2017 the institution has been supported by the Federal Programme "Sprach-Kita: weil Sprache der Schlüssel zur Welt ist" of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

By working openly, the children in the HoPla-Kinderhaus find space as well as time for their interests, abilities, needs, moods and wishes. They can retreat to individual and creative play just as they can help to shape their daily routine in terms of time and content. Their participation plays an important role in everyday life. The children learn to decide on a parity basis and with equal rights which topics they want to address and take responsibility step by step for their own learning process. By having to coordinate their plans with both adults and other children, the children are always in contact with each other, learn from each other and practice their social skills.

In our pedagogical offers we work according to the situation approach, focus on the individual strengths of the children and tie in with their natural curiosity and personal interests.

In the open work, rituals are also incorporated into the daily routine of the children, which provide the necessary orientation especially for the youngest and which they look forward to joyfully. The morning greetings and the arrival of the children take place in their own group, as do the meals or sleeping times. Above all, we regard the crèche groups as so-called "nest groups", in which we place the relationship work in the foreground, lend more structure to the daily routine and extend the freedom of movement and decision for the children particularly carefully.

We would like to enter into a close educational partnership with the parents and involve them closely in the educational work. We always inform the parents about what is happening in the HoPla-Kinderhaus and regularly exchange information about the development of their child. We also use the portfolio work and regular development talks for this purpose.

We design the familiarization according to the Berlin familiarization model. During the first one to three weeks, the children are accompanied to the facility by a parent and are available to the child as a "secure basis" in the background. Step by step, the reference teacher takes over this task. The acclimatisation period ends when the child has established a sustainable relationship with the teacher and, if necessary, can be comforted by him or her.  Only through a reliable connection to the educator can the child explore the world and above all the new environment "Kinderhaus" and gain experience.

Quality criteria

  • Systematic development monitoring and documentation
  • Regular collegial exchange, reflection and supervision
  • Training concept
  • Parent Survey / Evaluation
  • Ongoing elaboration/extension of the pedagogical concept

The HoPla-Kinderhaus is also open to the outside world and builds up cooperation within the Studierendenwerk and with other counselling centres, offices and cultural institutions. We work particularly closely with the institutions close to the university, above all with established parent initiatives, as well as with the various departments and departments of the University of Kassel.

The House

Entrance Level
In the upper area there is the entrance with a spacious foyer and an attached parents' meeting place. Here parents and visitors can inform themselves about the activities in the HoPla-Kinderhaus, here is room for conversation and appointments. The entrance leads to the management office, the cloakroom and from there to the play hall, which connects all the rooms and provides the building with natural daylight through the small inner courtyard. The group rooms of the elementary group and the mixed-age group are also equipped with large windows, a view of the garden and a small balcony. The group room of the mixed-age group is adjoined by a bedroom, which can also serve as a retreat for the under-threes in the group outside bedtime. For all children in the house there is a creative room as well as a movement room available on this floor. The two groups on this floor share a sanitary area. The meeting and social room for the educational staff is located directly next to the management office. An additional internal staircase connects the two floors.

Garden Level
The stairs or elevator lead to the lower part of the house. Here the three crèche group rooms with approx. 60 sqm common room area are located. Via the cloakroom and the play hall you can also reach the respective bedrooms of the groups, the sanitary area as well as the separate changing room. In the large kitchen the food is distributed to the groups. In addition, the garden level has a personnel office, a relaxation room as a place of retreat, e.g. for confidential conversations, and sufficient storage space. On this floor there is access to both the inner courtyard and the outdoor area. The building is adjoined by a spacious, natural outdoor area, which offers stimulating movement and play activities as well as exciting adventures for different age groups. 

Opening Times and Costs

The HoPla-Kinderhaus is open Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 5 pm.

During three weeks in the school summer or semester holidays, between Christmas and New Year as well as on individual pedagogical days for the further training of the team the facility remains closed.

The costs of supervision are based on the corresponding amounts paid by the municipal institutions. A cost assumption can be applied for at the local youth welfare service.


Childcare feesChildren under three years of ageChildren over three years of age
Half day with lunch (8.30 am - 1pm)134 Euros/monthFree of contribution
Full day with lunch (8.30 am -4.30 pm)214 Euros/month    48 Euros/month
Early service (7.30-8.30 am)20 Euros/month20 Euros/month
Late service (4.30-5pm)10 Euros/month10 Euros/month
Verpflegungsentgelt 58 Euros    58 Euros   

Data without guarantee. Price changes are possible.    


The HoPla-Kinderhaus accommodates children of students and employees of the University of Kassel as well as other citizens of the city of Kassel who have their primary residence here. The management decides on admission regardless of the applicant's nationality or religious beliefs.

If you would like to have your child cared for at HoPla-Kinderhaus, please submit your application via Kibeka.kassel.de


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