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Kita advice Karlsruhe

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I have a 4.5 year old daughter (native language English) who will be joining me in June (along with my wife). We are from USA, and I have ~A1 skills in German. 

 

I have been told (and read) that procuring a spot at a Kita is very very difficult. KA has a kita portal where I have been submitting applications.

 

Is there any hope of procuring a spot?

Should I be e-mailing schools directly asking about openings? Telephone?

What are good alternatives if I do not find a spot (e.g. Tagesmutters)?

Are kitas inspected and graded (for curriculum, violations, etc.) ? 

 

Thank you!

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Last person I helped find a spot did both online applications and visited kindergartens personally to ask about places. 

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7 hours ago, kiplette said:

Last person I helped find a spot did both online applications and visited kindergartens personally to ask about places. 

Thank you. Would it appear strange if a middle aged male went to the school? In the US this could raise red flags (police being called, etc.) unless an appointment was given. 

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1 minute ago, Santitas said:

But Kitas aren’t allowing personal visits now due to COVID 😷

Ah, that is good information !

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You might want to consider going for an English/German Kita, if available in your area. We had no luck with the German only ones but with the English/German one we found having an English speaking household pushed him up the priority list at Kita as they were keen to have some native english speaking kids.

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