For the "WHU Toddlers", WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management’s daycare center, the second half of 2021 brought with it quite a few changes. New accommodation, a new garden, new faces – among adults and toddlers alike. Since June 2021, Karin Reckenthäler supports the Toddlers' care team as a part-time employee. Thanks to her many years of work in an institution for handicapped individuals, she brings with her a great deal of experience from various pedagogical areas.
The new daycare location in Vallendar is still close to campus as well as the city center and offers good parking facilities. The newly renovated apartment has a large group room for playing and crafts, a bedroom, and a fully equipped kitchen with a spacious dining area as well as its own terrace with playground equipment and garden access. Thus, sufficient opportunities for age-appropriate activities are provided. The large, bright rooms and direct access to a quiet street, which makes it easier for guardians to drop off their children, also contribute to the homely atmosphere. "We are very happy with the new premises," says Diana Stasch, manager of the WHU Welcome Center, which initiated the daycare. Simone Hahn, daycare worker and pedagogical director of WHU Toddlers, adds, "From the first day, we could see how the children enthusiastically discovered and explored new areas and rooms." Starting in spring 2022, early musical education for the little ones will also be provided. Once a week, Helena's music school in Vallendar will offer its "Musikzwerge" program for the Toddlers.
But these are not all the innovations incorporated in 2021: the WHU Toddlers were selected to become one of seven certified daycare centers in the Mayen-Koblenz district. They are one of the first daycare centers ever to be certified in the scope of quality management. With the support of the WHU Regulations, Accreditations, and Quality Management department, Simone Hahn will develop a new quality management concept. This is an important step in order to work qualitatively and conceptually on the same level as large institutions and to be able to refer to certified standards.
With "WHU Toddlers", the business school offers professional care for the next generation of children aged one to three years old from WHU employees as well as residents of the Vallendar area. The daycare is open Monday through Friday between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm.