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The Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus

For exactly 140 years now, the work of the Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus (PFH) has been based on the central idea of giving children a good start in life, and enabling them to grow into self-determined and responsible young citizens. In this spirit we train nursery-school-teachers and educators at the Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus, and maintain numerous childcare and youth support facilities in Berlin. Today the PFH includes:

  • The College of Social Education – school with a European profile
  • The advanced technical college for social care
  • Nine day care centres • Full-time care-provision in seven primary schools
  • Four family centres including a multigenerational centre
  • A variety of open projects for children and young people, school-related juvenile social work and child raising advice and support options. 

The PFH is a network of practical and educational facilities that provides important impulses in its role as a pilot institution of the state of Berlin. We are involved in many collaboration projects at both European and international level, which enable our students to pursue part of their education and training abroad.

The Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus was founded in 1874 by Henriette Schrader-Breymann whose educational concepts were based on the ideas of the two pedagogues Friedrich Fröbel (Henriette´s great uncle) and Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. Over the past fifteen years we have been working in the spirit of this tradition to develop the current concept of our work: the Early Excellence Concept which centres on the individual strengths of every person. Children are our future and also our present. The earlier a child´s potential is recognised and developed, the more this will contribute to building a strong society. We are concerned with the excellent, non-elitist advancement of children, as early as possible, from the beginning of their lives. Every child should have a fair chance to develop its abilities, regardless of its family background. At present, increasing parental competence is very important. Our aim is to create a child and family-friendly infrastructure and to accompany the people of the neighbourhoods with educational opportunities and support: from the very start, and throughout life.

Prof. Dr. Sabine Hebenstreit-Müller
Direktorin des Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Hauses