Ein a “body exploration room” announced by a daycare center run by the Hanover workers’ welfare organization has been stopped by the state youth welfare office in Lower Saxony. According to the authority, the educational concept in this form endangers the well-being of the child and does not last, said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Education in the state capital on Saturday. Previously had the “Bild” newspaper reports that the day-care center announced the establishment of such an exploratory space in a letter to parents and laid down rules in it.
Among other things, a rule from the letter available to the newspaper reads: “Every child decides for himself whether and with whom he wants to play physical and sexual games.”
According to the CEO of the Awo Region Hannover, the parents’ letter from the daycare center had not been coordinated and approved with the Awo’s specialist advice. The impression given by the head of the day-care center that the Ministry of Education is asking for “body exploration rooms” is also wrong.
According to the Ministry of Culture, the State Youth Welfare Office has stipulated that the pedagogical concept of the Awo-Kitas in Hanover and the child protection concept with external advice must be revised immediately for the continued operation of the facility. All Awo daycare centers in Hanover are affected. The Awo confirmed that the concept is currently being revised with the supervisory authority and external consultants.
In the day care centers Awo’s chairman emphasized that there are no rooms in which children are encouraged or motivated to be nudity or to play physical exploration games. The previous internal working aid of the day-care center specialist advice nevertheless contains a text module on rules for physical exploration games by children, which comes from ProFamilia specialist magazines. This work aid will now be reviewed.