Klaus Grohe Daycare Center welcomes the first children
New daycare center in Schiltach supports Hansgrohe employees in childcare
Schiltach, September 7, 2023. This week, the listed building of the former elementary school in Schiltach received a new purpose: The first children moved into the Klaus Grohe Daycare Center. The daycare center, operated by pme Familienservice GmbH, was created in cooperation between the Hansgrohe Group and the town of Schiltach and offers space for the offspring of Hansgrohe employees as well as Schiltach parents. "We are delighted that the first children can move into the new daycare center after extensive renovation work," says Hansgrohe Chief People Officer Sandra Richter. "Many thanks to the town of Schiltach, which as investor and builder has made our project possible. Our thanks also go to pme Familienservice GmbH, as the carrier of the facility, for the good cooperation."
After completion of the premises on the first floor, the upper floor will be expanded for the next generation in a second construction phase. In the final expansion phase, the Klaus Grohe Daycare Center will offer space for six groups with a total of 90 children. Three groups are planned, each with ten children under the age of three, as well as three additional groups, each with 20 children over the age of three. Spread over two floors and covering an area of more than 1,000 square meters, the children will be able to tinker, play, sing, do gymnastics and romp around. An official opening ceremony is planned for the beginning of December 2023.
What awaits the next generation
After an intensive construction phase, bright educational, play and movement rooms were created in the heart of Schiltach, where children can meet or use quiet zones. Wood was used as a central element in the interior design. "Of course, the Hansgrohe Spirit can also be experienced in the facility," says Sandra Richter. "Lovingly designed sanitary rooms feature water experience areas where children can shower, splash and experiment with water."
The Klaus Grohe Daycare Center's pedagogical care concept focuses on promoting (multi-) linguistic development, media education, the Pikler approach and animal-assisted education. "I am extremely looking forward to accompanying the process of the reopening and to shaping the daily pedagogical routine together with my team," says Alina Krisch, director of the Klaus Grohe daycare center. "In the first few weeks, parallel to the children's familiarization phase, the little ones can expect adventurous water play experiences as well as an outdoor area with a variety of playground equipment and a mud area. Participatory involvement and active participation in the day-to-day life of the daycare center are the focus, oriented to the individual needs of the children." The caregivers will also introduce the children to the topics of science, technology, music, art, movement and nutrition. Fresh meals are prepared daily in the dedicated kitchen, and the children eat together in the children's restaurant.
The new facility offers a large window of opening hours, flexible childcare models and few closing days. Accordingly, parents can flexibly reconcile their work commitments and family requirements. "Looking to the future, my wish is that the daycare center will provide reliable care that meets the needs of both families in Schiltach and the employees of Hansgrohe SE. At the same time, we are striving for continuous further development in the area of pedagogical work and quality improvement," is Alina Krisch's vision.
How it all began
After an employee survey in April 2019, it became clear quite quickly: there is a clear need for childcare places for children under the age of six. That's why Hansgrohe took a close look at the topic of company childcare and received an offer from the town of Schiltach to use the former elementary school. Since fall 2019, two teams with Hansgrohe managers and external experts have been working at full speed to implement the daycare plans. For the conception of the daycare center, Hansgrohe had called in Dr. Ilse Wehrmann, a qualified social pedagogue and educator, as an external expert. She advises companies and daycare providers throughout Germany on setting up and expanding their company daycare centers. The Schiltach architect Philipp Groß was commissioned with the planning and construction management. The operator of the Klaus Grohe Daycare Center, pme Familienservice GmbH, runs more than 70 daycare centers, back-up centers and family daycare centers nationwide, including company daycare centers for well-known large companies.
Interested parents can contact pme Familienservice GmbH by e-mail or by phone at +49 711 91291710 to find out about available places. Further information about the facility can be found at: www.hansgrohe-group.com/de or www.familienservice.de .
About the Hansgrohe Group – Setting the Beat of Water. Since 1901.
With its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, the Hansgrohe Group, based in Schiltach/Southern Germany, enjoys a reputation as a leader in innovation, design and quality within the bath and kitchen industry. Founded in 1901 in the Black Forest, the company gives water form and function with its faucets, showerheads and shower systems. In combination with sanitary ceramics and bathroom furniture, the company offers individual design options from a single source for holistic bathroom experiences. The 122-year history of the company is marked by innovations, such as the first hand-held shower with multiple spray types, the first pull-out kitchen faucet, and the first wall bar to hold a hand-held shower.The company holds more than 20,000 active property rights. The Hansgrohe Group stands for long-lasting quality products and for responsibility towards people and the environment. Sustainable production of resource-conserving products is central to the company’s business activities around the globe. By developing innovative technologies for faucets and showers, Hansgrohe achieves the greatest possible effect on protecting water as a resource and limiting and adapting to climate change during the usage phase of its products. As part of its consistent sustainability strategy, Hansgrohe is equipping all water-bearing products exclusively with water-saving technologies by 2030 within its "ECO 2030" initiative. With 33 subsidiaries and 21 sales offices supplying products in more than 150 countries, the globally active company in the sanitary industry is a reliable partner to its customers in all regions of the world. The Hansgrohe Group, its brands and products have won numerous awards, including more than 700 design prizes since 1974. The products of the Hansgrohe Group are found around the world: on renowned cruise ships, in luxurious 5-star and boutique hotels, in international metropolitan cities, in extraordinary spas, exclusive bathrooms of lodges and luxury villas, public facilities, as well as in countless private homes. The Hansgrohe Group’s high quality standards are ensured by eight wholly-owned production facilities: four in Germany, one each in France, in Serbia, the United States and China. In 2022, the Hansgrohe Group generated a turnover of EUR 1.528 billion. It employs around 5,600 people worldwide, about 60 percent of whom work in Germany.