ICDP at day care in Germany

An ICDP course was conducted at the “Kirchenkreis Hildesheim-Sarstedt” day care in Hildesheim, northern Germany.

ICDP trainer, psychologist Rita Crecelius conducted  the ICDP course for twelve day care professionals from the “Kirchenkreis Hildesheim-Sarstedt” day care,  which was completed on the 21st of February 2020.

Rita Crecelius explains:

"It is a big church-organization, where I held this training, with up to 60 daycares: https://www.kk-hs.de/KiTa. The participants, mostly day care leaders, were already familiar with the neurobiological perspective, and thus they knew that the brain development of children depends on safe attachment and attuned communication. 

The question was: How do we implement and cultivate these healthy relationships in a busy daily life under stressful circumstances in the day care? Together, the leaders are responsible for more than 600 children.        As part of the ICDP course, they chose only one child to implement the eight ICDP guidelines for good interaction, step by step. 

During the ICDP training the participants discovered that using the guidelines for positive interaction changed their relationship with the children for the better. Not only did the children increase their self-confidence, their mood and their social behaviours, but the professionals themselves started to feel better, more satisfied and they even felt rewarded by using their relational wisdom. Many of them were amazed: Already a small amount of awareness can facilitate remarkable changes within the child. 

Eventually, their staff members got curious: What are you doing there? Why is this child so different? As a result, one day care leader decided to train her entire staff with ICDP, others may follow. In the end, all members of the training were proud to be the first ones in Germany to receive an ICDP Caregiver Diploma. I am now looking forward to bringing more German day care professionals in contact with the ICDP technology for healthy relationships."