The element-i child care centre Die Willys was opened on 1 March 2013 and is an in-house nursery for the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry for Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection, the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, the Information Technology Centre for the State Administration of Baden-Württemberg, the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the State Parliament. It is situated directly in the ministerial buildings in Willy-Brandt-Strasse in Stuttgart. The central location in the city centre with direct access to the castle gardens makes it ideal for trips out.
The entire building features parquet flooring and under-floor heating and is perfect for children to crawl around to their hearts’ content. The large windows provide the children with a beautiful view of the park. The warm rooms and modern architecture provide up to 20 children aged six months to three years with a safe, comfortable environment. A large hallway is available for children to make their first attempts at walking, but later on also invites them to run and romp around.
The centrepiece of the day care centre is the large, bright group room. The integrated crawler platform with recessed beech logs and soft carpet flooring gives the day care environment a natural touch, inviting children to cosy up or go for a climb. There is also space in the group area for various themed areas such as a building corner or role-playing area. In other rooms, such as the studio, the children can have aesthetic and sensual experiences. The relaxation room allows them to retreat and relax. And the spacious terrace with sandbox, mud kitchen and raised garden bed invites the children to play and experience every day.
A cook provides the children with freshly prepared meals from the institution’s own kitchen each day.
Children of employees of the ministries in the building are given first priority. Children of employees of the Information Technology Centre for the State Administration of Baden-Württemberg, the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the State Parliament are given second priority. Children of other civil servants of the State of Baden-Württemberg (Landesbedienstete) are given third priority. Any places remaining hereafter may be awarded freely.