A child care centre right on the campus!
The element-i child care centre Forscherzwerge opened in January 2009 serves as a company day care centre to enable the employees of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems along with the Shared Administration (MPIe) in Büsnau, Stuttgart to align their family interests with their professional obligations. It is a demonstration of the company’s awareness of its social responsibility.
On the premises developed and adapted specifically for the day care centre, there is space for 35 children aged six months to six years. In a variety of very well-lit themed rooms, children have the opportunity to try out new things, discover the world, and develop freely.
The child care centre is located directly near the Büsnauer Wiesental nature reserve and the beautiful Pfaffenwald forest, offering the children of Forscherzwerge the ability to go on exciting trips to explore the natural environment around them. Children here are given the opportunity to indulge their natural urge to explore, to let off steam, to experiment and to understand themselves as a part of their environment.
Native speakers of foreign languages have an important role in element-i child care centres. They provide the children with early exposure to foreign languages, which can be essential for learning languages later on. The current focus of foreign language learning at Forscherzwergen is on English.