Save the Date: Scientific conference “Ensuring children’s rights in daycare centers” on 19.10.2023

10 July 2023

Scientific conference on 19.10.2023 at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam in cooperation with the Institute for Further Education, Research and Development (IFFE e.V.) and the German League for the Child

Today, more and more young children spend a lot of time in day care centers: The proportion of two-year-olds has doubled in the last 15 years, and the proportion of one-year-olds has even tripled. Children do not have to meet any linguistic, cognitive, or other prerequisites for their rights to promotion, participation, and protection to be guaranteed in day care. It is the responsibility of pedagogical actors to respect children’s rights, to adapt to children’s developmental needs and to ensure their well-being.

At the conference, findings from empirical research on the design of everyday situations in daycare centers will be compiled. In the light of children’s rights, pedagogical action will be analyzed and discussed in the context of findings on attachment and relationship: What is imperative to design everyday situations in a child-friendly way? In which situations and under which conditions do impairments of the child’s well-being occur? How can they be avoided in daycare centers and how can daycare centers be supported in this?
We cordially invite you to discuss these important questions.

Among the participating scientists are Prof. Dr. Lieselotte Ahnert, Prof. Dr. Fabienne Becker-Stoll, Prof. Dr. Astrid Boll, Prof. Dr. Dorothee Gutknecht, Prof. Dr. Frauke Hildebrandt, Prof. Dr. Karsten Krauskopf, Prof. Dr. Jörg Maywald, Prof. Dr. Iris Nentwig-Gesemann, Bianka Pergande, Prof. Dr. Regina Remsperger-Kehm, Prof. Dr. Susanne Viernickel, Prof. Dr. Catherine Walter-Laager, Prof. Dr. Dörte Weltzien.

Please register via our registration form on the homepage:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via our e-mail:


Studying “Early childhood education research” (M.A.) at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and University of Potsdam

25 April 2023 

Application deadline 2023: 15.06.2023 – 15.08.2023

From February to August 2023, we will regularly present our Master’s program in Early Childhood Education Research (MAFB) via Zoom and offer interested parties the opportunity to ask professors, lecturers and students questions about MAFB.

28.04.2023, 12-13 Uhr
23.05.2023, 15-16 Uhr
07.07.2023, 12-13 Uhr
25.08.2023, 13-14 Uhr

The ZOOM link can be requested from alena.kohlmann(at)

Dates PINA colloquia 2023/24

21 April 2023 

The PINA team cordially invites you to its lecture series 2023/24. The colloquia will take place online via Zoom from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you are interested, please ask our project coordinator nadin.klueber(at) for the access link.

Is there a role for metacognitive feelings in cognitive development?
Referent: Stephen A. Butterfill (University of Warwick)

Children beliefs and attitudes towards gender and power
Referentin: Cristina Galusa (Université de Grenoble Alpes)

Typische und atypische Entwicklungsverläufe frühkindlicher sozialer Kognition
Referent: Tobias Schuwerk (Ausbildungsinstitut und Institutsambulanz für Kinder und Jugendlichenpsychotherapie Ausbildung LMU München)

Spatial demonstratives a cross languages and cultures
Referent: Kenny Coventry (University of East Anglia)

Forschen mit Kindern – Herausforderungen und Potenziale
Referentin: Iris Nentwig-Gesemann (Freie Universität Bozen)

Digitalisierte Prozessdiagnostik mit der EuLe App und adaptive Förderung von Early Literacy Kompetenzen im Übergang von der Kita in die Schule
Referentin: Prof. Dr. Tanja Jungmann (Universität Oldenburg)

Publication on the symposium “10 Years of Researchers’ World Blossin”: Thinking with Children – Designing Stimulating Interactions

30 January 2023

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the “Forscherwelt Blossin”, a place in the state of Brandenburg where practice, teaching and research are combined in an exemplary way, a symposium on the topic “Thinking with children – designing stimulating interactions” took place at the end of September 2022. Prof. Dr. Kristina Musholt and Prof. Dr. Gerd Schäfer gave introductory lectures and then participated in a discussion round chaired by Prof. Dr. Frauke Hildebrandt. The transcript of the lectures and the discussion can be found here.

PINA supports the call “Day care centres must protect children’s rights!”

22 December 2022

In recent days, several reports on the subject of misconduct and violence in day-care centres have been in the media. Daycare centres are good for children if the daycare centres are good. Unfortunately, however, borderline violations are also part of children’s everyday daycare life. We stand in solidarity with the children. We feel obliged to seize the moment of public attention. We stand up for the protection of children’s rights. At the same time, it is our concern to strengthen daycare centres and educational professionals.

To read the full appeal, download the PDF here.

On openPetition you can sign the call and forward it to friends.

Current reporting includes the following links:

  1. BR24 article 14/12/2022: Gewalt in Kitas: Zahl der Meldungen steigt stark an | BR24
  2. article 14/12/2022: Umfrage bei Aufsichtsbehörden: Mehr Verdachtsfälle auf Gewalt in Kitas |
  3. Spiegel‑online article vom 14/12/20222: Verdacht auf Gewalt in Kitas: Alleingelassen, bloßgestellt, zum Essen gezwungen – DER SPIEGEL
  4. Drawn video on social media:
  5. BR24 article 15/12/2022: Nach Kita-Recherchen: Emotionale Debatte im bayerischen Landtag | BR24
  6. Interview Spiegel Online 20/12/2022: Probleme in Kitas: »Gewaltfreie Erziehung ist ein unerreichbares Ideal«, sagt Forscher Jörg Maywald – DER SPIEGEL
  7. BR article 20/12/2022: Nach Kita-Recherchen: Bundesweiter Appell für Kinderschutz | BR24
  8. Welt article 22/01/2023 Gewalt in Kitas: Wenn Erzieher die Rechte der Kinder verletzen – WELT
  9. Report on violence in day care centers WDR broadcast “Markt” 25/01/2023 Markt vom 25.01.2023 WDR
  10. Report on child welfare in daycare centers and interview with Katrin Macha in the RBB evening program Brandenburg Aktuell Kindeswohl in Kitas – Jugendministerin Ernst verspricht Verbesserung | rbb (
  11. Article on child welfare risks in daycare centers and nurseries “Man muss sich klar machen, dass es einem selbst auch passieren kann” | rbb24