This winter (2020) the advice is clear: stay home if you are sick. This applies equally to adults and children. It applies whether it is a simple cold, flu or the dreaded corona virus.
So, the rules at Spielwelt are:
Stay home if you are sick. Even if it is just a cold.
You can return when you are symptom-free.
The only exception is for a lingering dry unproductive cough IF it has been 14 days since your cold started AND all the other cold/flu symptoms have cleared up.
How long do you need to stay away from playgroup, playschool or scouts though?
We have sought advice from our resident doctor and infectious diseases expert to help us all clarify when children with sniffles or coughs can return to their groups. His advice is paraphrased here:
The short answer is that people can be infectious while they have symptoms. … In most cases, children will be infectious for around 5-7 days (but perhaps up to 2 weeks). Even after people have recovered, some may have a persistent cough for quite a while. This is usually not because they are still in any way infectious, more a reflex to the damage done to the airways that causes them to be extremely susceptible to any kind of irritation. More information about catching and caring for colds can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/common-cold/
Why do I need to keep my child home when it is just a cold?
Whenever a simple cold spreads to other children and families or staff members, it means those people then have also to take time off unnecessarily to isolate and get tested for coronavirus.
Do I need a note from the doctor?
There is no requirement from Spielwelt to present evidence that you have been tested for corona virus and returned a negative results in order to start attending sessions again. (Obviously, you should stay home and get tested if you suspect you might have the virus, though!)
It’s just asthma!
Children who have an asthmatic cough can attend, and are likely to have their puffer with them. Asthma is not contagious.
Our apologies and thanks
Sorry to make you stay home when you are busting to join us, folks. We know it is hard, especially for our GAP families needing to get back to work – but you are doing your bit to help protect everyone else and we all appreciate that.
Hallo Papa! It’s time to help your child prepare for Mothers’ Day…. and the GAP teachers are hereby offering their loving support for mums and dads to guide you through with craft and breakfast ideas.
Hopefully all GAP children will have received their second envelope in time, as this contains some of the things that Papa and children will find useful in making the following Mothers Day gifts. (If you aren’t enrolled at GAP or your envelope is late arriving, we hope you can find or substitute craft items from home.)
Lisa3 has provided the complete instructions and materials in your child’s envelope so you can help your child to create a paper flower garden. For non-GAP families, you will need a variety of coloured paper and here are the instructions for you.
Make a beautiful rainbow heart ornament
Here is Gerda’s video to show you how to make a rainbow heart ornament. You will need cardboard, paper and a few colours of paint for this. If you don’t have paint, coloured markers or pencil crayons could do the trick. Or there might be enough coloured paper left over from your paper flower garden.
Here’s a super simple and really cute breakfast idea so children can make something pretty much all by themselves for Mama on Mothers’ Day (and if that goes well, then they can make it on all the other days afterwards!)
This is toast with peanut butter, banana and raisins. I guess the luxury version has almond butter, banana and choc chips. I have it on good authority that Germans love peanut butter though, so go nuts! Serve warm!
Adding a little paper heart (or a small flower from the garden) at the side of the plate will elevate your creation from “breakfast” to “present”.
The response you are looking for from Mum is “Oooh, lecker!” (Oooh, yummy!)
And here’s what to say in German
You’d think “ich liebe dich” would be just perfect… but that’s only used between, well, lovers. You wouldn’t say it to a child, nor would a child say it to their parent. So what CAN you say? Here are some suggestions that won’t raise any German eyebrows:
“Ich hab dich lieb, Mama” or “Mama, Ich hab’ Dich so lieb”
“Alles Gute zum Muttertag” or “Alles Liebe zum Muttertag”
“Mama, Du bist die Tollste von allen!’
“Mama, Du bist wunderbar!” or “Danke Mama, Du bist die Beste!”
“Fuer die beste Mama auf der ganzen Welt!”
Here are some other fun sayings or poems you could make use of.
Happy Mothers Day to all our Spielwelt mums, from the teachers, leaders, committee and director.
Story Night was another lovely event at Spielwelt this year. Children and their families enjoyed sharing delicious food for dinner, while chatting and playing in the playground.
We then moved indoors for the main attraction: the songs and stories.
Paul got us all singing “Meine Haende sind verschwunden”, with the actions of course, and accompanied us with his ukelele.
Then Tatjana tooks us all on a bear hunt with all the funny noises and actions; and Johanna had us giggling at a story about slippers.
To finish the evening, Torsten and Otmar entertained us all with some hilarious puppets who had the children rolling in the aisles with laughter.
Everyone pitched in to help clean up after the event, and all agreed we had enjoyed a lovely evening.
This was another keen-to-be-green event: No single-use items were used, and the whole event fed and entertained a lot of families and created less than a shopping bag of rubbish to landfill. Thanks, everyone!
Our exciting annual Oktoberfest for families is coming up on Saturday 9 November! We are looking forward to seeing lots of families and friends of Spielwelt at the event. Details are all on our Oktoberfest page.
The Monday scouts and venturers enjoyed an outrageous picnic in Haig Park. This wasn’t just any picnic!
White table cloths, a candelabra, colourful table lights, classical music and black-tie waiter service were the order of the evening. All set up under twinkling coloured lights in the park at night.
The scouts had each brought something yummy to contribute to the picnic – home-made bread, delicious winter soup, dips, crudite, drinks and German desserts using Oma’s secret recipe.
The main course was “freshly delivered Turkish pide”, courtesy of a Cathy (in a pink flamingo costume, of course, because you know, it’s scouts and an outrageous picnic) and her team from the Haig Park experiments project.
As it was a scouting event, there had to be plenty of silliness. Our black-tie venturer scout waiters were harnessed and tethered to nearby trees with bungee cords, making it highly entertaining to see them try to deliver food and drinks to the tables.
Scouts enjoyed a three course meal. At each of the three courses, an envelope was delivered and its enclosed instructions were read out: During the Vorspeise, scouts could not feed themselves, but had to feed those next to them. During the Hauptgang, scouts caught speaking anything other than German had their food swiped by a waiter and had to beg (auf Deutsch, natuerlich) for it to be returned. During Nachtisch, scouts had to be blindfolded with beanies or scarves, and eat without seeing anything.
Then the bill arrived at the table. Oh dear! Rather expensive! Nearly 1000 Euros, including the Mehrwertsteuer and Gastronomie fees. The scouts were given three options for payment: cash, sing, or wash the dishes. Predictably, they chose the singing option and were given the lyrics and forced to sing four German children’s songs as a choir. It was really good fun!
We are grateful for the wonderful support of the Haig Park Experiments team.
Keen to be Green report: This event produced about 200 grams of waste to landfill. A great result, Pfadfinder scouts!
What a wonderful winter walk we all enjoyed. This year’s traditional German lantern walk was a magical evening.
Many volunteers helped to put the event on: providing food, drinks, shopping, cooking and serving on the BBQ, cleaning, providing the audio/visual magic, and much more.
The walk took us along a path lit by lanterns, to a wide circle area in the forest. There we enjoyed more singing together while the children paraded inside the circle with their lanterns, and we heard a special choral performance by the joeys and cubs.
Returning to the hall, we were entertained by a play about Saint Martin who is associated with the lantern walks in Europe.
We are grateful to the ACT government for their ongoing support of this event, through the ACT Multicultural Grants program.
A marvelous time was had by children and adults alike, at the Spielwelt family Oktoberfest on Saturday 3 November.
Along with children currently involved in our playgroups, playschool and scout group, we also enjoyed seeing so many of our alumni returning to catch up… including one family who have returned after having been away in Germany for 5 years.
There were some beautiful Dirndls and great Lederhosen to be seen (even on some of the darling babies), which made the event all the more enjoyable.
The Oktoberfest organising team did an amazing job with the catering and decorating touches. There were plenty of folk available to help out on the day too, which gave the event a real community feeling.
It was touch and go there the night before, with a total fire ban being announced, but thankfully the ban was lifted in time for us and we were able to use our fire permit and the cooking of our Spanferkel could go ahead.
Christian’s specially brewed Oktoberfest Bier was enjoyed by those who wished, and there was plenty of food, music and games to keep everyone happy.
The Tug of War game was a hit with the dads and kids. Some of our Pfadfinder set up a rope bridge swing between the trees and lots of children had a wonderful time playing on that.
Our teenaged scouts and friends held their own Oktoberfest picnic gathering in the park, playing soccer and other games, and enjoying each other’s company at what they called “a dignified distance” from the parents.
By using reusable picnic plates, cups, mugs and cutlery, serving fresh home-made foods and creating our own decorations from recycled materials, we were able to reduce our waste-to-landfill from this event by 70% this year.
Our hard-working organising team would like to thank all those who brought such delicious salads, Bretzeln and desserts to share…. and thank the many folk who helped setting up tables, washing dishes and packing up afterwards.