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Supporting language skills in early childhood

It is important that your children understand and speak German so that they understand their lessons at school. Supporting language development early on is therefore particularly important. Studies show, for example, that attending kindergarten for as long as possible can positively influence language development and vocabulary.

Language test before enrolling for school

All Federal Länder test whether children can speak German well enough before enrolling them for school. If it is established that a child has problems with German, special language support is provided, generally in the year before the child starts school. The aim is to improve communication skills and general everyday understanding.

Support programmes before enrolling for school

There are many support programmes available to pre-school children who grow up speaking a language other than German. You can find information about the different support options under the menu item "German courses for children and juveniles" (follow the link in the right-hand column).

You as parents can also help your child to learn German, for instance by attending schemes offered to parents and children, or by attending courses particularly targetting parents.

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You can obtain further information in your area from:

  • the Migration Advisory Service for Adult Immigrants and the Youth Advisory Service
  • youth welfare offices
  • family counselling services
  • child day-care facilities
Date 17 December 2015

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