Program Philosophy

The objective of Die Kleine Kinderschule is to provide a preschool setting where 3-5 year old children are encouraged to learn German in a warm and stimulating play environment that fosters independence and encourages activities that lead to a sense of accomplishment. Learning is fun in playschool and through child’s play we hope to provide a satisfying and stimulating experience for each child.

It is our philosophy that a child learns a language by exposure to it. While not all of the children hear or speak German at home, our school provides a German-language setting on a regular basis for children at all levels of linguistic proficiency. NO knowledge of German is required nor are the parents expected to know German. In the classroom our playschool teachers speak German, supplemented with actions, pictures and other educational aids, and the children learn to use the language not through formal instruction but through the medium of play. You will be surprised how quickly your child will start to understand and use simple words and expressions!

The program will be varied: large and small muscle activities, indoor and outdoor play, use of imaginative materials or creative media, or real life equipment. There will be quiet times (listening to music, singing, reading of books, puzzles, toys) and active periods (crafts, painting, block building, housekeeping play, and gym periods).


Children can attend Die Kleine Kinderschule (DKK) starting in September if they are 3 years old on the first day of school. Children may also begin in any month as soon as they turn 3, however this will only be permitted if there is space in the class. You may also choose to reserve a spot for your child until they turn 3; in this case you will be required to pay tuition stating in September until they can attend. Please contact your Registrar for information on available space in each class.

Class options are: Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, and a Friday pre-kindergarten class for children who will be 4 years old by December 31, 2022. Children must be registered in our regular 2 or 4-day program to attend the Friday class.

Find out why the Friday Class is so important.


Classes run 2.5 hours/day, 2-5 days a week.

We operate out of three locations: Forest Heights Elementary School, Rio Terrace Elementary School and the German-Canadian Cultural Association (German-Club). Please see location addresses, days and times of classes in the Locations tab under the Contact menu bar.

Class size is limited to 16 children and every class has 1 teacher and 1 aid. 

Toilet Training

Children must be daytime toilet trained and able to manage themselves independently in the bathroom. We are NOT licensed to change children, so if your child has an accident at DKK, the parent/caregiver will be called and expected to come and change your child immediately.

Continue with German-Bilingual Elementary Schools After Graduating DKK

After graduating DKK German Club, you can register at Rideau Park Elementary, 10605-42 Avenue, which has the regular English and the German-bilingual program.

After graduating DKK Forest Heights, you can register to continue at the same school, Forest Heights Elementary, with the German-bilingual program or the school offers the regular English programming with the option of French as a Second Language starting in grade 4.

After graduating DKK Rio Terrace, you can register to continue at the same school, Rio Terrace Elementary, with the German-bilingual program or French Immersion.