Sex Education in Kindergarten

Forum 4/2003 englischFORUM Sexualaufklärung und Familienplanung Nr. 4/2003

The eight subject-related articles in this issue of FORUM on ‘sex education in kindergarten’ have one thing in common: according to their message, sexuality is a topic that interests children between the ages of three and six so glaringly and so fundamentally that child day-care facilities in Germany should perceive sex education as an educational task and implement it as extensively as possible throughout the country.

Tim Rohrmann, who wrote two articles for this issue, explicitly states what occupies children in this phase of development, emphatically advocating that sexuality be addressed as a central aspect of the educational content at elementary level, and that children be supported in their search for a female or male identity.

The importance of sexuality for children‘s emotional balance, and how broadly and diversely it must be presented to them, particularly in the first few years of life, is the subject addressed by Christa Wanzeck-Sielert. She focuses on the sex education challenges faced by kindergarten teachers in their everyday work.

In his second article, Tim Rohrmann takes the case study concerning Anja, a five-year-old girl who claims to be a boy, as an example of the approaches that are possible for explaining the development of gender identity in such fields as biology, developmental psychology and family dynamics, and where a kindergarten team can specifically take action to constructively deal with the confusion of all concerned.

Helga Tolle describes a set of advanced training modules on sex education for staff of kindergartens and child day-care centres that she has tested herself on many occasions.

The great importance of physical and motor capabilities for the selfperception and self-assessment of children is described by Renate Zimmer, who examines the relationship between body experience and identity in depth.

With the new ‘Kindergarten Box’, which is presented by Stefanie Amann and Sigrid Zinser, the BZgA offers a particularly attractive media package whose sound methodological support makes it possible to address virtually all sex-related topics of relevance at kindergarten age.

René Domschat presents the BZgA‘s Children's Song Tour, where – in conjunction with such offers as workshops for kindergarten teachers and further media and campaigns – the central element, the performance of a musical tale, likewise contributes to the spread of sex education and the associated quality assurance.

Gisela Brandt-Trube from the Arbeitskreis Neue Erziehung in Berlin presents the concept of the Elternbriefe and describes the importance of sex education in this medium.

Under the heading DIALOGUE, Konrad Weller lastly writes about an article in Spiegel magazine of September 2002, in which major doubt was cast on the success of the education campaigns of past years. As he shows, however, these doubts result from the dubious handling of empirical data on youth sexuality, e.g. on teenage pregnancies and the occurrence of sexual maturity and sexual intercourse at an increasingly early age. At the end of his article, the author formulates conclusions regarding the tasks of emancipatory sex education today.

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German version:
Sexualerziehung im Kindergarten 

Bibliographic data

Media: Print
Publication date: 5/2008
Obtainable from:
BZgA, 51101 Köln, Germany
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Order Number: temporarily out of print