For most parents, a drop off at daycare can result in tears from their children, but at a daycare/kindergarten center in the German town of Hamburg, the typical scenario has flip-flopped as parents have become the ones not wanting to leave. Why? The Pestalozzi Foundation kindergarten is housed inside the Millerntor-Stadion — home of the FC St Pauli soccer team — and it offers some of the best views of the games in action.
The unique kindergarten opened in 2010 as the stadium underwent renovations, leaving a set of unused space between two rebuilt stands. With social responsibility and community outreach being part of the FC St Pauli team’s core, using that space for a one of a kind educational experience for the town’s children was an easy choice. Not only do the kids have a cool classroom, they also have full access to the playing field, roof and stadium tunnels to enhance group activities.
When prospective parents tour the school, the team fandom often kicks in, to which staff have to remind them of the main focus of their educational curriculum. If their child does make into one of the 130 available slots though, is a definite perk for parent fans. During weekday games, parents are welcomed into the classroom to enjoy the game with their kids from one of the viewing decks.