Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about giftedness in early childhood
What can parents do if their child no longer wants to go to the Kita?
There are various reasons for a child’s persistent unwillingness or even refusal to go to the Kita. Perhaps the child is experiencing ongoing conflicts with other children, does not feel sufficiently challenged by the educational activities, or simply cannot find a compatible child who shares his or her same interests and learning needs. There are also other conceivable reasons that are not primarily related to the presence of a specific ability, for example, as a result of stressful family situations.
This is why it is important for parents and childcare educators to work together whenever possible to help pinpoint the underlying issues. For example, they can ask for support from counseling centers, which can offer an objective outside perspective to help identify the origins of the problem, trace its development, and work out possible solutions.
It is important to note that young children are only able to reflect on and express the causes of their problems in a rather basic way. They should not be forced to talk about “the problem.” That being said, it is very important to involve children in the discussion, ask them about their wishes and points of view, and take them seriously. In addition, the Kita should monitor the child more closely to find out about the things the child enjoys, who he or she likes to be with, and which activities he or she particularly engages in, so that these experiences and activities can be intentionally offered to the child.