"Stahlsternchen" shine on the sky

23 May 2013

Initiated and supported by Saarstahl AG and the Stahlstiftung Saar the new children's day-care center "Stahlsternchen", which is close to the company and belongs to the state office of the Workers Welfare Federal Association (AWO), was officially opened today. The operation in the Siemensstrasse 1 has been running since February 1st this year and it is financed by public funds and parental contributions within the legal regulations. In addition, Saarstahl AG takes over the annual operating costs. The management of the children's day-care center is in the hands of Petra Haben, who is supported by a team of 8 professional educators.

"The promotion of reconcilation of work and family is a natural part of our business culture" said Peter Schweda, Chief Human Resources Officer, Saarstahl, in his opening speech. "The closely located day-care center makes an important contribution, not only for its own employees. We therefore also assume social responsibility and with the state office of the Workers Welfare Federal Association we have a good partner in the field of professional and pedagogical support on our side."

The name of the day-care center results from an employee survey at Saarstahl. From a total of 75 different name suggestions, a jury of representatives from the HR Department and the Work Council chose the name "Stahlsternchen" which can be translated as "little steel stars".

"We are delighted that the steel industry of our region values our expertise and that we have been called to operate the new children's day care center "Stahlsternchen" here, after opening the day care centers "Hüttenbären I and II" in Dillingen. " said Marc Dubois, chairman of the state office of the Workers Welfare Federal Association (AWO). "Education and care as well as attractive opening times, where family and job be connected very well, show the specifics of the children's day-care center."

As responsible of now 21 children's day-care centers, the AWO get involved actively in (the) Saarland in expanding the demands and qualitiy care services, Dubois said. "In this regard I would not miss it, federal and state governments to thank for helping to build this day-care center" said the chairman.

Distinctive architecture

From the outside, the warm yellow and orange tones of the artistical designed facade provide a distinctive look of the new building. In combination with the natural materials used, it blends harmonically in the surrounding landscape. In the entrance the individual design of the floor catches your eye. Fresh touches of colour in the logo-colours of the AWO and the Saarstahl symbols make the seamles plastic base into a real eye-catcher. In the buidling there a 30 rooms, including 3 group rooms, 2 silence rooms and 2 baby changing rooms and in addition a kitchen which is suitable for children and a room where parents can talk and exchange. The light-filled corridors are often used by childern as a play area, the L-shaped form protects the area of younger children from a high noise level. The day-care center is equipped with a modern fire alarm and an intrusion detection system that is connected directly to the fire department and the works security from Saarstahl. In protected outdoor areas the children have access to several climbing frames and swings, as well as to a paved Bobbycar track.

Family-friendly opening times

In the children's day-care center, the children of Saarstahl workers and other working parents from Völklingen are looked after from 6.30 am until 6 pm, occasionally until 8 pm. On Saturdays it is on demand from 8 am until 3.30 pm. Altogether it can accommodate 53 children aged 8 weeks to school age.