Our Mission

Rella’s Spielhaus, Manhattan’s first German Immersion Day Care, was founded in January 2012 and quickly became a household name for highest quality German immersion education in New York.  We started with 3 days a week and since 2014 have been caring for 12 children full-time year round. In the Fall of 2019, Rella’s Harlem location will be moving to 50 West 97th Street in order to offer more slots for our families that stem from Manhattan’s Upper East and Westside as well as Harlem.

Rella’s Spielhaus UWS location is designed to become the largest German Immersion Nursery and Preschool in Manhattan committed to continuing our mission of the highest educational standards and to sharing the German, Swiss and Austrian language and culture.  We aim at creating an environment of respect, creativity and curiosity where each child feels successful at becoming a valid member of her class. Our teachers – all native speakers from a German-speaking country with minimum one degree in early childhood education – create a safe atmosphere where learning and exploration can happen freely and safely.

As passionate long-time members of the Manhattan German language community (Kinderklassen was founded in 2010), we see ourselves fortunate to be active members of our local community as well as the New York German language community.

Barbara Rellstab, mother, award-winning actor, singer and bi-lingual teacher is a member of Columbia University’s Teachers College Bi-lingual and Bi-cultural Education Program and in close connection with current bi-lingual research.

The teachers at Rella’s Spielhaus are an integral part of your child’s experience at Rella’s. They set clear and high expectations and give your child the space and time he needs to grow and learn.

The Rella’s Spielhaus curriculum is influenced by important European educators such as Jean Piaget, Maria Montessori, Emmi Pikler and Lev Vygotksy, and Heinrich Pestalozzi. The child is at the center of any and all teaching. It is given the respect, space, time, knowledge and boundaries to learn and grow all aspects of its being – with our support and deep care.