Kindergarten (//, //; frae German German pronunciation: [ˈkɪndɐˌɡaːɐ̯tn̩] ( listen), literally meanin 'garden for the bairns') is a preschuil educational approach traditionally based on playing, singing, practical acteevities such as drawing, an social interaction as pairt o the transition frae home tae schuil. Such institutions war originally creautit in the late 18t century in Bavarie an Strasbourg tae serve bairns whase paurents baith worked oot o the home. The term wis coined bi the German Friedrich Fröbel, whase approach globally influenced early-years eddication. Today, the term is uised in many kintras tae descrive a variety o educational institutions an learning spaces for bairns ranging frae twa tae seiven years o age, based on a variety o teachin methods.
- The term was coined in the metaphorical sense of "place where children can grow in a natural way", not in the literal sense of having a "garden".