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Nicole Voss M.A.


Department of Early Childhood Education

Research Associate

Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room KL 23/219
14195 Berlin

Office hours

Consultation hours are held by appointment.

Research interests


  • Early childhood education and care, as well as its quality in early education institutions and family settings
  • Educational experience of professionals as an influencing factor on early education processes and their quality
  • Early childhood education for sustainable development
  • Social inequality
  • Theories and approaches to justice


Curriculum Vitae

M.A. Nicole Voss

Since 2023 Research Associate, Department of Early Childhood Education, Freie Universität Berlin
2022 Student Assistant at pädquis foundation in the project NUBBEK II - Fokusstudie Brandenburg and at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft (DGfE) - SIIVE Sektion
2020-2023 Master of Arts in Educational Science, Freie Universität Berlin
2019-2024 "Regionalgruppensprecherin" Berlin of Stiftung für Berufliche Begabtenförderung of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
2018-2021 Student Assistant at Department Education and Futures Research (Prof. Gerhard deHaan) in the project "Wissenschaftliche Beratung und nationales Monitoring zu Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung (BNE)" and UNESCO-BNE-programm "ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) for 2030"
2017-2020 Bachelor of Arts in Educational Science, Freie Universität Berlin
1998-2017 Work in Early Childhood Education Practice, as preschool teacher and early childhood professional for Nature and Forest Education, focal points: Science and Mathematics



  • 2017-2023: Receiving of the Career Advancement and Master's Scholarship from the Foundation for the Promotion of Vocational Talents of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.



Associate member of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft (DGfE), Sektion 4: Empirische Bildungsforschung, Sektion 8: Sozialpädagogik und Pädagogik der frühen Kindheit

SoSe 2024

Basics of conversation management - Seminar

In this block seminar, you will be given a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of perception, communication and interviewing. You will choose your own key topics and deepen your knowledge independently in small groups. In this seminar, practical references are established by visiting institutions in your chosen small groups and thus creating a link between scientifically based theory and practice.


Shaping early childhood education in real life: Design thinking as a method for innovative problem solving - Project seminar

In this project seminar, we will work in small groups over the course of the semester on a challenge, i.e. a real problem at a daycare center in Berlin. The aim of the seminar is to use the design thinking method to think outside the box and find innovative solutions to the problem of the Berlin daycare center. At the beginning, you will be given a theoretical introduction to the design thinking method. You will then go through all the phases of a design thinking process. Within this process, you will conduct research in the field and with the employees of the daycare center. At the end, you will generate a client-oriented solution that will enable you to help shape the daycare center in real life. The course takes place every 14 days for 4 hours. Participation requires a high degree of independence and the willingness to work in a team of max. 5 people.


WiSe 23/24

Approaches to Pedagogical Action - Possibilities, Limits and Opportunities of Early Childhood Education for Sustainable Development

In this seminar we will deal with the educational concept of Education for Sustainable Development in the field of early childhood education and discover possibilities, limits and opportunities of early childhood sustainable development together. We will be guided by questions such as: What does sustainable development have to do with a good life? Can sustainable development counteract social inequality? Do we need transformation and what role do our emotions play? Curricular anchoring, further education and training possibilities as well as interventions in early childhood sustainable development are further topics of the seminar, in which more practical references are made. It is possible to set your own focus on early childhood sustainable development.


SoSe 2023

Selected Concepts - Seminar C

In this seminar, we will jointly address early childhood education concepts for dealing with heterogeneity in institutions of early education and care. After a theoretical introduction to the approaches of co-construction, anti-bias and doing-gender, students can focus on and develop selected concepts for dealing with heterogeneity under their own focus and constant supervision of the lecturers. The idea of the teaching-learning concept intertwines scientific theories/knowledge with early childhood education practice. The willingness of the participants to work independently and on their own responsibility (in groups) as well as self-reflective, biographical examination are fundamental.

Research Projects


since 07/2023 Quality in bilingual daycare centres further information


Evaluation of the federal program "Sprach-Kitas" more information



Singer-Brodowski, M., & Voss, N. (2023). Kindheit im Zeitalter des Anthropozäns - Stand und Spannungsfelder frühkindlicher Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung. In Braches-Chyrek, R., Moran-Ellis, J., Röhnert, C., Sünker, H. (Hrsg.). Handbuch Kindheit, Ökologie und Nachhaltigkeit. Barbara Budrich.

Voss, N. (2023). Das Echo (aus) der Kindheit : Selbst erlebte Bildungs- und Erziehungserfahrung frühpädagogischer Fachkräfte und ihr Einfluss auf deren pädagogische Praxis – eine Studie im Mixed-Methods Design. ElFo - Elementarpädagogische Forschungsbeiträge, 5(1), 30-35. http://dx.doi.org/10.25364/18.5:2023.1.3

Voss, N. (2023). Das Echo (aus) der Kindheit - Selbst erlebte Bildungs- und Erziehungserfahrung frühpädagogischer Fachkräfte und ihr Einfluss auf deren pädagogische Praxis - Eine Studie im Mixed-Methods Design. (Masterarbeit, Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie). Freie Universität Berlin. http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/refubium-37506


Conference contributions


Kluczniok, K., Resa, E., & Voss, N. (2024, May 6 - 8). Pedagogical Quality at the Target Child Level in Early Childhood Education Institutions – Introduction of a New Observation Instrument [Vortrag]. 22nd International ECERS International Conference, Porto, Portugal.

Voss, N., & Kluczniok, K. (2024, March 11-13). Das biografische Dilemma in der Professionalisierung frühpädagogischer Fachkräfte [Poster]. 29. Tagung der Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft (DGfE), Halle, Deutschland.