All-day care for elementary school students progressing too slowly

All-day care for elementary school students progressing too slowly

According to a new study, a good four out of ten elementary school children (44 percent) currently have no after-school care options, even though many parents claim there is an urgent need for it. In addition, 18 percent of fathers and mothers who have such care for their children consider the amount to be inadequate.

This is the result of a prognos study for the ministry of family affairs. The total demand is estimated at 280,000 places for children alone, who do not yet have a place to go. An extended offer would be required for 275,000 additional children.

In the opinion of federal family minister katarina barley (SPD), affected parents should be given legal and political backing for better childcare options: "after the legal entitlement for children of daycare age, we must now introduce the legal entitlement for children of primary school age," she said in berlin on monday. "Good all-day childcare is important for children to grow up well, for equal opportunities and for parents to be able to combine family and career."

Meanwhile, 65 percent of all parents and as many as 76 percent of parents with children between the ages of six and ten said that family policy should focus on expanding all-day care for primary school children. Barley stressed that she wants to "discuss the concrete form of a legal claim with the countries and other stakeholders. The necessary financial participation of the federal government must also be discussed."

According to a special prognos analysis of the 2015 microcensus, first reported in the newspaper die welt, 96,000 mothers with children between the ages of six and ten only work part-time because childcare is not available or affordable. Barley told the newspaper: "when both parents work, it is usually the woman who puts her job on hold and takes care of the homework in the afternoons".

According to the ministry, most parents (83 percent) and teachers (74 percent) expect better opportunities for disadvantaged children through all-day programs – especially homework supervision. A current legal expertise by prof. Johannes munder of the technical university of berlin shows that the federal government can implement a legal entitlement for children of primary school age.

"The framework conditions for claiming and support vary widely in germany, as there is no legally binding minimum regulation nationwide," the barley ministry quotes the social rights expert. "If the political will exists, the full-day care and demand for elementary school children can be realized through a legal claim for the children in social code VIII – child youth welfare."In the interest of the children and the parents, the school offers and the care outside the school hours had to be closely connected".

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