Municipalities: Significant obstacles to expanding all-day care

The German Association of Cities and Municipalities sees considerable obstacles on the way to comprehensive all-day care for primary school children.

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In addition to the financing issue, the personnel issue must also be clarified, said the general manager of the association, Gerd Landsberg, to the newspapers of the Funke media group. "There is a lack of suitable staff across the board."

The federal government wants to present its plans for the creation of a legal right to all-day care in primary school on Wednesday. Landsberg said, in view of the already existing shortage of skilled workers in educational professions, "it will not be possible to create around 2030 additional full-time places by 800.000". This is also difficult with regard to the demographic development in the next few years. Many caregivers reached retirement age in the next few years. Landsberg called on the federal and state governments to launch a training initiative for educational professions. In addition, the municipalities demanded that the federal government make a significantly higher share of the operating costs well before the legal entitlement to all-day care came into force. Preparations for further expansion must be made now. "Specifically, we expect the federal government to participate from 2022," said Landsberg.





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