Should child care be free

Child care: Day care should be free for 1.2 million children

Franziska Giffey (SPD) had to wait a long time to be able to report the completion of her first major project. On Wednesday, the Federal Family Minister's “Good Day Care Act” passed the cabinet. This should not only improve the quality of daycare, but also lower fees: households that receive supplementary social benefits will be completely exempt from fees in the future;

“A milestone” is the law, said Giffey afterwards when visiting a daycare center in Berlin, because: “It is the very first time that the federal government has started promoting early childhood education. This shows that early childhood education is a national task. ”The federal government will make a surcharge of 5.5 billion euros for this by 2022, with Giffey already promising a permanent commitment. The money is distributed proportionally through sales tax. The law is due to come into force on January 1, 2019.

For four years, the federal and state working group on early education advised on measures to improve the quality of daycare. A difficult undertaking, since the starting position in the federal states could not be more different: Some states charge horrendous fees, others none at all; in some countries full-day operation is the rule, in others the exception; and the skilled worker-child ratio fluctuates extremely strongly depending on the federal state. Giffey said that uniform standards that apply to everyone had to be abandoned quickly: "There is no one-size-fits-all solution."