Start-up funding in the country for newly created institutions and groups has been very well received
At a press conference in the Hessian state parliament, the Hessian family minister Stefan Grüttner called the event a "success all the way for the children and families in Hesse."
New basis for debate about childcare
The family minister said the "outstanding results" of the meeting were the "highly constructive climate" and "matter-of-fact debates". “This is by no means a matter of course for representatives of such different interests and is new in form. I mean, we have all put the debate about childcare in Hessen on a new footing that we can now build on for the future. I would like to thank all those involved very warmly. ”Grüttner emphasized that the new start-up funding in the country is very well received by providers who expand their childcare services for children under the age of three after the March 1st deadline and can therefore only register places later bumped.
Very constructive exchange of experience
At the invitation of the Minister of Family Affairs, representatives of the local umbrella organizations, the churches, the League of Free Welfare in Hesse, parents ‘initiatives, trade unions, entrepreneurs’ associations and representatives of childcare and children with disabilities met in the Hessian State Chancellery for the round table on childcare on Wednesday. “We were more interested in covering the broadest possible range of sponsors, associations and interest groups than in mapping the landscape equally. In this context, we were able to enable a very constructive exchange of experiences, ”said Grüttner. The event was moderated by Werner D’Inka, co-editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The focus was on five different aspects of childcare in Hesse: the status and needs of expanding childcare for children under three, the evaluation of the Hessian Child Promotion Act, language support, education and upbringing plan and quality development, day care for children and securing skilled workers in childcare.
In advance, the participating institutions received questionnaires on various subject areas. “From the feedback, it can be seen that there is no uniform picture for Hessen in childcare. Regional and carrier-specific differences are particularly noticeable when it comes to expanding further nursery places and when it comes to recruiting skilled workers. Solutions must be found here that are tailored to the situation on site, ”says Grüttner.
An overview of the topics
- Expansion of childcare options for children under three years of age:
“With 36.3 percent, the state government of Hesse exceeded the level of care decided at the crib summit as of August 1, 2013. Hesse is on a very good path here, ”said Grüttner. The providers of the daycare centers are also shown further needs, but this is not regionally uniform. For the executing agency, expiring funding programs are also a hurdle in the expansion. "In order to ensure that the U3 spaces still required can be funded with the funds that are still available for the necessary construction measures from the state investment program, the Hessian state government has extended the deadlines for the call for funds," announced Grüttner. According to this, a total of 15 million euros could still be called up for construction and expansion measures. These construction measures should be completed by the end of 2016. In addition, further federal funding is available at the federal level in accordance with the coalition agreement.
- New financial support from the country:
The state will also temporarily offer start-up financing for providers who expand their childcare services for under-threes only after the statutory date set on March 1 and therefore cannot register their places until later, Grüttner announced. September 15 as the additional deadline would then be decisive for the payment of the lump sum to these institutions. As Grüttner reported, the start-up funding was "extremely well received" by the participating institutions. The prerequisite is that this creates additional groups or new facilities.
- Evaluation of the Hessian Child Promotion Act:
The Hessian Child Promotion Act is to be scientifically evaluated by the end of 2016. A scientific institute will evaluate all changes to the Hessian Child and Youth Welfare Code, in particular the new minimum standards and state funding. A corresponding concept for the evaluation was presented during the round table. The participants were able to contribute their suggestions. In particular, questions regarding the flexible design of the opening times of daycare centers, the simplification of the operating permit and registration procedure, the implementation of inclusion and the use of quality flat rates should be addressed in the evaluation. In addition, the specialist practice should be able to accompany the evaluation via a specialist advisory board.
"A large number of the providers do not yet work according to the Hessian Child Promotion Act, but use the transitional regulations. It can be seen here that the carriers still have time for the adjustments need. However, we also find that many carriers will have more money available in the future, ”says Grüttner.
The Minister assessed the framework agreement on integration place, which the League of Free Welfare Associations negotiated with the local umbrella organizations, as positive. "As a result, high standards can still be ensured for the joint care of children with and without disabilities. It was and is particularly important to me that when admitting children with disabilities, the group size in particular has to be reduced and additional specialist hours have to be held in order to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. ”The family minister had campaigned for this and mediated between the parties. On Grüttner’s initiative, talks were held in the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration. In the 2014 financial year, the Hessian state government is making another 10 million euros available for this purpose and will increase the state funding for children with disabilities when the new framework agreement is concluded. As soon as the framework agreement is presented to us, we will go into legal implementation, ”announced the family minister.
- Quality in childcare / education and upbringing plan (BEP) / language support:
“The survey showed that the Hessian education and upbringing plan for children from 0 to 10 years is a very good and recognized framework for quality standards in day care centers and the Have created day care for children. The continuous support of the specialists is well received. This also shows the great willingness of all actors to implement early childhood education in a targeted manner. In total, we have already trained and trained around 33,000 people. The state government of Hesse has given high priority to the technical development of the BEP in the new legislative period, ”said Grüttner. Language promotion in particular will be the focus here. The basis for language education in daycare centers is the concept of the so-called everyday integrated language, which is designed for targeted language promotion through natural interaction in everyday life. "In future, this area will be given a broader focus in educational work as a cross-cutting issue," said the Minister of Family Affairs. "We also take up the wish to establish parenting partnerships with parents more firmly in the area of the education and upbringing plan as a wish from the discussions of the round table on childcare and will examine the implementation here," said Grüttner.
- Child Day Care:
As with the care of children under the age of three in daycare centers, the needs of childminders and child minders vary greatly from region to region, the family minister explained the feedback from the porters on the round table. The participants also dealt with the question of quality development in day care for children. “The Hessian day care office for children, which presented its work at the round table, will continue to be an important guarantor of quality development in Hesse. We also started implementing the education plan for day care for children. We have also raised the qualification level for child day care workers to 160 hours for qualification. This shows that we attach great importance to this area in addition to childcare facilities, ”said Grüttner. Together with the youth welfare offices, the aim is to examine how to advertise childcare and thus raise awareness among parents as an equivalent alternative to childcare facilities.
"Despite the expansion of the offerings in day care centers, we have managed to significantly increase the number of educational specialists in recent years. In view of the increased number of apprentices, it is possible to meet the need for skilled workers in Hesse. Accordingly, it can be stated that we are on the right track in Hessen as a whole, but in some regions the need for skilled workers is high. We will deal intensively with this topic in the staff unit for specialists, which will be located at the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration from August 1st, ”said Grüttner. In order to attract specialists and meet their needs, the participants in the round table discussed various aspects such as the use of older specialists, increasing part-time employment, expanding childcare and initiatives to attract career changers. It also dealt with various training models, in particular an orientation towards in-company training. The evaluation should therefore also take up how the practical instruction in the facilities of prospective educators can be improved.
In conclusion, Grüttner emphasized that he had got the impression that the "craft-based and successful work of the Hessian state government in the ambitious expansion of the U3 in 2013 and the massive use of funds of 425 million euros on average per year convinced most of the actors" that it " We are serious about doing a good job here for the families in Hessen. Because it is a matter close to our hearts and it applies: Hessen has a sense of family. "
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