More staff, high quality language support and more health and exercise programmes: the Federal Cabinet has passed the Children’s Daycare Quality Act. In order to improve the quality of children’s daycare, the Federal Government will provide four billion euros for the Länder over the next two years.
Quality early childhood care lays the crucial foundations for a successful education. For this reason, the Federal Government is seeking to achieve targeted improvements in the quality of children’s daycare.
“All children in Germany should have access to good early childhood education – no matter where they live, and no matter whether their parents are wealthy or poor. This is why we are investing four billion euros in the quality of children’s daycare and early childhood education in the next two years alone,” said Federal Minister for Family Affairs Lisa Paus after the Federal Cabinet passed the Children’s Daycare Quality Act.
The new legislation includes the following:
As early as 2019, a law on the “further development of quality and participation in children’s daycare” came into force, the so-called Good Childcare Act. This law is now to be carried forward and developed further, based on the recommendations derived from an impact assessment.
The Federal Government aims to provide a total of 4 billion euros for the Länder in 2023 and 2024 to finance the measures under the new Children’s Daycare Quality Act.
By the end of the legislative period, the Federal Government intends to take a further step in developing the new Children’s Daycare Quality Act – as agreed on in the coalition agreement – to establish legislation on quality development based on nationwide standards.
In this way, the Federal Government is making an important contribution to creating equal opportunities for all children by improving the quality of early childhood education and making it easier to reconcile family life and work.