The five day-care centers of the Paritätischer Verein Heidekreis participate in the state-wide campaign against the plans of the Lower Saxony state government to amend the day-care center law. Good quality in early childhood education and upbringing requires a modern daycare law as the basis. The draft that has now been submitted is a great disappointment for all educational professionals and should not become law, according to a joint statement. And other day-care centers take part in the protest. Educators from 66 day-care centers recently took part in a regional video conference. “They reacted angrily, because the current draft law still negates the most important educational necessities,” explains Ver.di spokesman and long-time child care center representative Heinz-Dieter “Charly” Braun.
For 27 years, specialists, parents, children and providers of daycare centers in Lower Saxony have been waiting for the law to be reformed. The requirements for high quality early childhood education have changed significantly. The challenges to the institutions are steadily increasing. But the new law does not contain any of the long-requested changes to the framework conditions, such as an improvement in the skilled worker-child key in kindergarten groups and the associated improvement in the working conditions of educational professionals.
Small group sizes have proven their worth
A letter from Kita and Hort Grünstraße in Walsrode states: “The very demanding time (especially for parents) of the lockdown emergency groups on the other hand also made it clear how much more quality working with fewer children per skilled worker enables. ” Society has been changing for a long time, which is also reflected in changes in family situations. A trusting bond between the children and the caring professionals in the facilities is more necessary than ever, but this must finally be reflected in an appropriate personnel key. In the current daycare bill, no improvements are planned. “We urgently ask for the following to be stipulated in the law: three socio-educational specialists per kindergarten group, significantly more time for preparation, parental work and more time off for managerial tasks. We are disappointed because we assumed that this fact is not only well known, but would also be reflected in the new bill. “
The joint kindergartens add: The situation that 25 children between the ages of three and six with different family languages, interests, needs and resources are looked after all day by only two specialists and their development encouraged, urgently needs to be improved. These measures are particularly important to counteract the shortage of skilled workers, to make the workplace attractive again, to attract skilled workers and to keep them in the daycare center. The right to an integrative day-care center is also missing. An inclusive orientation of the offers of early childhood education is therefore not intended.
The focus should not be on “cost-neutral”
Together with the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband Niedersachsen, those responsible for the daycare centers in the Heidekreis are also campaigning for the gradual introduction of the third person in the kindergarten groups, for an increase in the time off for daycare managers, for an increase in the preparation times for pedagogical specialists, for an inclusive orientation early childhood education, against the lowering of professional standards for educational staff as well as for refinancing and legal stipulation of specialist advice. “We call on politicians to use the amendment to the Kita-Gesetz for really qualitative improvements and not to limit themselves to cost-neutral administrative adjustments. The educational opportunities of our children cannot be realized cost-neutrally. ” However, every cent that the public purse invests in education is worth it.
So that the new daycare law is not passed without taking into account the demands from professional practice in the state parliament, not only the parity e daycare centers are planning activities such as a postcard campaign with signatures to the Minister of Education in Lower Saxony, Grant Hendrik Tonne.