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German daycare centers lack 120,000 educators: study

English.news.cn   2014-07-25 21:03:21

BERLIN, July 25 (Xinhua) -- German daycare centers need 120,000 additional educators for a good early childhood education, according to a study of the Bertelsmann Foundation published on Friday.

That would cost Germany 5 billion euros (6.7 billion U.S. dollars) yearly and the personnel expenses in the area would increase by one-third, as the Bertelsmann Foundation has calculated.

The analysis also showed clear east-west disparity concerning the staffing ratio inside Germany.

Therefore, Joerg Draeger from the foundation's Management Board required quality standards that apply throughout the country in the German federal law on daycare centers.

According to the analysis, an educator must take care of 6.3 children in East Germany statistically, while an educator needs to face 3.8 children on average in West Gremany.

In Bremen and Baden-Wuerttemberg, an educator is responsible for an average of three children, in Saxony-Anhalt, however, for more than six children.

In practice, the supervisory relationship is even more unfavorable, as it said in the study.

In fact, educators could only spend 75 percent of their time for the kids, with the rest attributable to team talks, training and vacation, so an educator supervises in East Germany at least eight children and in West Germany five children.

For a child-friendly and educationally meaningful service, the foundation required that an educator is responsible for a maximum of three children when it comes to children under three years old, and the staffing ratio should be no worse than 1 to 7.5 for the age group of three years and above.

"Policies and practices should agree on nationwide child-friendly standards, so that all children in daycare center in Germany can have good educational opportunities," Draeger said.

Editor: Fu Peng
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