Berlin Tackles Childcare Crisis, Scraps Kindy Fees

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Hiring a nanny to care for the kids while parents work can be costly. Should the government step in to provide free daycare? Here's what Berlin came up with. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/01/greens-among-critics-as-pre-school-berliners-get-free-childcare
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This is a remarkable and progressive move by the Berlin government. I do hope that the others follow. This can help more families from needing to work 2-3 jobs just to get by.
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Europe is really making some waves! It's enviable how their government sees this and others do not.
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There will be more people who will move to states that have free childcare. How will the German states handle this? That will be an issue.
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I think it's only right that kindergarten fees are removed. This should be part of the benefits you enjoy from the taxes you pay. Although I am worried that with it being free, quality of education might suffer.
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I believe that this is a great first step. There's more to it that free kindergarten. What about the next few years?
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I don't get how providing free childcare will threatened the childcare infrastructure? It will simply move it away from an informal setting to an more formal one.
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I'm more concerned about the quality of education they'll get. It's a known fact that quality suffers when there are so much free benefits. The costs will balloon for the government and how long can they sustain it?
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Parents can at least save with the cutting of kindergarten fees. They may pay for the food and other extra but that's still savings for them. They could use the money somewhere for their kids.
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I don't get how providing free childcare will threatened the childcare infrastructure? It will simply move it away from an informal setting to an more formal one.
I agree! The government will now need to provide incentives for nannies and other childcare provide to obtain the necessary certificates or licenses or education if needed so they can qualify for these jobs.
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This a good first step but what comes after next..? I don't think the government thought it through.
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This is brilliant! I hope more follow in the footsteps!!
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The city really is stepping up to their promise of making the city family-friendly. I hope other countries follow them since childcare is always the next best option for working parents to bring their kids to.
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I don't see what the fuss is about. This is supposed to be a benefit that the children of any country should already be enjoying. You pay a lot for taxes and where does it go right?
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I think some countries in Europe are providing free education until college so why stop at kindergarten? You need to do more for your people.
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children can be handful
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I think some countries in Europe are providing free education until college so why stop at kindergarten? You need to do more for your people.
I think it depends on how the government manages it's funds. I do hope that they would put their citizens first above all else.
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