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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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Among Germany’s 16 states, Berlin is the first to abolish childcare fees. The city has kept up with its promise to be family-friendly and 10 other states have also agreed to cut fees. A worry with this is that underinvestment, underpaid carers and a lack of kindergarten places are likely to worsen as millions of euros are diverted to pay for the scheme. There are lots of issues of concern like the difficulty of getting a kindergarten place, the low pay of the carers, and the fact that there are not enough of them as well. The move hopes to encourage children with immigrant backgrounds to attend kindergarten to improve their language and social skills and improve the education chances of children from poorer backgrounds.
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Should other cities and countries follow Berlin's lead? What's your thoughts on this? Yay or nay and why?
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Wow, that is a great move by the German government! Some companies already provide free day care for their employees so making kindergarten free will encourage the parents to send their kids to school instead of just staying home.
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Wow, that is a great move by the German government! Some companies already provide free day care for their employees so making kindergarten free will encourage the parents to send their kids to school instead of just staying home.
I agree, it really is a great move! It is such an overlooked concern and I'm glad to see the Germany government stepping up. Free, or even subsidised, daycare is absolutely a step in the right direction
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Should other cities and countries follow Berlin's lead? What's your thoughts on this? Yay or nay and why?
Yes of course. Not only is it a convenient service, but I think it will contribute to employee productivity because as parents, they'll be more at ease and happier knowing that part of their life and finances is sorted. There's more good than bad in terms of implementing this in more cities and countries
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The government is taking one step towards the future of the children, that is a good move. But, just as the article says, they can't stop there. An overall good education, which includes good carers, and good standards of living, need to be ensured by the government. If they do that, the future of the children will be brighter.
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It's a financial relief for parents even if they have to pay for food in daycare centers. They will have to pay a €23 which is about £20 monthly fee for food and a monthly fee of €90 to cover extra activities such as sport and music lessons.
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The government is taking one step towards the future of the children, that is a good move. But, just as the article says, they can't stop there. An overall good education, which includes good carers, and good standards of living, need to be ensured by the government. If they do that, the future of the children will be brighter.
A friend lived in UK and the childcare there costs almost 30% of their income. Their parents, who are retired, had to step in and take care of their children.
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Parents would be happy about this because they get to save but future issues would eventually come up like sinking the city’s creaking childcare infrastructure.
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Great news for parents! Raising kids can really be expensive and if this helps them save then that's always a welcome change. Other states will follow Berlin eventually.
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Childcare can be very expensive and for those who are barely scraping by, this can be a great financial relief.
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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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