Children are poorly cared for in day care centers in the East

A poster with the caption Kita Come in & Burn Out can be seen during a demonstration in front of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Finance. The trade union Verdi has called for a nationwide action day with warning strikes in social and educational services. Marijan Murat / dpa

In Berlin, there are probably only a few mothers who have never left their daycare children with a bad feeling in daycare or kindergarten. Not only in the cold season there is often a shortage of staff, often too few educators take care of too many children. The care key is called that – it has not been sitting in front or behind for a long time.

An appeal to the federal government now underscores the nauseating feeling that creeps in parents when groups in day care centers have to merge, when a teacher sits on a chair in the middle of two rooms and has to keep an eye on two groups when external substitutes arrive, well-known educators must join other groups. This often has nothing to do with extensive support for the children. The little ones go to a facility and are cared for. At best, they are busy with their friends. That is it.

There is a lack of educators in East German day care institutions

The situation is particularly precarious in the East German states. According to the inquiry, educators care for a particularly large number of children at the same time. The staff ratio in the east is well above the national average of 3.8 children per. skilled.

That children go to nursery and kindergarten is even more strongly rooted here than in the west. When mom goes to work early in the morning …. But the fact that there are not enough kindergarten teachers to meet the demand, which is actually welcome, is a real problem.

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On average, an educational specialist in Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is responsible for a total of five children under the age of three and therefore for two more children than in the other federal states, according to on a response from the federal government to a request coming from the Left Group.

Anyone who has ever had to look after five such small children knows that it can not work. Diapers need to be changed, noses cleaned, tears wiped, refugees collected, books read aloud. Eating, napping, digging and so on and so forth – such a day in day care is hard work for both children and adults.

Caring for the child at home is often not an option for working parents. dpa / Christin Klose

Even in kindergarten groups of children from the age of three, the staffing ratio in the new federal states is higher than in the old federal states.

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, it is particularly bad in day care institutions

Therefore, a particularly large number of children were cared for by educators in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. One specialist is responsible for an average of 5.6 children under the age of three, and for those over the age of three, there are an average of 12 children per year. pedagogue. This places the state well above the national average. This is 3.8 for children under three years and 8.1 for children over three years.

Children must be supported and stimulated in day care institutions and after-school centers. There is not enough time to respond to their needs. dpa / Monika Skolimowska

The information, which was originally reported by the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, is based, among other things, on data from the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Therefore, employees in social professions also complain about stressful working conditions. “Many social and educational workers have been working at the border for years,” criticized left-wing politician Pascal Meiser. more money is not the only thing that helps.

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The trade union ver.di has now called for nationwide warning strikes. Among other things, she demands that the 300,000 municipal educators and social workers be paid better. According to the federal government’s response, all employees in these occupations work together over 16 million hours of overtime per year, of which about half are unpaid. Imagine if everyone worked to rule.

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