Insufficient after-school places for children – carriers terminate contracts with parents

Rostock / Sanitz.Will thousands of families be left without afternoon care for their children from the end of the summer? Because the after-school places for 1st and 2nd grade are no longer enough, the first providers in the country terminate the care contracts for the “big ones”. For fourth grade students. Children being cared for by the German Red Cross in Hort Sanitz are among those affected. Children starting fourth grade after the summer are only exceptionally given a daycare place.

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And Sanitz should not be an isolated case, several MV district offices confirm. The State Parents’ Council blames the municipalities and the state: They have failed to set up after-school centers and schools well.

Hurry to after school due to the contribution exemption in MV

The problem: According to the provider, there are a total of 88 after-school places available in Sanitz municipality near Rostock. But these no longer last from summer onwards, as more and more families move from Rostock to the “prosperity belt”.

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Above all, the after-school center is feeling the effects of the grant exemption that the state introduced on 1 January 2020, says Susann Wieland from the German Red Cross in Bad Doberan. Because when parents still had to pay for after-school care, many parents would have terminated the childcare contracts from fourth grade onwards. It’s different now.

“Therefore, there are no longer enough vacancies for the 1st classes. We offer all parents a conversation to talk to them about their situation and make a priority list, “said the DRK board member.

With this letter, DRK in Sanitz announced the continuation schools for upcoming fourth grades.

Wieland also says: “This situation not only affects our provider, also at other leisure centers, sometimes only 1st and 2nd class contracts are entered into to deal with this problem.” There are currently more than 13,000 third graders in the Country.

Problems in almost all counties

The Güstrow District Office, which is in charge of post-secondary education in the Rostock district, also confirms that there are problems in many places: “We were told that post-secondary school space needs could not be met elsewhere either. The district is in negotiations with the responsible bodies and the municipalities, “said the district’s spokesman Kay-Uwe Neumann. He does not mention places. The district first heard about the Sanitz case from OZ: “But this approach from a carrier was already practiced in exceptional cases in the past, insofar as there were no vacant after-school places for those to be enrolled in the school.”

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Comment: Again, the parents bathe it

The district of northwestern Mecklenburg also reports that terminations of care contracts for fourth-grade students are also the order of the day there. “If possible, with the consent of the parents of 4th graders, childcare contracts are terminated or the providers enter into childcare contracts from the beginning only to the end of 3rd grade to be able to give 1st graders an after-school care place,” explains spokeswoman Wiebke Reichenbach.

The Vorpommern-Rügen district, on the other hand, says that “comparable cases” are not known. And from Rostock – with a supply percentage of after-school places of 84.8 percent in the top group nationwide – reports social senator Steffen Bockhahn (left): “I would not recommend any provider to terminate childcare contracts in Rostock. Children up to the age of 12 have the right to care. “That is also correct:” We all want compatibility between family and work, participation for children. “

Has politics slept?

From 2026, parents nationwide must have a legal right to an after-school place. The terminated childcare contracts are solely a matter between the parents and the provider, according to the responsible school and day care ministry under Minister Simone Oldenburg (left). And it is the districts that are responsible for ensuring that sufficient after-school places are offered, says ministry spokesperson Anke Rösler.

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The State Parents’ Council, on the other hand, fears that the problems will only get worse: “It has been known for years that the number of children to be cared for is increasing,” says parent spokesperson Kay Czerwinski. “Even in fourth grade, children still need care.” Providers had failed to provide adequate offers and staff.

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