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Joint declaration on quality standards in daycare facilities for children

 Joint declaration on quality standards for child care ficilities

A high quality in early childhood care and education pays off - not just for the children themselves, but also for society. This is because high quality care and education can effectively compensate different starting conditions and future opportunities of the children. It contributes to reduce educational disadvantages, to overcome poverty and to economically and socially stabilize life courses.


We highly welcome that the different governmental levels have reacted to the rising demand for child care and has recently strongly expanded child care facilities and child day care. Now the quality of child care has to be discussed more intensely as well. This is the only way to ensure that every child is adequately supported in its development and education towards a self reliable and socially competent personality.

To achieve this urgently necessary improvement of the quality of child care, we need both serious political efforts as well as considerable additional financial expenses, for which the federal level, the states and the municipalities hold a joint responsibility.

Additionally, public and private bodies, trade unions, non-governmental organizations and parent representatives need to collaboratively accompany this process of quality improvement.

In order to secure a high quality of child care all over Germany, scientifically sound standards, mandatory and nationwide, need to be implemented.



These standards must deal with the following quality aspects:


  • Access to early child care services: Opening and closing times, all-day offers and costs for families
  • Qualification of educational staff including nationwide standardized regulations for their training
  • Educational staff - child - ratio and group sizes: The ratio must include only educational professionals and the maximum group size must be according to the needs and ages of the children
  • Guidelines for the pedagogical work respecting the rights as codified in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, i.e. the right to play, education, participation and self-development
  • Responsible educational partnership: Relationship of child, parents and educational staff, having the best interest of the child at the center.
  • Permanent quality assurance and development: Monitoring on federal or state level as well as securing the organizational framework for further quality development.


Unterstützer der gemeinsamen Erklärung


- Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund
- Arbeiterwohlfahrt
- Bundeselternvertretung der Kinder in Kindertageseinrichtungen und Kindertagespflege
- Bundesvereinigung Lebenshilfe

- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Systemische Therapie, Beratung und  Familientherapie e. V.
- Deutsche Liga für das Kind
- Deutscher Familienverband
- Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund
- Deutscher Kinderschutzbund
- Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk
- Deutsches Netzwerk Schulverpflegung
- Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
- educcare
- evangelische arbeitsgemeinschaft familie
- Familienbund der Katholiken
- Fröbel-Gruppe
- Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft
- Karl-Kübel-Stiftung

- Konzept-e
- Der Paritätische - Gesamtverband
- Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Verband
- plattform ernährung und bewegung
- SOS-Kinderdorf
- Stiftung Lesen
- Stiftung Haus der kleinen Forscher
- Verband alleinerziehender Mütter und Väter
- Verband binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften
- Vereinigung der Waldorfkindergärten
- VPK - Bundesverband privater Träger der freien Kinder-, Jugend- und Sozialhilfe e. V.
- Zukunftsforum Familie



Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Familienorganisationen (AGF) e.V.
Sven Iversen, +49 30 - 2902825-70, info [@] ag-familie [.] de


Joint declaration on quality standards in child care


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