On 18-19 May, the ministers for youth and family affairs of the German Länder came together to talk about future steps in improving the quality in childcare services in Germany. The aim was to adopt common key parameters for a so-called quality development law. After heavy discussion, the Länder ministers finally agreed on a set of common parameters, which will work as a roadmap to achieve better quality of childcare throughout Germany.
Previously, COFACE Families Europe member AGF had initiated a Joint Declaration on the topic which, supported by about 30 stakeholders (family organisations, child rights organisations, trade unions and childcare service providers), presumably had a substantial impact on this outcome. In 2016, a first report was published, where Bund and Länder had already agreed on quality aspects and aims that need to be addressed. With the now achieved agreement on the common key parameters, the negotiations between the Federal Ministry for Families, Elderly, Women and Youth and the ministries of the Länder have reached the next level, focussing on the practical implementation of the required quality improvements.
Read more here (in German).