MIL OSI – Source: Destatis Statistisches Bundesamt – In English –
Headline: Number of children under three years in day care increases by nearly 4%
Number of children under three years in day care increases by nearly 4%
Today the Act on the further quantitative and qualitative development of day care for children was approved by the Bundesrat. In April this year the Bundestag decided to provide the Länder and municipalities with over 1.1 billion euros for strengthening child day care. For instance, a total of 100,000 additional day care places are to be created for children by 2020.
On 1 March 2016, a total of roughly 2.7 million children under six years received day care in Germany. 719,600 (27%) of them were less than three years old. Compared with a year earlier, the number of children in this age group who received day care increased by 3.8%. Regarding children aged three to five, the relevant number was up 1.6%.
On the reference day, the percentage of children under three years in child care was 32.7% in the country as a whole. In 2015, it was just a little higher (32.9%). The percentage of children in child care refers to the proportion of children under three years – within all children of this age group – who actually receive day care in day care centres or by publicly funded child minders.