Around two thirds of the children in North Rhine-Westphalia have not yet visited the daycare centers in February, the parents have followed the appeal by NRW Family Minister Joachim Stamp (FDP) to help reduce the number of corona infections by foregoing care.
As in January, the daycare fees have been waived so far. According to information from the “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger”, Stamp wants to lift this appeal on February 22nd; on this day, the schools in North Rhine-Westphalia are also to partially switch to face-to-face teaching again.
SPD criticizes the handling of daycare costs
In a position paper by the family policy spokesman for the SPD, Dennis Maelzer, which is available to this newspaper, it now states that, despite Stamps’ intention, the fees should be waived for the “entire February” period.
With the hint of the parliamentary group leader Bodo Löttgen that with the CDU one can only negotiate about a “top billing”, it should be concealed that “the CDU and FDP want to leave parents alone with the costs of the crisis”, the paper says The municipalities and the institutions responsible for the day-care center are responsible for the day-care fees. A “top bill” is a “bureaucratic monster” that the authorities and the municipalities would not get involved with, according to Maelzer – Wanting to charge fees “therefore seems like an appeal to” take advantage of the childcare facility again with immediate effect “.
Even the ministry’s advice that the existing regulations are only to be continued until February 22nd only appears to be a positive signal for parents at first glance. It would only lift the appeal to forego care.
“This would automatically mean that there would be no entitlement to children’s sick days and thus to wage replacement. No wage replacement and at the same time daycare fees left the majority of parents no choice. They would have to make use of the care. “For the daycare centers, so it says in the paper, this would be a cold start to full load -” without concrete improvements in infection protection “.
Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.
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