Investigating day care is a wake-up call for the minister

Minister for Children and Education Mattias Tesfaye (S) has sent a letter to the country’s municipalities on Friday to emphasize that they have part of the responsibility for the quality in nurseries.

He is doing this after a new, large survey – the first of its kind – has shown that the quality in nearly four out of ten nurseries is insufficient.

– I would like for us as a society and in the municipalities to have a much more qualitative discussion about what kind of quality is being delivered in the municipalities, he says.

He points out that the quality of the daycare services for the 0-2-year-olds varies greatly, even if the resources and the financial framework are the same.

– There are some places that are world class. I myself have a daughter in a day care at Copenhagen’s Vestegn, which is insanely good. And then there are other places where it is really bad, says Mattias Tesfaye.

– It is probably more of an inquiry from me that we now have a joint task. Some of the responsibility lies with Christiansborg, but some of the responsibility also lies with the town halls, he says.

A quality survey of the municipal day care services for 0-2-year-old children was carried out for the Ministry of Children and Education by the Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA) and the National Research and Analysis Center for Welfare (VIVE).

The results for daycare centers show that 13 percent have good quality, 49 percent have sufficient quality, while 38 percent have insufficient quality.

– I am primarily concerned about the quality of many of our children, who spend a large part of their daily life in nurseries. I am also happy that we have a report which can be used as a catalog of inspiration to raise the quality, says the minister.

– Because in addition to being a wake up call, it is also a gift, because it is actually quite well described what is the difference between low quality and high quality in educational work.

Mattias Tesfaye emphasizes that measures are already underway to improve the quality of the daycare services.

Among other things, the law on minimum norms, which comes into force next year, will mean that there must be, on average, one adult for three children in nurseries and one adult for six children in kindergartens.

In addition, money has been set aside from the Finance Act to upgrade the educational staff in the day care institutions.

Initially, the day care services for the 0-2 year olds have been examined and in the autumn the day care services for the 3 to 5 year olds will be examined.

The minister fears that it will show the same fluctuating quality.

– I find it difficult to see why the kindergarten age group should look very different from the nursery age group, he says.

– That’s why I think it’s just as well that we in the kindergarten area can start working with the same quality standards and not sit and wait for a new report to come out.

A number of parties have called the minister into consultation about the quality of the day care services.


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