Overview of the entire project

The implementation of the Kinderförderungsgesetz (Child Support Act, KiföG) is put to the test annually according to a comprehensive evaluation concept. With the KiföG evaluation reports, the federal government fulfils its obligation under § 24a Paragraph 5 SGB VIII to submit an annual report to the German Bundestag on the status of daycare expansion which provides information on the development of the level of provision, the level of expansion achieved and the requirement for further development. Each report focuses separately on one subject area.

The basis for all reports is the data from the official child and youth welfare statistics on the state of expansion. This is a complete survey of all 51,500 daycare facilities and all 572 youth welfare offices as of March 1 of the corresponding year.

Four additional surveys on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth (BMFSFJ) supplement this database:

  • Firstly, a voluntary survey is conducted each previous year among all youth welfare offices at the district or municipal level. (A complete survey of all youth welfare offices in Germany. Despite being voluntary, the survey conducted by post and online showed a great response. Approximately 60 percent took part in the survey.)
  • Secondly, a nationwide survey of daycare personnel (Tagespflegepersonen) is conducted annually. (For the representative sample, about 3,600 of the approximately 42,700 daycare personnel in Germany are interviewed.)
  • Thirdly, a survey of daycare institutions is also conducted repeatedly and nationwide. (The representative random sample, stratified by federal states, covers almost 6,800 childcare facilities. The net sample includes about 1,900 surveyed facilities, which, after deducting the systematic dropout, corresponds to a response rate of 33 percent.)
  • Fourthly, an annual survey of parents shows the perspective of parents with children under three years of age. (The representative survey comprises about 800 children per age cohort.)

On behalf of the BMFSFJ, the DJI conducted an additional survey to AID:A 2009 in preparation for the KiföG Report 2011, which on the one hand covers the childcare situation in the panel of children aged 1.5 to 3 years at the new survey date and on the other hand includes a new survey of children aged 0.5 to 1.5 years at this date.


This additional study, a parent survey with children aged 0 to under 3 years, is intended to examine the following aspects in particular in greater detail:

  • Use of childcare offers (institutional but also private) for children under three years
  • The parents' reasons for using or not using the institutional childcare offer
  • Parents' wishes and demands on childcare offers (quality and quantity)
  • Current and future childcare demand in Germany for this age group

The KiföG-Länderbefragung (KiföG federal state survey) is a survey of parents with children under the age of three composed of 16 representative studies, one for each federal state.

The survey is based primarily on telephone interviews. If parents did not find time for a telephone interview, there was also the option of completing an online questionnaire or participating in a written survey. The survey records the childcare situation and the demand for childcare of parents in the individual federal states. Furthermore, the household situation was surveyed and socio-demographic questions were asked about the respondent (AP) and their partner. The scope of the observations is approx. 12,600 respondents in each case.

The aim of the survey was to provide differentiated information at the federal state level on the use of daycare for children in institutional daycare facilities or with daycare personnel as well as on the care demands.

Evaluation reports of the nationwide parents' survey


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