The previous reporting on the Kinderförderungsgesetz (Child Support Act; KiföG) pursued the objective of evaluating the development of the expansion of publicly funded U3 care. With the legal entitlement to such a place for all children from their first birthday onwards, the focus is shifting to the further development of the childcare offer. In addition to presenting the quantitative expansion and evaluating qualitative characteristics, the analyses of demand and wishes of parents play a role in this context for the years 2014 to 2016. The aim of the analyses is to obtain statements from parents on the care of their children under three years of age. To what extent does the familys’ situation reason the parental demand is one the questions that should be answered.

The following aspects are of particular interest:

  • Parents' expectations of the quality of institutional childcare,
  • Ideas of good childcare, and
  • Quantitative demands (expansion target 750,000 places or more?).

The KiföG Evaluation (2014-2016) takes on the one hand recourse to to official statistics on children and youth welfare as well as to an additional survey at youth welfare offices and daycare personnel (Tagespflegepersonen). On the other hand both the KiföG study and a further survey associated to AID:A (the DJI dataset Growing up in Germany), which reflect the perspective of parents with children under three years of age.


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