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Childcare : Berlin's hoarding threatens a massive bottleneck

an open letter to have turned neukölln teachers in Berlin education Senator Sandra Scheeres (SPD) and the free access to the school hoard warned. To avoid massive space and personnel problems, had to abandon the coalition, already from the summer of the charges and the need to abolish examination for classes 1 and 2, is a of their claims. The letter submitted to the daily mirror, it was decided by the staff meeting of the neukölln teachers and educators.

"The goal is good - but the conditions"

missing so Far was the visit to the day care center is tied to the parents to demonstrate their need and pay fees. The want to change the SPD parliamentary group, to make even children whose parents do not work, the hoard accessible – a goal that the educators find it right in the face of high funding needs. But you are demanding that first, the conditions created would have to be: more Horträume, more staff.

it is Already foreseeable that there will be serious consequences if the barriers fall in the summer: daily mirror-request, informed the education authorities on Sunday that it expects the summer with around 9100 additional Hortkindern in class 1 and 2 per school of approximately 30 children. This means that, on average, at least one additional space is needed. This, however, is the districts of great problems, because the primary schools are already full.

for free school meals you will need more space

The accounts of the administration of education is based on 2017/18 and goes like this: at the Time, around 52,000 children learned in grades 1 and 2. You have to 11,000 visited no Hort. The administration now expects from this group, approximately 80 percent of the hoard, when he is free of charge and without the need for trial. This would be facilitated also by the fact that the school Lunches should be free. What would be the next Problem, because the schools have not come far all sufficiently large canteens, kitchens and stay. The educational administration refers to this point, however, the districts - most recently this Monday in response to a request from the green education expert Marianne Burkert-Eulitz.

The management now wants to know first all the data

raise even more on the foreseeable Hortbedarf – so far we only have the above estimate, it will start the Senate administration for education, from today, Monday, the end of the winter holidays, a query: It would be carried out by the regional School inspectorates "in discussions with all the schools for the collection of forecast data," said Scheeres' spokesman Thorsten Metter on demand.

all the aspects "which are associated with the removal of the needs test for the supplementary support and care for pupils of grades 1 and 2, would be" taken into account. The results of this data collection should therefore form the basis for the preparation of the future school year.

The education authority is confident

In the letter, the concerns expressed Metter said that the geographical conditions would "ensure". Also, would 15. February nearly 50 other educators with in-service training begin and also the Senate will publish a further vacancy for teacher primary and special schools. Therefore, one can assume "that the resulting increased demand for the schools can be met". However, Scheeres’ authority to take the Concerns of the teachers seriously.

A response is not received, the sender of the interior. The letter was decided in December and early January pass, reported one of the initiators.

"A clown in the broom closet don't"

"I wonder how you will cope with it," commented on Sunday Astrid Sabine buses Hortpläne. The head of the primary school in the Köllnischen Heide is also the Chairman of the representation of the interests of Berlin school boards (IBS). Just buses received the message that a candidate is backed out, the wanted to make her in-service training for the teacher and the place now to compete.

"personnel missing", underlines buses to the Concerns that speak from the open letter: The Hoard to compete with the nurseries to the scarce educational personnel. Already in the summer of 2018, the administration of education was assumed that the demand in the first two grades of the Stockpile could rise to around 225 educators - while at the same time, many educators retire.

Also, the missing spaces are a Problem, confirmed buses. Finally, it is not enough "to hang a puppet in a broom closet", if you need an additional Hortraum.

"It runs on a large Gau", feared the coordinating educator in a primary school in the middle of it. Inevitably, more children would have the afternoon in the class room to spend, because you could not get along without this "double use" with the rooms. The will be able to run on "more Stress" for children and staff, he said to the daily mirror.

What happens in the holidays?

In the open letter, but they raised other issues. This includes that primary schools so far, often in clusters close together the holiday care. Now the fear is that a lot more children come in the Ferienhort, so that it should not be more rich, only individual schools to keep them open. If, however, all schools need to offer a Ferienhort, it would mean that much more educational work than in the past during the holidays and your vacation in the middle of the school year. In consequence they were missing in the school.

"complicates the life of a school, many times, is a burden on the educators and teachers in addition to and at risk ladies, among other things, the cooperation with our Teachers," warn the Authors of the letter. The accompaniment of the wall days can trips, Class and classroom courses will not be ensured by teachers"". In addition, the teachers are calling for a legally safe for at least three weeks of mandatory vacation for the children, to prevent parents to send you constantly in the hoard.

consequences for the inclusion

If more children are coming than before in the Ferienhort, it would also impact on the support children: While the teachers may cooperate in the school with the special education teachers and social workers, be provided in the holiday "alone": Not each school had sufficient Professional education to appropriate care for the children during the holidays.

Therefore, the teachers of the Senator's call for a "faster, straightforward assessment process for children with a need for integration" and a much higher key of specialist teachers: "for us, the focal point of Neukölln, where many unidentified children with emotional-social deficits, this is of particular importance," reads the warning.

"Exclusive holiday offer" for the Senator

At the end of your letter ask the Authors a much better pay - the pay group 10, and you have for the Senator is an "exclusive holiday offer" for the autumn holidays in 2019. It reads: "you can Spend 14 days 6 to 18 at an all-inclusive holiday in a class room of a neukölln school".

The open letter of the teachers in the text is available here (as a PDF).

note: The claim of the teachers to "free school meals" is now obsolete: It was only decided upon after the letter had been written.

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