On June 8, all children in North Rhine-Westphalia should be able to return to day care centers, with limited regular operation. In a TV political talk, Prime Minister Laschet stirs the advertising drum for this step back towards normalcy.
North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet has campaigned for the planned start of restricted regular operations in daycare centers in his state. “And when you see that beer gardens have opened in Bavaria in the meantime, I think the children deserve care too,” said the CDU politician on the “ARD Extra” program.
He always pleaded to weigh up “what damage can we do if children have not been in daycare for over eight weeks now, and we are now trying to take a little into account.”
In North Rhine-Westphalia, all children should be able to return to their day-care centers and day care from June 8 – in a restricted regular operation. The boys and girls should only be looked after to a limited extent, 15 to 35 hours per week.
Individual answers needed
Laschet referred to the demand from several medical associations for an end to the daycare operations in the Corona crisis that had been imposed. The prime minister emphasized planned hygiene measures and also emphasized: “Of course you have to adapt this to every single day care center.” He explained: “And there you will experience the daycare centers in rural areas differently than in densely populated cities. You need individual answers.”
The return of the children to their daycare centers after the corona forced break is regulated differently in each federal state. Baden-Württemberg, for example, already has limited regular operations, but a maximum of 50 percent of the children who normally visit the facility can be looked after at the same time. In Bavaria, more children should gradually be allowed to go back to kindergartens and crèches – in mid-June after Pentecost holidays, there should be care facilities for around 80 percent of eligible children.