Statutory state parent representation for daycare and after-school care parents is a long way off. On Thursday, the governing parties rejected the initiative by the Greens, SPD and FDP in the social committee. The criticism: too much fluctuation and alternative opportunities for participation. Parental involvement is “not an end in itself,” complained Social Affairs Minister Ulrike Scharf (CSU). It’s about representing parents’ interests across the board. The bill focuses too much on urban areas.
A state parents’ association (LEV) should be given the right to be heard in the event of changes in the law and be represented with an office in the Ministry of Social Affairs. Parents should be systematically involved in topics such as daycare fees, inclusion, the Good Daycare Act or Corona rules. It’s a controversial topic that’s been coming up for decades.
Minister Scharf nevertheless indicated openness. Adequate parental involvement is very important to her personally. “Parental participation – yes. As the draft is now – no.” Next, the law will be dealt with in the second reading in the state parliament. Bavaria is one of the few federal states without an institutionalized LEV.