Hamburg significantly expanded its day care facilities for children. Since August, all children aged one and older are guaranteed a place in a kindergarden, crèche, or other day care institution. This makes Hamburg a market leader in West Germany, reports the Day Care State Monitor 2013 published by Bertelsmann Foundation.
From summer 2014 onward, the basic day care scheme, covering five hours including lunch, will be offered for free to parents of children in the crèche or kindergarden section. For young pupils, 200 out of Hamburg‘s 203 elementary schools provide free education and day care until four o‘clock. Nearly two-third, i.e. 36,677 out of the 56,400 children in the grades 0 to 4 now stay at school until 16:00.
With 200 elementary schools participating in the extension of hours, the provision of day care at public schools quadrupled in the past 30 months. In 2010/11, day care was only offered by 53 schools.