Quarterly figures: Significantly more children return to childcare

The number of children using childcare has again increased sharply: In the second quarter of 2022, a total of 887,000 children went to childcare. An increase of 58,000 compared to a year earlier. Children also spend more hours in childcare, an average of 64.5 hours per month.

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This appears from the quarterly report on childcare for the second quarter of 2022.

Quantity per care type

After-school care is experiencing the fastest growth: 432,000 children went there in the second quarter of 2022, 36,000 more than a year earlier (2021). The number of children attending daycare has also increased by 26,000 to 381,000 children. The number of children in day care has been falling for years. This is also reflected in this quarterly report: Childcare for 0 to 3-year-olds remains unchanged, but the number of school-age children (4 to 12-year-olds) using day care has fallen by 4,000 to 36,000. Total.

Increase the number of hours

Children use childcare for more hours per month than a year ago. This applies to almost all forms of care, except daycare: Children spend an average of 89.2 hours per month in daycare. For after-school education, it is 41.1 hours, almost an hour more than in 2021. Young children up to the age of 4 spend an average of 69.7 hours per month in day care, which is more than an hour less than in 2021. Older children spend an average of 37 hours per month, 2 hours for the daycare, 0.2 hours less than in 2021.

Hourly price development

The average hourly price is also always calculated in the quarterly reports. These figures are based on the rates parents pass on to the Tax Authorities/Supplementary Benefits and do not always match the rate charged by a childcare organisation, e.g.
because parents do not always pass on a rate that is above the maximum hourly rate to Tax/Additional Services. That said, the reported rates increased further in the second quarter of 2022. The difference between the maximum hourly rate (which the state reimburses through the care allowance) and the rates have increased for each type of care.

The difference is greatest for post-secondary education: The average price is 8.4 percent above the maximum hourly price. Parents pay an average of €7.92 per hour for out-of-school care, with a maximum reimbursement of €7.31. The difference of 0.61 euros is therefore paid in full by the parents themselves. The average rate in day care centers of 8.83 euros per hour is 3.8 percent above the maximum hourly rate. In the case of daycare, the parents pay comparatively the least themselves: The maximum hourly price for childcare for 0- to 3-year-olds is 6.52 euros, and parents pay an average of 6.57 euros per hour. Also for 4 to 12-year-olds, the maximum hourly price is 6.52 euros. For this, parents pay an average of 6.62 euros per hour to the daycare, via the daycare agency.

Number of facilities

Every quarter, the number of registered childcare offers is also examined. The number of daycare centers has increased by more than 100 in one year: from 9,059 in July 2021 to 9,163 in July 2022. The number of after-school care homes has also increased: from 7,615 in July 2021 to 7,709 in July 2022. the number of daycare centers has been decreasing for years , and in July 2022 the number of daycare places fell below 20,000 for the first time: 19,880 places are still registered (July 2022). A decrease of more than 2,000 places compared to the previous year.

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