Many BW day care centers can no longer meet their supervisory obligations – SWR Aktuell

A new study shows the extent of the shortage of skilled workers in day care centers in Baden-Württemberg. Many employees can no longer look after the children as described.

A third of all day care centers are not working for at least four working days. This is shown by a new study by the Association for Education and Training (VBE), which was presented on Monday. She said that does not meet the requirements to comply with the duty of supervision in day care centers. Staff shortages, health concerns, discretion – these are the topics that are currently concerned with the managers of day care centers in Baden-Württemberg. The results of the nationwide study were presented in detail to the German KITA Management Conference in Stuttgart.

“It has never been worse.”

Association calls for 80,000 new jobs for BW . day care centers

To take care of a proper quality, twice as many educational staff are needed currently available in the facilities. According to VBE Head of State Gerhard Brand, there are approximately 80,000 additional jobs. Officials must act now. Many day care centers can no longer care for children as required.

Any further delay would amount to a failure to provide assistance.”


Baden-Württemberg Municipal Day raises the alarm due to the shortage of skilled workers in nurseries. The state government promises to take measures to improve the situation.

Few employees have to take care of many children

According to the study results, a U-3 specialist has to care for five or more children in four out of ten daycare centers. The number deviates significantly from the scientific recommendation of 1:3 for the ratio of skilled workers to children. Zone U-3 includes childcare under the age of three. For them, reliable ties and relationships are of particular importance for development.

VBE President: Strong pressure to act

In almost every tenth day-care center in Baden-Württemberg, a specialist has to care for eight or more children. In the Ü-3 district, the actual ratio of staff to children in nearly three-quarters of all daycares is worse than the scientific recommendation, which is 1:7.5.

“Despite all the reported attacks by skilled workers, the problem has not improved, on the contrary, it has worsened,” VBE state chief Gerhard Brand of the German news agency said in the run-up to the conference. The pressure to act now is enormous – especially given the need for care that is not yet covered. Other challenges are the integration of traumatized refugee children from Ukraine or competition for skilled workers from the primary school sector. According to the brand, there is also a statutory right to all-day care for children of primary school age as of 2026.


During a Verdi trade union meeting, educators engage in a collective bargaining dispute between municipal social and educational services by brandishing their strike jackets.  (Photo: dpa Bildfunk, picture alliance / dpa | Roland Weihrauch)

Parents can breathe a sigh of relief: In the social order’s collective bargaining dispute, the parties to collective bargaining come to an abrupt agreement, shutting nurseries off the table. Teachers want more recognition.

GEW calls for campaign to improve working conditions

The Federation for Education and Science in Baden-Württemberg (GEW) is calling on the state government and day care providers to launch their own campaign to increase quality in day care centres. “If a large auto group says it will stop production due to a shortage of skilled workers, you can be sure that the PM will be at your door the next day, providing support and strategic dialogue,” GEW President Monica Stein said in writing. GEW came up with different numbers for the shortfall, but here too there is a great need to make up for this shortfall.

According to the head of GEW, there will be about 40,000 teachers missing in Baden-Württemberg alone in the coming years. The reason is to expand the width of the daycare center. Day care centers can only compete in the labor market if their working conditions are better.

“Baden-Württemberg must become a day care centre”.

Many participants from Baden-Württemberg

About 2,000 daycare managers from Baden-Württemberg alone participated in the study – so most of the 4,827 participants came from the state. The association said that the study provides answers to the question of what motivates nursery staff and shows a comprehensive picture of working conditions and challenges.

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