“Day care centers” may continue to exist at the beginning of the school year in September

Parliament saved on Tuesday, March 19, through a final vote by the Senate, the existence of “daycare centers”, structures that welcome children under 6 years of age, which could have disappeared at the beginning of the 2024 school year without legislative action. Senators largely adopted, without modification, a bill by MP Michèle Tabarot (Les Républicains, LR) aimed at “maintain kindergartens managed by a public authority or benefiting from public funding”.

The Senate rapporteur, Agnès Evren (LR), welcomed a “Vote expected by the families and professionals of these structures” which they offer, according to her, “a complementary system to daycare that works and has proven its effectiveness”.

“Children’s Gardens”, based on the model of Kindergarten German and very fashionable in northern European countries, they take place in Alsace or Paris. Halfway between a daycare and a nursery, they welcome children under 6 years of age, with a total of 8,200 places in France according to an inter-ministerial count for 2020.

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The Trust School Bill, 2019, had introduced, as an exception, the option of placing children aged 3 to 6 years in these structures, but the planned exemption expired on June 30, 2023. Therefore, the text was definitively adopted in Parliament. perpetuates the system for the next school year.

The world with AFP

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