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Daycare in Germany is very limited in some areas.

Daycare remains a work in progress in Germany. Some 20 years after reunification, differences between Eastern and Western Germany still exist, as evidenced by the availability of child care. In the east, daycare has stayed plentiful, owing to the former political and social structure. The west suffers from scare daycare, which often lacks quality, according to Barbara Holthus of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo.

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    • According to Holthus, Germany's income tax structure favors working fathers and stay-at-home mothers. If both husband and wife work outside of the home, they could face penalties to an extent that the second income actually results in a financial deficit.


    • Working parents have a legal right to a half-day of child care daily for children ages 3 to 6, as of 2010. The 2005 Act on the Expansion of Day Care for Children Under the Age of Three, known as TAG, seeks to increase the number of available daycare spaces by 230,000 by 2013, roughly tripling those currently available. At that time, parents can also claim a legal right to daycare for children under 3.


    • Most German daycare is public, with laws that base fees on household income to guarantee affordability. Parents who elect not to put their children in daycare receive government assistance of about $188 monthly.


    • The TAG Act also calls for the increased quality of services provided in the future, including provisions for well-trained child minders, whose qualifications will be subject to investigation. Ilse Wehrmann, an educational consultant for Daimler, states that German laws do not require daycare workers to hold college degrees as of 2010.

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