Educational Equity in early childhood – Bochum

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Start: 18.05.2021
End: 18.05.2021


City Bochum

Central Bochum actors, scientists, citizens and the city administration came together digitally to discuss the question: "How educationally appropriate is Bochum? The participants discussed the challenges and levers in thematic workshops in more depth, based on the stations of the educational vita.

11 including: researchers, university staff members, members/users of local associations, students.

  • 2 researchers
  • 9 participants of public institutions and organizations

Studies show that an early childhood education supports a good language and a positive emotional climate. Together with an early entry into daycare this is essential for promoting disadvantaged children. It is important to provide support where it is particularly necessary ("treating unequal things unequally"). The Head of the Youth Welfare Office of the City of Bochum, pointed out that early support is the best and most cost-effective solution for society to provide children with educational success. He explained that the number of places in U3 care had increased almost sevenfold between 2005 and 2021. Now 44% of children under three get a place; the goal, he said, is to offer 60% places. But of course there are still educational inequalities - the quality of care also plays a role.

Three theses:

  • The U3 expansion must continue to be driven forward and targeted support must be provided, especially in challenged urban districts.
  • In addition to daycare centers, parents also need to be given more support, such as parent guides.
  • The transition from daycare to elementary school must be better organized and the assistance of older children for younger children must also be better utilized at school.


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