Kindergartens

Schavan for language tests for infants before the Berlin (AFP) – training for educators in kindergartens to give it in the future a better offer for further education. “This is an offer which relates generally to the strengthening of the education order in the kindergartens and there promoting language has a central position,” said Federal Minister of Education Annette Schavan (CDU) the news agency AFP in Berlin. The offer, which will be part of the Federal Government’s qualification initiative, should be part-time and can be applied also as a kind of distance learning. After a university degree as a prerequisite for kindergarten teachers, Schavan but dismissed claims: “There must be no general Academisation this profession.” With views on school studies, according to which social origin in Germany determines educational success more than in many other EU countries, Schavan spoke out strongly for a better language support. “I think the proposal is right, that it for the children from school” nationwide deals for language promotion out there.” It was also right to connect this if the impression is that a child at this point has problems with a language test prior to the training. “You have to test but not every child,” said the Minister.

She stressed however: “Language is a key to greater justice of opportunity in school.” The Minister pointed out that the carrier, municipalities and countries, for the kindergartens are responsible. The Federal Government come but – as well as offering training for educators – educational research in the game. Therefore, it was agreed to review the existing concepts for promoting language scientifically. “There is no problem at all to have a variety of concepts”, said Schavan. But would those responsible know what concepts are actually suitable for the promotion of language. “We want to try to develop concepts to enable research, so that what is done is not pure activism.” Schavan raised generally that the importance of early childhood education in kindergartens become increasingly recognized, including by the economy. “The future lies in, before learning to start with, bringing together preschools and elementary schools, and before we create legal obligations, we need compelling offers on-site.” Last but not least due to the decreasing number of children in Germany the Minister assumed, that in particular the cooperation of nurseries and primary schools will be increasingly important.