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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

Day care for children under 3 in March 2020: +1.3% compared to the previous year

Press release No. 380 from September 30, 2020

WIESBADEN – The number of children under the age of three in day care rose by around 10,700 compared to the previous year on March 1, 2020 to a total of 829,200 children. This means that 1.3% more under three-year-olds were in child day care than on March 1, 2019. As the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports, the childcare rate nationwide on the reporting date was 35.0% (2019: 34.3%).

Higher childcare rates in East Germany

In eastern Germany, on average, more than half of all children under the age of three were in day care (52.7%), in western Germany just under a third (31.0%). In a comparison of the federal states, Saxony-Anhalt (58.3%), Brandenburg (57.7%) and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (57.6%) had the highest childcare rates on March 1, 2020. Among the western German federal states, Hamburg achieved the highest rate with 46.7%, followed by Schleswig-Holstein (35.2%). The childcare quota was lowest in Bremen (29.0%) and North Rhine-Westphalia (29.2%).

Childcare rates increase with the age of the children

Nationwide, 1.8% of children under one year of age were in day care. On the other hand, 37.5% of one-year-olds took advantage of child day-care services, compared to almost two-thirds of two-year-olds (64.5%). Since August 1, 2013, children from the age of one have a nationwide legal right to a publicly funded childcare place.

The childcare quota is the proportion of all children under the age of three who are actually looked after in day-care centers (e.g. day-care center) or in publicly funded child day care (e.g. publicly funded childcare place with a childminder or childcare supervisor).

1.6% more day-care centers and 4.5% more staff than in 2019

On March 1, 2020 there were almost 57,600 day-care centers nationwide. That was almost 900 facilities more than at the same time in the previous year (+1.6%). The number of people employed there as educational staff or as management and administrative staff rose by 4.5% to around 682,900. The number of child minders rose slightly by 0.1% to around 44,800.

30 years of German unity

Information on regional similarities and differences between eastern and western federal states 30 years after German unification can be found in our Statistics dossier as well as on ours Topic page “30 Years of German Unity”.

Children under three years of age in day-care centers and in publicly funded day-care centers1 on March 1, 2020 by federal state
country
Supervised children under 3 years
Care rate2
A total of
at the age of … to under … years
0 – 1
1 – 2
2 – 3
in %
The results for day care only include those children who do not also attend a day care center (i.e. without double counting). Proportion of children in care of all children in this age group. The population figures used to calculate the quota are based on the results of the population extrapolation as of December 31, 2019 based on the 2011 census. Due to the temporary closure or the restricted operation of the daycare facilities due to the corona pandemic, some facilities were unable to transmit their data on time. With the available data, it must be assumed that around 2,000 children are under-recorded.
Baden-Württemberg
98 546
30.0
2.0
30.8
56.8
Bavaria
114 186
29.6
1.6
31.2
55.6
Berlin
52 407
44.9
1.6
53.6
78.9
Brandenburg
36 303
57.7
3.3
74.4
89.7
Bremen
6 007
29.0
0.9
30.0
56.5
Hamburg
28 429
46.7
2.1
57.2
81.0
Hesse
58 423
31.9
2.1
34.8
58.0
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
22 674
57.6
3.5
76.6
90.0
Lower Saxony
73 853
32.9
1.3
36.1
60.3
North Rhine-Westphalia3
151 736
29.2
1.1
26.0
59.6
Rhineland-Palatinate
35 831
31.2
1.1
19.8
70.9
Saarland
7 321
29.8
2.5
33.3
52.5
Saxony
57 015
52.8
2.6
66.6
85.6
Saxony-Anhalt
30 603
58.3
7.1
75.2
88.3
Schleswig-Holstein
27 038
35.2
1.7
39.1
63.2
Thuringia
28 791
54.8
2.3
68.2
89.5
Germany
829 163
35.0
1.8
37.5
64.5
former federal Territory
601 370
31.0
1.5
31.1
59.6
New countries (including Berlin)
227 793
52.7
3.0
66.4
85.7

Further methodological information can be found in the Explanations of the statistics.

Basic data on child day care in Germany can be found in the tables Children and people working in day care facilities (22541), Statistics of publicly funded child day care (22543) and People in large day care centers and supervised children (22545) can be called up in the GENESIS-Online database.

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