Bertelsmann Stiftung predicts a difficult future for daycare centers

Bertelsmann study
The shortage of skilled workers also affects daycare centers

The quality of early childhood education is likely to decline due to the shortage of skilled workers. That was the result of a study by the Bertelsmann Foundation.


A study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung on day-care center staff has shown that there are too few free places in day-care centers in the western federal states and that there is a lack of skilled workers in the eastern federal states.

Especially in the first years of life, children need particularly intensive care in kindergartens and day-care centers. This is guaranteed by trained educators. According to a study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, however, the shortage of skilled workers is becoming more and more drastic: by 2030, more than 230,000 employees are expected to be missing in the facilities.

According to the study, there are still large differences between East and West Germany

In western Germany there are already too few free places in facilities for children and toddlers, in eastern Germany, on the other hand, there is a lack of personnel capacities. “The federal and state governments can largely resolve this double east-west divide within the next ten years if the right course is set now. In particular, more educators are necessary,” explain the authors of the study. You can find out more results in the video.