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National reforms in early childhood education and care


14.Ongoing reforms and policy developments

14.1National reforms in early childhood education and care

Last update: 21 April 2023


Extension of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) (Ausbau der Kinderbetreuungseinrichtungen) - new agreement

Regulation and legislative documents 

Status: Agreement concerning 2022/23-2026/27



The main focus of these expansion efforts is on child care offerings for children under 3 years of age, promoting qualified child-minder offerings, and extending opening times during the year. Childcare places for 3 to 6-year-olds will also be funded in order to close regional gaps in childcare.


  • Expansion of elementary educational opportunities for children under three years of age

  • Maintaining the current one-year compulsory attendance in the last year before starting school

  • Improving the quality of education in elementary educational institutions
  • Intensification of early language support
  • Improve the quality and standardize the qualifications of professionals.


  • To strengthen elementary educational institutions in their role as the first educational institution in a child's life

  • Improving the compatibility of family and work and, in connection with this, gender equality

  • Providing needs-based, year-round, all-day care for children until they start school that at least meets the Barcelona targets (care rate of 33% for under-threes and at least 90% for three- to six-year-olds) and can be reconciled with full-time employment for parents.

  • Improving educational opportunities for children regardless of their socioeconomic background through preschool promotion

  • Increased early language support in suitable elementary educational institutions.

Expected impact:

Promote the availability of childcare facilities of good quality.

Amount of funding:

Annual federal budget: EUR 200 million, additional annual budget: EUR 63 million by the regions


The respective regional governments are responsible for monitoring compliance with the statutory obligations and supervising the staff and materials used in public kindergartens (nursing schools), which includes, among other things, a kindergarten inspectorate.

Involved bodies:


Extension of ECEC - old agreement

Agreement concerning 2017/18 - 20221/22 expired


There have been no reforms.