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.
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.
- Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
- Austrian Federal Minister for Women, Families, Youth and Integration
- Regional governments
- Private providers
Extension of ECEC - old agreement
Agreement concerning 2017/18 - 20221/22 expired
There have been no reforms.