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How do preschools fight for every zloty?

How do preschools fight for every zloty?


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According to the government program "Kindergarten for 1 zloty" (Act of 13 June 2013, amending the Act on the education system and some other acts - Journal of Laws item 827), from September 1, 2013, municipalities reduced the amount of fees in public kindergartens to 1 PLN for each additional hour of care (five hours are free). Earlier, the amount of fees charged depended on the decision of the local government.

The law was supposed to create a level playing field. She assumed that within five free hours children would implement the core curriculum. How is it actually
How could you sum up the year of operation of "kindergartens for PLN 1"? It turns out that ... what in theory was a great idea already has many drawbacks in practice ...

Additional classes - after "hours"

How was the extra-curricular problem solved?
Where it was possible, it was possible with the help of volunteers, parents involved in conducting classes - for free, after their work. Where there was a defeat - neither rhythmics nor English classes were carried out, not to mention pottery and others. The kindergarten has become a "storage room", as pointed out by parents protesting before the introduction of a "cheap kindergarten equal opportunities".

There were also other methods of organizing time for children. Among other things, planning additional activities "after free hours", in such a way that the parent certainly pays an additional PLN or even two for several minutes. How?

The example at the bottom shows that starting English classes at 13.45 (after 15 minutes' rest after previous lunch) and ending the classes evenly at 14 makes the parent leaving the child from kindergarten at 14.02 (because it can't be done before - you have to change the child at least footwear) must pay for two additional hours - the 14th and the 15th.

Below is an advertisement from one of the kindergartens - sent to the address [email protected]

"Parents log in to the system when they enter the kindergarten building. Children who attend English should be logged out only after the end of classes and the child's descent into the locker room. Please comply with this information and follow the rules. "

It turns out that the director of the facility manages to scan the card only after picking up the child after class. Seemingly obvious and logical, but ... A preschooler can leave the room at 2:00 PM (then classes end), so there is no possibility of not paying for the next one - started at 3pm, even though the preschooler is under the care of a parent in just a few seconds after 2pm

In this way, the mother who sent us the following picture, despite having inscribed in the contract that the child stays in kindergarten from 8 to 14 and so is forced to pay for the 15 o'clock started. According to the principle that every zloty counts ...

The director, the author of the above announcement, was supposed to say at a meeting with her parents: "listen, don't really regret this one zloty anymore ... We also have to live on something, you will not be hurt as a child at 7.58, and you are not standing under the kindergarten with a watch in hand and counting down the time. After all, kindergarten costs pennies ... Whoever once had a babysitter knows how much money is spent then ... "

Besides, the author of the photo asks the author why in the city where she attends kindergarten my child pays for every hour started, and not in proportion to the actual minutes spent? Then the above practices would not be profitable ...

Another example?

In another kindergarten, after lunch, at least one and a half hours of compulsory aging are planned (which in private institutions is usually not practiced or is voluntary - mattresses are folded out, children can lie down or play quietly). The child is dressed in pajamas, has a quilt, a pillow. A parent who wants to pick up a child earlier (in accordance with what he declared in the contract) also has a difficult task, because ... the child is sleeping, and this dream is worth another zloty or two.

As a consequence, it is hard to resist the impression that state-owned kindergartens are struggling to survive, forcing the payment of additional zlotys.

How much do crayons cost?

The list of "additional costs" should also include the cost of crayons and other materials that the children will use in class (about PLN 40-50 per year - is it a lot or little?) And the so-called "voluntary" parental committee, which is reminded of the parent at every turn.

Should kindergarten not provide children with stationery? Why should parents pay extra for them? Theoretically, the cost for one month is not high, but in the perspective of several hundred children for kindergarten the profits are considerable. Are you sure you can pass on more costs to your parent in public kindergartens?

Do kindergartens for PLN equal the chances?

Unfortunately, the Act did not level the playing field. It meant that kids in many (because not all) state facilities cannot take advantage of extra activities, while in private kindergartens the children sing, dance, learn English, go to the zoo, museums, etc. at the same time, and where equalization is here opportunities?

If a parent of a child from a state institution wants to buy additional classes, they will not pay for them a dozen or so zlotys that they had to pay in kindergarten, but at least one hundred zlotys for classes bought privately, on their own, after hours in the facility ... It is a practical effect equal opportunities.

This is now another problem reported to the editors - how many "children" should there be in a kindergarten who is attending a state kindergarten?