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Ministry: parents’ co-financing in private kindergartens remains high

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«The policy of covering private kindergarten costs shows that the principle of money following children is not complied with. Instead, all costs, regardless of a child’s age are put in the same bag. Equalisation of costs for all children in private kindergartens in unacceptable and only service to distort the established system,» – notes Janis Eglitis, parliamentary secretary to the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry.

Parents’ payments for children under the age of four should be reduced for private kindergartens. This is provided by changes added to child cost calculation methodic for kindergartens in 2016. This is also clear in receipts issued by private kindergartens. Receipts issued to parents clearly show that private kindergartens have increased prices of their services considerably and this has nothing to do with methodic, Eglitis says.

New requirements state that municipalities, when performing calculations of average costs for kindergartens, have to perform individual calculations for children under the age of four, five and six undergoing preparation for primary education.

Estimates show that co-financing provided by municipalities for children under the age of four increases – this can be seen in receipts as well, VARAM representatives comment.

They say that parents’ co-financing amount should reduce because of that. For children five to six years old that are provided with mandatory preparation for primary education, their parents’ co-financing amount should be remain at the same amount.

Eglitis emphasizes that private kindergartens are not in a hurry to comply with requirements for publication of their costs online. Kindergartens are also obligated to provide full disclosure of child costs, including parts covered by the state and municipality and parts needed to be covered by parents.

Eglitis urges municipalities to follow compliance with those requirements more closely and request disclosure of costs from private kindergartens so that parents have a clear picture of the true costs behind the services they pay for. «Unfortunately, we have to ask why kindergartens improperly reference regulations when increasing prices even though the real reasons are completely unrelated,» – Eglitis emphasizes.

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