Geretsried: SPD local branch in the talk of the town - more specialist staff and no passivity
Created: 08/09/2022, 12:40 p.m
By: Peter Herrmann
Pleading for intermunicipal cooperation with Wolfratshausen: SPD local chairman Martin Bruckner (2nd from right) and KJFV chairman Reiner Berchtold (4th from right).
Geretsried – The names of around 100 children are currently on the waiting list for Geretsried care facilities.
So that it doesn't get longer, the SPD local association proposed various measures at the most recent town talk in the Isarwinkel restaurant.
"If we don't do anything, we'll have 600 children on the waiting list in a few years," warned SPD local chairman Martin Bruckner against passivity.
Gabriele Poch, head of education in the day care center of a Munich elementary school, also sees a need for action in the city of Geretsried.
So far there have only been church and privately financed childcare facilities.
She considers municipal sponsorship models, such as those practiced in Wolfratshausen, to be sensible.
Reiner Berchtold, former mayor of the neighboring town and now chairman of the children and youth development association (KJFV), agreed with her.
"It's good when the city has a lot in its own hands," he said.
React faster and more flexibly in the event of staff shortages
Because collective agreements in the public sector are an attractive lure for specialist staff, which is currently scarce.
Berchtold suggested intermunicipal cooperation with Geretsried and pointed out that the KJFV, in addition to Wolfratshausen, has now also taken over the care of school children in Icking, Münsing and Egling.
"This allows us to react faster and more flexibly in the event of staff shortages," said Berchtold.
Bernhard Lorenz, former teacher at the Gymnasium Geretsried, advocates a cooperation due to the performance of the KJFV.
First of all, however, the comrades had to formulate a motion for the city council to create municipal childcare facilities.
Costs are recovered through tax revenue
Berchtold referred to the need to provide housing for the caregivers.
Company housing, such as that planned by the AWO dementia center in Wolfratshausen, is the right approach.
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The SPD members are aware that these measures cost money.
"But the costs come back through tax revenue if the parents can work more due to longer childcare," believes Andreas Vetter.
As the father of two children and chairman of the parents' council at the Isardamm elementary school, the lawyer experienced the childcare crisis first-hand.
Due to the legal entitlement to school childcare that will apply from 2026 and the increasing number of inhabitants in Geretsried, time is now pressing.