The Norwegian kindergarten sector is a success
To preserve this, predictability and safer management are needed.
Parliamentary representative Hege Bae Nyholt (Red) describes a kindergarten sector out of control on 14 January and proposes strong measures by, among other things, referring to Denmark.
There is a lot to blame on both the description and the measures she proposes.
Nyholt refers to a profit ban that has allegedly been introduced in Denmark.
But this proposal has fallen. The Radical Left has turned the matter around.
It is also worth recalling that Denmark has a kindergarten sector with a very low proportion of private actors, and thus not exactly a role model if more diversity is the goal.
New research also shows that Danish parents are least satisfied with the kindergarten in the Nordic countries.
In other words, there is nothing to suggest that our neighboring country in the south should be made a role model in kindergarten policy.
There is greater reason for the Danes to look to Norway and be inspired by the great success of the kindergarten settlement here.
The major players in the sector are incorrectly portrayed by Nyholt. Major players contribute with innovation and quality development.
They also contribute to diversity. And it is very far from “monopoly-like conditions” in the Norwegian kindergarten sector.
What we see, however, is that there are large differences between municipalities when it comes to subsidies for private kindergartens.
In addition, over several years we have had a political situation that contributes to unpredictability for private kindergartens.
Differences in subsidies and political instability affect everyone, but small actors in municipalities with low subsidies are particularly vulnerable.
It is a paradox that several political parties and actors do not seem to understand that the diversity they claim to defend is put under pressure as long as they are unable to agree on a more predictable funding model.
A main thesis at Nyholt is that profits degrade the offer to our children. But profit does not stand in opposition to the best possible kindergarten as a goal.
When the public sector builds a kindergarten, for example, there are few who say that the money just has to go to the building itself and nothing to profit.
By banning profits, one easily puts the most important thing in second place, namely to create the best possible kindergarten for the resources we as a community use.
In Norway, we have wanted equal access to kindergarten.
To achieve this goal, we have introduced a maximum price, but we also want full coverage with high quality.
Private actors contribute both with capacity (they were crucial for us to finally put in place full kindergarten coverage), high quality and a large diversity of different offers.
The point is not to enrich owners, but through innovation to contribute to better resource utilization and more diversity, to the delight of children and parents.
The Conservatives are furious at the Labor Party’s ban on private kindergartens
Clear requirements for content and quality help to ensure that “the money goes to the children”, in all types of kindergartens.
These requirements support PBL. In addition, there is reason to remind that employees in private kindergartens have at least as good schemes as employees in public kindergartens.
Nyholt further writes that “Elected representatives must have greater democratic control over kindergartens located in their municipality.”.
The use of private kindergartens does not mean that we lack democratic control. On the contrary.
We solve the big tasks best together, say politicians. That’s right, but a community where private kindergartens are pushed out can become poorer and less diverse.
Democracy is about giving people power over their own everyday lives. We have jointly agreed to spend large public resources on full kindergarten coverage.
Those concerned – families with children – should be heard.
Parents show great satisfaction.
The Storberget committee’s majority proposal to give the municipalities more power meets strong opposition from parents, but also from some municipalities.
Politicians who are concerned with solutions close to ordinary people should listen to these parents and the municipalities.
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