Thursday, August 17, 2017

Yekaterinburg needs 200 more daycare centers

Minister of Education of the Sverdlovsk Oblast Yuri Biktuganov announced on Wednesday that 200 daycare centers need to be built in Yekaterinburg.

The need for new daycare centers is related to the growth of the population in the city, MIR96.ru reports.

In 2010, the kindergarten population of the city was at 52,000 people, but that number nearly doubled to more than 100,000 in 2012. Currently, there are 20,000 children waiting for a spot to open up in the city's existing daycare centers.

Biktuganov said that the solution for finding a place for the surplus of children is the current program that will support the construction of non-state daycare centers and kindergartens, according to MIR96.ru.

Alexander Misharin, the governor of the Sverdlovsk Oblast, sent a letter to the president of the Russian Federation in 2011 requesting that there be an amendment to Article 29 of the Law on Education calling for municipalities to be able to fund non-state daycare centers and kindergartens.

The law was amended, and starting July 1, municipalities will be able to finance the creating of new facilities, according to MIR96.ru.

For municipalities to obtain funding, they must obtain a license for educational activity, obtain the endorsement of the Rospotrebnadzor and fulfill the requirements required by the Ministry of Education. Once funding is obtained, fees for children will be reduced.

Only 28 educational institutes in Yekaterinburg have licenses, according to MIR96.ru.