Maxim Stepanov proposes to introduce in Odessa region the mechanism of "funds follow the child" to reduce queues in kindergartens

17 October 2018, 13:34
Gallery item
Gallery item
Gallery item
Gallery item
Gallery item

The chairman of the Odessa regional state administration Maxim Stepanov proposes to develop and introduce in the region a mechanism for "proceeding for a child" in financing pre-school establishments in order to completely eliminate queues in kindergartens. This became known during a hardware meeting in the Odessa Regional State Administration.

"I commissioned the Department of Education to come to the regime for introducing a mechanism for allocating funds from local budgets to a particular child. It is necessary that "money went after a child", regardless of the form of ownership of this or that kindergarten. This will stimulate the private sector to open new institutions of preschool education, as well as help to solve the problem with the queues systematically ", - said Maxim Stepanov.

At the same time, in the period from September 2017 to September 2018 in the Odessa region has already formed 2400 additional seats in kindergartens. And by the end of the year there will be created another 600 seats.

"We undertook to reduce the queue at kindergartens in the region by 2.5 thousand places by the end of the year. At the moment, this plan is practically fulfilled, and by the end of the year the number of seats will increase to 3 thousand ", - said the chairman of the Odessa Regional State Administration Maxim Stepanov.

In addition, the Oblast State Administration has provided recommendations to local authorities that will also reduce the queues for kindergartens. In particular, it is a question of applying preferential rent rates for the placement of private kindergartens, as well as reducing the burden on utilities. This will, accordingly, also affect the cost reduction of services for parents whose children study in private pre-school institutions.

It should be noted that at present, there are 856 preschool education establishments in the Odessa region, which is 10 institutions more than last year. Nearly 78,000 small inhabitants of the region study there. In this year, the rate of coverage of children in pre-school establishments in the region increased by 4% and amounts to 82%.