Family and education

We are a child- and family-friendly state

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Children brushing their teeth

Children brushing their teeth at Kindertagesstätte Broderstorf

Children brushing their teeth

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is striving to become Germany’s most child- and family-friendly state. It already offers an attractive range of day nurseries, preschools and after-school childcare services. Overall, 95 per cent of children between the ages of three and six attend a daycare facility for preschoolers, and about half (56 per cent) of all children under the age of three experience early-years education and care at a nursery or a childminder.

These childcare programmes are being further improved. Starting in 2018, the state will be introducing new childcare subsidies that reduce monthly tuition fees for day nurseries and preschools by €50 (with the exception of the last year of preschool, for which subsidies are already available). In a further step (beginning in 2019), parents will only have to pay half of the standard tuition fee for their second child and nothing at all for their third child.

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Pupils writing a test at school

Pupils writing a test at school

Pupils writing a test at school

After preschool, children enter a four-year primary school, followed by the “orientation stage” for years 5 and 6, which is offered at regional and comprehensive schools, as well as secondary schools with an emphasis on sports or music. By extending the period during which all children are taught together, schools are better able to recognise the children’s different abilities and offer more targeted support.

The secondary school system is divided into various educational paths. At regional schools children are prepared for subsequent vocational education. They can graduate after year 9 by obtaining the first general education qualification (Berufsreife) or after year 10 with the intermediate school-leaving certificate (Mittlere Reife). The Gymnasien provide intensified general education and conclude after year 12 with the Abitur (university entrance qualification).

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Students in a library

Students in a library holding books and studying together

Students in a library

Rostock and Greifswald are home to the two oldest universities in the Baltic region. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s higher education landscape also includes the University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design Wismar, the University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg , the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund, the Rostock University of Music and Theatre and the University of Applied Sciences of Public Administration, Police and Administration of Justice in Güstrow.

“Sea your future” is the slogan used by Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for recruiting students: There are many good reasons for studying in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. These include the excellent mentoring programmes, state-of-the-art facilities, certified family-friendly universities and unique degree courses in environmental sciences, biology, medicine, music and high-tech fields. Students also appreciate the wide range of recreational activities in the region.