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, 97 per cent of children between the ages of three and six attend a daycare facility for preschoolers, and 77 per cent of one- to three-year-olds are cared for in a day nursery or by a registered childminder.

Plans have also been made to continue improving these childcare programmes. In 2018 monthly tuition fees for day nurseries and preschools will be reduced by €50. In a further step, parents will only have to pay half of the standard fee for a second child and nothing at all for a 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 (Hochschule Wismar), the University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg (Hochschule Neubrandenburg), the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund (Hochschule Stralsund) and the Rostock University of Music and Theatre (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock). Most of them are certified “family-friendly universities” by audit.

“Sea your future” is the slogan used by Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for recruiting students: There are many good reasons for studying in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, for example, the unique study courses in the fields of High Tech, Environmental Studies, Biology, Health Sciences and Medicine as well as Music. For those who seek to study Aquaculture, Demographics, Medical Biotechnology, Piano Duo, Energy- and Ressource-efficient Technologies or Digital Logistics and Management: Welcome to MV!

Students also appreciate the state-of-the-art facilities and the wide range of recreational activities in the region.