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The Knesset approved a reform of the «after-school care» in the final reading

The Knesset passed the second and third readings of the law regulating the licensing, control and working conditions of extended day groups («cuareim»). One of the most important provisions of the law is to limit the maximum value that can charge the parents for the stay of their child in a «cram school». For the law voted by 65 members of Knesset who opposed were not. The law will take effect in the new academic year 2017-2018, but in kindergartens, which are in the status of «recognized but unofficial» («mukar she-Eino Reshma») will be distributed through the year.

The bill was designed Yifat Shasha-Biton («Kulan») and Jacobim Margi (SHAS).

«It’s a real gift to parents of small children who cannot withstand the financial burden and are forced to seek help from their own parents — said Yifat Shasha-Biton. — Developed in the framework of the law control mechanism, the conditions of detention and subsidies, the main requirements and restrictions — all the result of long, careful and hard work of many professionals who helped us formulate this law. He will put an end to ruinous prices and a lack of any control that prevailed in this area so far, and make life easier for parents while maintaining a quality education for their children. The economic situation of families with children will improve significantly, what they will feel in your budget with a net in the near future».

The act gives the Minister of education authority to determine the maximum value of «aftercare», the maximum number of children, recruitment of services, security measures, number of staff, qualifications, and other parameters. Depending on the locality and package, the maximum cost of extended-day groups up to 935 shekels a month.

The press service of the party «Kulanu» explains that for non-adopted by the Minister of education rules provide for penalties. So, organization, municipality or individual entrepreneur who employs less than five “after-school care” and charges more than the maximum allowed amount, will be fined 1,500 shekels, multiplied by the number of children in the day care. Those who employ more than five «after-school care», will be fined for the above violation, 3,000 shekels, multiplied by the number of children in groups.

The law provides for the creation of the Ministry of education, a special system of control and administration «cuareim» will be required to provide the inspectors with all the necessary documentation, information and access to the group for inspection. Violation of these requirements also provides for penalties as neglect of inspector to resolve certain violations.

The law will apply to all groups of the prolonged day before the third class («Gimel»), except for those who do not receive financial assistance from the state or local authorities, directly or indirectly. The law will also apply to «detention» that involve public companies, municipalities and local councils and their representatives in community centres, despite the fact that there have been attempts to eliminate these extended-day groups from the list.

However, the party «Israel Our home» put in as a condition of their support of the law, the delisting of about 500 private «after-school care» located on private property, despite the fact that they operate with the permission of the Ministry of education and receive subsidies from the state for work in the morning. Thus, parents of children attending private kindergartens after school programs that meet the above conditions, will continue to pay for «detention» amounts significantly exceeding the specified maximum 935 shekels a month.

The adoption of the law was welcomed by the Deputy of the NDI Yulia Malinovskaya, the bill which formed the basis of the adopted law. «Today is another important step in the fight against high cost of living, step, approaching all children in the country to do the available forms of non-formal education. I also want to emphasize that the approved today the Law does not apply to private «cuareim» (aftercare), operating in private houses. That we maintain a balance between the need for the General public at reasonable and affordable prices, demands of the free market and freedom of choice for parents. We don’t want to live in a country Communist type, where everything is under absolute control of the state,» said Yulia Malinovskaya.

As for the pending year of the law to extended-day groups from the category of «mukar she-Eino Reshma», we are talking about the «after-school care» mainly in the ultra-Orthodox sector: their leadership is required to give them a year to find alternative funding sources and preparing to change work plans, originally designed for a higher fee.

The law on the supervision of the extended day groups regulates the sector, which is still considered «gray» and is not subject to any control or inspection. The law complements the state system of subsidies «after-school care» under the program of Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon «Family net»: we will remind, the government would subsidize children in extended-day groups in the amount of 150-350 shekels per month per child (depending on socio-economic status of the locality).

The Knesset approved a reform of the «after-school care» in the final reading 26.07.2017

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