In Brief: Berlin launches new ‘Kita-Navigator’ to help parents find daycare options

If you are looking for a daycare, or “Kita” in Berlin, a new tool may offer additional help. Berlin’s Department of Education, Youth and Family launched a new online platform called "Kita-Navigator."

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On Wednesday, Berlin’s Education Senator Sandra Scheeres presented a new “Kita-Navigator” website, designed to help parents find open spots in daycares.

Scheeres said parents in Berlin have demanded more transparency in understanding Berlin’s overcrowded system. With the new tool, parents can search for open spaces and search by additional criteria, such as location, special educational offerings, or multilingual support.

There is a shortage of daycares and staff in Berlin. Parents often add their names to long waiting lists at multiple daycare facilities, sometimes even while still pregnant, in hopes of finding a space for their child.

Parents can also use the new Kita-Navigator to contact facilities online and to complete forms for the necessary Kita voucher.

Lufthansa has cancelled 1,300 flights scheduled for this week on Thursday and Friday.

The cancellations were expected after the flight attendants union UFO called for all cabin crew on flights leaving Germany to strike on both days. According to Lufthansa, at least 180,000 passengers are affected by the strike.

Lufthansa filed a lawsuit to halt the strike after it was announced, but the original injunction was rejected by a German court.

Lufthansa has announced special flight plans, and says passengers can rebook flights or exchange tickets with the Deutsche Bahn.

The UFO union says Lufthansa is pursuing lawsuits which they call unprecedented, including personal lawsuits against two members of the union’s board, threatening arrest and thousands of euros in damages.

Police here in Berlin and other federal states are taking action against hate speech on the internet.

Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office said on Wednesday, a total of 21 operations were conducted, including apartment searches and interrogations.

The Federal Criminal Police Office says hate postings on the Internet are not trivial and is calling on people to report them to police. Depending on the criminal offense, hate postings can lead to up to five years imprisonment.

 

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