As with 84 other cities and municipalities, Cologne is now using the Little Bird online portal to help parents find a place at a daycare centre. According to the city administration, the annual registration chaos is to be ended with the help of the software.
According to a report in the local newspaper Kölner Stadtanzeiger, the city of Cologne has launched the Little Bird portal. More than 80 cities and municipalities in Germany are already using the Litte Bird Service of Berlin entrepreneur Anke Odrig. The city of Cologne wants to use the new computer program to improve the service for parents who are looking for a place to look after their child in a day care centre. On the other hand, the city also wants to end the annual registration chaos with Little Bird.
Until now, the various daycare centres were not networked with each other. According to the “Kölner Stadtanzeiger” newspaper, parents ran from institution to institution and registered their children in several places. Contracts were not signed because parents hoped for a place in the neighbourhood until the end. Other contracts were terminated at short notice because of a better outcome. As the Kölner Stadtanzeiger notes, this caused trouble for all parties involved.
In the launch version of Little Bird, almost all the daycare centers of the whole city are brought together. According to Stadtanzeiger, 640 of the city of Cologne’s 670 daycare centers are now represented in the new registration system, including municipal kindergartens, churches, charities and other independent institutions.
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