The age of the students affects the admission to college

Childhood in the GDR

Those who were born in the socialist state learned quite quickly what it means to have community at the center. For example, it was common for women to be employed, and mothers quickly returned to work after giving birth. The state provided a wide network of free care facilities for the babies. After just a few weeks, the children came to the crèche, from the age of 4 they went to kindergarten. While today parents have to fight for a place in a crèche almost before they are born, there was a place for almost all children in the GDR.

Part-time positions with which mothers often return to work these days did not exist in the GDR. The parents both worked full-time, which is why the children stayed in the crèche or kindergarten until 6 or 7 p.m. The daily routine was clearly prescribed there. Everything was done in community: whether playing, eating, exercising or going to the toilet. The carers taught the children how to be polite with one another, how to help each other and how to follow rules. They were very strict and forced the children to classify themselves. The toddlers in the crèche were also given extensive medical and vaccination support in order to identify any developmental disorders as early as possible. And in kindergarten, the children got to know letters and numbers and made their first attempts at writing and arithmetic.