MAN Diesel & Turbo and the city of Augsburg to sponsor four children’s daycare centre places for needy families from the region
The Augsburg mechanical engineering company MAN Diesel & Turbo is to provide needy families from the region with four places at the new children’s daycare centre that it is currently building in Sebastianstrasse not far from its plant. Two crèche and two nursery places are available. The city of Augsburg, which is funding the building of the facility in conjunction with the federal government and the State of Bavaria, will cover the costs typically incurred for municipal nursery or crèche places. MAN Diesel & Turbo will cover the additional costs incurred.
The children’s daycare centre will offer places for 76 children in total once it is finished next summer. Priority for admission will be given to children of MAN Diesel & Turbo SE employees, but other parents will also be able to apply for a place in either section of the nursery. The facility's innovative and highly intensive care concept is based on a holistic learning environment, active fostering of language acquisition (e.g. play-based learning of English), encouraging musical and artistic appreciation at an early age, and stimulating the individual skills and interests of the children.
Klaus Stahlmann, CEO at MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, regards the sponsored nursery and crèche places as giving out an important signal: “As one of the largest companies in the Augsburg economic area, MAN Diesel & Turbo has a social responsibility. We therefore decided to open the doors of the new children's daycare centre to other children from the region whose parents otherwise would not be able to afford the fees.” His colleague on the Executive Board, Dr. Stephan Timmermann, adds: “Our social commitment does not stop at the plant perimeter. Naturally, the children's daycare centre is primarily aimed as a facility for our employees. But if we can also provide support to families in need, then we are keen to do so.”
The Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs of the city of Augsburg, together with the city's Economics Department, campaigned for the opening of the children’s daycare centre. For Mayor Dr. Kurt Gribl, it symbolises the good relationship between the company and the city administration. “It is by no means a given that a company will assume social responsibility in the region where its premises are situated. Which makes me all the more delighted that the initiative of the Economic Department and the Family Affairs competence centre has been so positively seized and put into effect in such a short time by MAN Diesel & Turbo,” says the mayor. He sees this as a pilot project for further cooperation opportunities between the business community and the city administration. “Now that we have a shortage of skilled workers, it is important to offer families professional childcare. This is the only way for mothers and fathers to get back to work quickly and be available for the company,” he stresses.
Children’s daycare centre places are allocated via the Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs of the city of Augsburg (Tel. +49 (0) 821 324-2819).