[Tagging] Childcare Tag

alyssa wright alyssapwright at gmail.com
Wed Jul 10 13:07:49 UTC 2013


Again, thanks for all the discussion. I'm following most of it. ;) I think...

Could I attempt to articulate what I consider the major confusion in the existing kindergarten tag? Perhaps this is already known, but perhaps an explanation could inspire a graceful resolution.

In the US, (and according to the Oxford dictionary Australia and Britain), kindergarten is legally defined for 5 and 6 year olds. There are cases where parents have attempted to enroll a child of below 5 into kindergarten and have been legally refused. Instead there are a number of facilities that accommodate children below the age of 5.

For a working family, a child below 5 could be under the care of a preschool (an informal group not typically associated with a school though sometimes affiliated with a religious organization), childcare (sometimes affiliated with a person's place of employment), a nursery (typically for very young children), among others. 

The use of the tag kindergarten as the umbrella description for such places of care doesn't make sense in my own cultural context. It would be like looking for a temple of Jewish denomination under the tag bar, because there is wine during services. Why would I look for nursery under kindergarten when the two -- culturally and legally -- are unrelated?

It is my understanding that kindergarten means something very different in other places of the world. How does OSM account for such cultural differences? Perhaps the childcare proposal should not try to replace kindergarten, but instead try to disassociate childcare from the kindergarten umbrella? 

But I am not sure I know enough about tags to propose something appropriate.

Thanks,
Alyssa.

On Jul 10, 2013, at 7:45 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2013/7/10 fly <lowflight66 at googlemail.com>:
>>> Again, what is "It" referring to here?  And can you give some
>>> suggestions on how to make the proposal better?
>> 
>> I was thinking about something like social_amenity=* (no good example!)
>> or adding some key word in front separated with a colon.
> 
> 
> what about
> childcare=*
> (or childcare=yes if you don't want to define "main classes" of
> different childcare services)
> 
> cheers,
> Martin
> 
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