[Tagging] New feature: amenity=creche

Matthijs Melissen info at matthijsmelissen.nl
Sun Nov 3 13:56:58 UTC 2013

Dear Gilbert,

Thank you for proposing this, I agree that there is a need for this
tag. I also agree that creches are clearly distinct from kindergarten,
so they should have different tags.

Are you aware of the earlier efforts to propose this? See
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/childcare and
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/childcare2.0 .

Does the strong divide between creches and places for older children
also exist in other countries? To prevent confusion, maybe it would be
an idea to propose a tag for places for older children alongside with
the creche tag?

For the native speakers: is creche the most commonly used term? Is
there a difference between creche and nursery?

-- Matthijs

On 3 November 2013 13:31, Gilbert Hangartner
<kuessemondtaeglich at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi there,
> I wrote a proposal to correctly tag "Crèches" or "Childcare-centres" or
> "Daycare-centrers" or "Kindertagesstätte". Thank you in advance for your
> comments and thoughts.
> Nounours!
> A crèche is an institution who takes care of a child during the day,
> normally on a daily basis, including meals, playing activities and outdoor
> activities. A crèche is more a place to live than a place to learn, so it's
> not a pre-school, even if some educational activities might be present. A
> crèche is not an after-school for older children already visiting a school
> or a Kindergarten, even tough there a crèches where children are allowed to
> stay when they grow up for one or two years after they entered
> kindergarten/primary school and use it as an after-school, even if it's not.
> The service is known as child care center in the United Kingdom and
> Australia and day care center in North America . In german speaking
> countries it is known asKindertagesstätte or "Kita" or Hort (mainly
> Austria).
> It seems to be relevant enough to do a proper tagging, currently, there are
> about 2000 crèches in Switzerland, and their number is quickly growing. I do
> not know about Germany and Austria, but I suppose the numbers being there
> important as well. Another reason: Knowing where crèches are located is an
> important information. Some use-cases:
> I'm looking for an apartment. The choice will depend on available crèches in
> the surroundings. So having a quick overview where they are and getting
> contact information based on geolocalisation is important.
> Grandmothers and godfathers who occasionally pick up the kid need driving
> instructions
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