[Tagging] Kindergarten, Childcare and Preschool

John Packer john.packer7 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 22 17:53:36 UTC 2014


Friends,

I've had this in my to-do list for a while, and the recent discussion about
min_age and age_group prompted me to bring attention to this issue.

We should review the way kindergartens are being tagged.
>From what I have seen, one thing seems clear: there is demand for
differentiating between places where kids are simply taken care of, and
places where kids have basic education, but not at school level.

First, some history I discovered looking in the wiki:
* amenity=preschool[1] was proposed in the past to differentiate between
places where kids go learn things(preschool) and places where kids are
simply cared for (kindergarden). It was rejected in the voting process. (it
has ~220 uses currently [2])
* one alternative way of tagging a preschool would be to tag it as
amenity=school + isced:level=0, while kindergarten becomes simply the place
where kids are taken care of. One problem with this is that it seems an
ISCED level might not fit so well with all countries's education system
(some people mentioned it doesn't with Germany's [3]).
* amenity=childcare [4] was proposed in the past to differentiate between
places where kids go learn things(kindergarten) and places where kids are
simply cared for (childcare). It was rejected in the voting process. But
turns out that nowadays amenity=childcare is supported by the iD editor [5]
and consequently has around 1400 uses.

My humble opinion is that Kindergarten seems to be defined as the place
where kids get some basic education [7], and it's probably used like that,
so it should remain that way (even if it may have some overlap with
isced:level=0). While amenity=childcare (that has already gained traction)
should be representative of the Day Care or Child Care [8].
As far as I saw, amenity=childcare is simply an rejected feature according
to the wiki, and we should fix that.

Cheers,
John

[1]:
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Pre-School_%28early_childhood_education%29
[2]: http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org//search?q=amenity%3Dpreschool
[3]: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:isced:level#Germany
[4]: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/childcare
[5]:
https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/blob/874a3e2ad67e77e8896ff9580d40bf990eaed974/dist/locales/en.json#L1136
[6]: http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/search?q=amenity%3Dchildcare
[7]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindergarten
[8]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_care
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