Take that, Prussian child rearing! AFP reports (via Google):
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Germany’s cabinet Wednesday adopted draft legislation aimed at battling a growing tide of complaints against noisy children, in what is a rapidly ageing society.The legislation aims to make it easier to build creches in residential areas following a spate of objections against the din of children at play.
Some of these complaints have resulted in kindergartens being refused planning permission or childcare centres having to build noise-protection walls so as not to disturb locals.
Many are from people in their 30s and 40s, including couples with children, worried about the value of their property falling if a noisy new kindergarten springs up nearby, experts say.
In a statement, Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said: “This is a clear legislative signal in favour of a child-friendly society.”
“The noise made by children … cannot be treated in the same way as the noise made by industrial equipment,” added the minister.