Proposed Features/Education Reform

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Education Reform
Status: Abandoned (inactive)
Proposed by: nounours77
Tagging: amenity=Educational_facility
Applies to: Node, Area, Relation
Definition: A common tag for all educational institutions, e.g. universities, schools, kindergarten, but also the long discussed and never solved childcare, nursery, ...
Drafted on: 2013-11-30









The current situation on Education Features is described in this page: Education features, but most of the content is repeated here. There are a lot arguments for having a single tagging scheme for all educational facilities/institutions:

  • There has been arguements not to make a amenity=* for everything that exists on the planet.
  • There are currently several educational facilities not covered, e.g. nurseries (for the very young), childcare (after-school), ... which should from the start be in defined scheme, and not add several amenities more.
  • There are often places where several educational institutions are under the same roof, which is not possible today.

Exhaustive list of wiki pages on education

Active key-tag combinations (formally accepted or implicitly by heavy use)

Active proposals

Some proposals were cited as active at the time this page was created, but are abandoned or rejected now.

Abonded or rejected proposals

Childcare2.0 and the related talk-page : Attempt to tag all kinds of childcare, mainly focussing on "after-school" and trying to replace "kindergarten".

Nursery : Daytime care of very young children before they go to (pre-)school

Earlier attempt for an "Education Reform" by user Fluteflute Fluteflute.

Rejected proposal on amenity=childcare (see Proposed_features/childcare), see also Further discussion on this topic on the talk page

Proposal Pre-School

Proposal Education Centre (Volkshochschule)

Proposals on additonal tags

Some additional tags, which have been proposed but not yet voted/accepted:

  • ISCED — proposed 2012; relates to education level associated with a school
  • Trade school — proposed May 2012; "post-secondary, often private for-profit, training center for a specific trade"

To consider as well

Some facilities might be unclear if there social_facilities or educational_facilities. So this two tag-groups should clearly be delimited.

Features not covered by this proposal

IMHO, this features should not be covered by this proposal:

Driving school (seems to be another abandoned proposal)



Features of unknown status

Some statistics on the current use of the tags

Number of values for key "amenity"-values according to several countries:

value Worldwide USA GB D F A CH comments
nursery 404 5 92 28 229 1 5 In GB, the website indicates more than 1000 day nurseries
crèche/creche 77 0 1 4 2 22 4 comments
daycare 102 61 1 6 1 3 0 comments
childcare 420 31 20 0 39 44 7 comments
kindergarten 116 682 1 818 1 340 21451 3221 1643 1056 comments
school 567 667 194 783 25 384 35394 31207 3670 4499 comments
university 37 839 4 075 2 431 4578 1587 330 338 comments
college 24 909 2 122 1 454 918 1166 50 194 comments

In F, there seem to be around 600 crèches mapped, most of them as "kindergarten". school:preschool_cycle = yes - 98 Dominikanische Republik

First ideas how the new education could be organized

Variante 1: amenity=educational_facility (analogue to "social_facility")

amenity=educational_facility educational_facility=school educational_facility=nursery

== Variante 2: creation of new "education"-key


This is inspired by arguments to avoid a ubiquitous use of the "amenity"-key and earlier attemps of Amenity Reorganization

Additional tags

Key Value Comment
optional min_age=* and min_age=* integer The children age group(s) the institution covers. Example: min_age=0 and max_age=14
optional capacity=* integer The maximum number of children the facility takes care of
optional operator=* string The name of the operator
optional operator:type=* school/government/religious/private/cultural Additional values can be used if needed
optional cultural=* * In case of a cultural child care facility, further information about the culture/language can be added
optional religion=* * In case of a religious child care facility, further information about the religion can be added
optional service_times:childcare=* <opening hours syntax> The time children are taken care of. If service_times:childcare isn't tagged, the fallback value is the one tagged for opening_hours. service_times:childcare always has to be a subset of opening_hours=*. In case service_times:childcare are (wrongly) overlapping, opening_hours=* weights more. So if service_times:childcare states the facility is "open" and opening_hours states it is "closed", it can be interpreted as "closed" overall.
optional opening_hours=* <opening hours syntax> The time the facility is opened. Not necessarily the same time as service_hours (For example different office hours).


Since it's a rather large proposal, I would like to proceed to a vote in different stages:

Vote on idea of an educational reform

Question: Do you think it is a good idea to attempt a systematic educational reform? (Please note: the current proposal is just a first draft to show the idea, and must of course be worked on very much. It's not the scope of this first phase of discussion/voting to go into details).

If yes, do you think the path of the idea of amenity=educational_facility should be followed.

or the path


Vote on the proposal

If the principle will be accepted, I will proceed to work on the details of the proposal and bring it eventually to a vote. So, NO VOTE on the proposal itself for the time being.

Vote on the individual proposals "nursery" and "childcare"

In case of rejection of the educational reform (either after the vote on the principle or the proposal itself), we will then reactivate the currently suspended proposals on "nursery" and "childcare", or maybe a modified/fused version of them.