The start of childcare, 1940 - “Since the issue of women working now poses a problem in totally different light than just a few years ago,“ as of 1940 children from the ages of 6 weeks to 6 years are cared for in the “Kindergarten E. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany“ headed by the site social welfare staff. The waiving of child-care fees under special conditions, medical care, and the problem of a sufficient number of places are important aspects of the day. The family sets up the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, nursery school association in 1967. Two years later a creche, a nursery school and a daycare center (for schoolchildren) are opened with capacity for 80 children. The model character of the center, which is constantly updated (at last in 2013), is praised over the decades as are the company’s initiatives to create equal opportunities for men and women in the workplace.