The Public Prosecutor in prosecuting three people, an after-school care facility, and a playground for the death of 4-year-old Maurycy Biernacki. In January 2016, the boy fell from a playground installation in Grootebroek and died in hospital nine days later, without ever regaining consciousness, AD reports.
With the new year starting, the Dutch government is implementing a number of new laws and changing some existing ones. Below is an explanation of changes to the law applying to families.
The child benefit, paid per child to all parents in the Netherlands, will increase minimally in 2018. Meant to help cover child education costs, parents will receive €201.05 for kids up to and including 5 years of age, €244.13 if the child falls between 6 and 11 years old, and €287.21 from 12 to 17 years of age. That’s an increase of less than a euro per category.
A total of 736 thousand children attended daycare, after school care or another form of child care facility in the Netherlands during the second quarter of this year. That is an increase of over 56 thousand compared to the second quarter of last year. The number of working women is now at the highest level since 2011, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment announced on Monday.
A pedagogical assistant of childcare organization Patrou in De Bilt is suspected of sexually abusing two girls. The 27-year-old man from Utrecht is currently in custody, the Public Prosecutor confirmed on Wednesday. Parents are appalled. "We are very shocked", one father said to the Telegraaf. "You trust them with your children after all. In addition, I've never had a bad feeling at Patrou."
For the first time since 2012 the number of children attending daycare in the Netherlands increased. According to Statistics Netherlands, 767 thousand children went to a daycare, childminder or after school care last year, an increase of 12 thousand compared to 2014.
The number of childcare facilities dropped by 11 percent last year, but the overall quality has improved. This is according to a report that Minister Lodewijk Asscher sent to the Second Chamber on Monday.