The Dutch government wants to keep a closer eye on people who come into contact with children in childcare in any why. From March 1st next year, the childcare register will include, in addition to childminders, all people who go to a daycare or creche on a regular basis, including people who don't actually care for children themselves, NOS reports.
Two people were arrested on Thursday in connection with the death of a baby in Brunssum, Limburg last week. The suspects were the baby's childminders, well-informed sources told De Limburger.
On Wednesday last week, emergency services responded to a home in Brunssum after a report of a sick child. The five month old baby was resuscitated on the spot and rushed to the hospital, where the child died a short time later. The police launched an investigation due to doubt about the cause of the child's death. The investigation revealed that the baby did not die of natural causes.
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.
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.