Minister Arie Slob for Primary- and Secondary Education is sticking to the decision to keep schools open for the time being, despite concerns about the coronavirus spreading. He stressed on Friday that pupils and teachers with any symptoms of illness must stay home, NOS reports.
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, support a D66 proposal to allow childcare centers to refuse children who have not been vaccinated. "This is very important for children and parents who can in this way make an informed choice," D66 parliamentarian Paul van Meenen said to RTL Nieuws.
A third of childcare organizations cannot offer extra out-of-school care to parents during the upcoming teachers' strike, because they simply do not have enough staff to manage it, according to a poll by Brancheorganisatie Kinderopvang, NOS reports.
Following Amsterdam's lead, Utrecht and Rotterdam are launching large-scale checks of municipal buildings for the presence of lead water pipes, the municipalities told NOS.
The Dutch government is implementing a large number of rules, regulations, and law changes at the stroke of midnight on January 1. Below is a summary of changes made in the category Family:
Daycare institutions in the Netherlands are struggling to cope with toddlers who need extra help. About a third of toddlers in daycare show problematic behavior or do not speak the language well, but daycares have insufficient money and knowledge to offer these children the right care, AD reports.
Research among 120 daycare locations showed that 24 percent of children in daycare and 37 percent of toddlers in nursery groups need extra care, according to the newspaper. The majority of these little ones need extra language support. Around 6 percent have behavioral problems.
Another child that attends a daycare center in The Hague was diagnosed with measles. That brings the total number of children with measles at the daycare up to four, GGD Haaglanden reported. The health service would not say which daycare center is involved, Omroep West reports.
So far this year, up until the start of April, there have been 15 cases of measles in the Netherlands. In previous years, the country counted between 10 and 20 measles diagnoses over the entire year, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis said in a letter to parliament. He blames the increase in diagnoses on outbreaks in various other European countries, AD reports.
Stint Urban Mobility owner Edwin Renzen wants daycare Het Kinderstraatje in Almere to retract a lawsuit filed against Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure, and offered the owner of the daycare, Michelle van Zundert, a brand new Stint next year in return, if the company still exists by then that is, the Telegraaf reports.
The municipality of Utrecht reprimanded a childcare center in the neighborhood of Lunetten because of a striptease with whipped cream that happened in the facility during daycare hours. The incident was reported to the Childcare Inspectorate in February, NU.nl reports.
According to the municipality, the striptease happened in the hall of the building. A man wearing no shirt dance around an adult female employee while spraying whipped cream and licking it off. Exactly where the whipped cream was sprayed, is unclear. The incident was filmed.
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.
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.
A daycare on Liesboslaan in Breda was evacuated on Wednesday afternoon after someone reported that there was a bomb in the building. Surrounding homes were also evacuated, and a number of streets were closed. It turned out to be a false alarm, the police said in a statement.
The police received the bomb threat around 2:00 p.m. The 60 kids and their carers were evacuated and taken to a nearby hotel, a police spokesperson said to NU.nl. An hour later they were allowed to return to the daycare.
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.
Police in Amsterdam Noord fired a gunshot while trying to apprehend a man suspected of intentionally setting a fire in the cellar of a daycare facility while children were in attendance. Officers responded to reports of the fire at the Johanna Margaretha child care center on Wingerdweg at about 2 p.m. on Friday and found the alleged offender in the basement.
The children were already whisked away from the building by the daycare’s staff before first responders arrived on the scene. They were kept safe at a nearby school.
For the first time in years the number of kids attending childcare institutions in the Netherlands is increasing. But childcare institutions themselves are still worried. They fear that a new law with stricter requirements will lead to a new wave of bankruptcies, Saskia Speelman of the interest group for the childcare sector said to AD.
Last year the government paid childcare allowance for 823 thousand kids, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday. That is a massive increase compared to the 764 thousand kids who attended childcare in 2015.
It seems that kids really are "wandering bacteria bombs" that bring bacteria back from daycare to make their parents sick, according to research by Statistics Netherlands. Parents of young kids get sick more often than parents with older kids or adults with no kids,
An increasing number of Dutch kids are attending daycare, according to a report by the Tax Authorities and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. This has to do with the economic recovery and higher childcare allowance, but the fact that more and more mothers go back to work also play a role, RTL Nieuws reports.
Parents previously warned a daycare center in Bussum that something was off about an employee, who was recently arrested for the possession of child pornography, the association for parents in daycare BOinK told regional broadcaster NH Nieuws.
Public health service GGD is concerned about the quality of more than half of the nurseries, kindergartens and after-school cares in the Netherlands. They have problems ranging from security standards not being in order, not enough carers or serious complaints. Child care in poor neighborhoods are worse off than in the richer neighborhoods, the Volkskrant reports based on its own investigation into 3 thousand establisments.
A three-month old baby girl died in her sleep during nap time at a daycare in the Overijssel town of Balkburg on Thursday morning. According to the police, the baby died a natural death so no investigation was launched. The baby's parents can decide whether the child must be further examined
Three quarters of Dutch children under the age of three years attended some form of daycare in 2014, thereby putting the Netherlands at the head of Europe with most toddlers in daycare, Statistics Netherlands reports.
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.
A group of parents and parents' organization BOinK want child care directors to be legally prosecuted if the knowingly fail to comply with safety standards. They are therefore pressing charges against Amsterdam creche 24/7 Kids this week in the hopes of setting a precedent for childcare