About BES(t) 4 Kids
Childcare and after-school care should be accessible to all children, also financially. Waiting lists should be limited and childcare should be affordable for all parents. That is why the Central Government intends to support childcare organisations financially if they comply with the conditions laid down in the legislation and (local) regulations.
Every organisation with an operating license that actually cares for children can obtain financing. This is included in the legislation and regulations. The legislation and regulations can only take effect from 2022. That is why first a temporary subsidy scheme applies for the years 2020 and 2021.
Childcare organisations can already apply for the financial contribution in the course of 2020. It regards a cost price reducing subsidy. This way childcare organisations can reduce the parental contribution and improve the quality.
Childcare is not free but should be affordable to all parents. The intention is for parents of children aged between 0 and 12 to pay a fixed parental contribution. Parents with less income are partly compensated. They pay a lower parental contribution that approximately equals the costs that they would spend on, for instance, meals and diapers. The public entities determine whether they want to make childcare free for parents who live in poverty. The objective is that in 2022 all children aged between 0 and 12 have a worthy and affordable place in childcare or after-school care.