About BES(t) 4 Kids

Statutory scheme

The basic rules for children’s centres and host parents in Caribbean Netherlands will be embedded in a Law. The local elaboration of the Law takes place in a Childcare Island Ordinance, in order that the island-specific circumstances can be taken into account.

Childcare Island Ordinance
A Childcare Island Ordinance, which specifies many rules for the quality of children’s centres and host parents, is already in force. In addition, there already is a temporary childcare subsidy scheme. A childcare facility can use this subsidy to improve the quality of childcare and to reduce costs for parents.

Childcare Island Ordinance Bonaire
Childcare Island Ordinance Saba
Childcare Island Ordinance St. Eustatius

Draft Childcare Law
The objective is that the legislation and regulations and the lay-out of the licensing regime have taken effect in 2022. That is why a draft law has now been drawn up. In this draft law, the quality requirements are laid down in a sustainable manner at legal level. In addition, the draft law describes how we will finance childcare in the future when the temporary subsidy scheme stops. All this combined enables us to ensure good-quality, safe and affordable childcare. In the leaflets below you can read more about the draft law and what changes will affect you.

You can also read a summary of the draft law: