Wet Kinderopvang (Law on daycare)

Every daycare centre in the Netherlands is required to meet with conditions in this law.

The Wet Kinderopvang dates back to 2005, and ensures quality and safety regulations in daycare. It also states conditions pertaining to the allowance of daycare for parents. In addition to conditions for a professional and safe daycare, it also states conditions and regulations on enforcement and sanctioning by the government.  More information on this law is found here. Local authorities are responsible for the quality of daycare and its enforcement.

Quality in daycare

The Wet Kinderopvang stipulates all kinds of rules and regulations for daycare facilities.

 Quality requirements daycare

Daycare is required to meet regulations regarding:

  • Group number and number of children to each employee
  • Education and expertise of the staff
  • Health and safety of the children
  • Housing and facilities
  • Pedagogical policy
  • Commitment and parents’ involvement
  • Language
  • Complaint management

Local authorities are responsible for the quality of daycare and its enforcement. The GGD is the monitoring institution.

 Landelijk Register Kinderopvang en Peuterspeelzalen (LRKP)

All daycare centres are required to be registered in the Landelijk Register Kinderopvang en Peuterspeelzalen. If a daycare centre is not registered and thus has no permit, the local authorities are allowed to fine the daycare centre.

 Measures for quality in daycare

  • The minister of Social Issues and Employment takes measures to increase the safety and the quality in daycare:
  • Continuous screening: since March 1st 2013 employees working in daycare are continuously screened on criminal offenses.
  • New VOG employees: as from July 1st 2013 employees in daycare are required to apply for a new VOG (declaration of good behaviour).
  • Requirement by law to report instances of abuse. From July 1st 2013 there is a report requirement by law for professionals in daycare. They are required to report abuse to their employer or counselor.
  • Requirement of information. From January 1st 2014 each daycare centre is required to inform parents through their website about the (pedagogical) quality, pricing, opening hours, and food policy. This way it’s easier for parents to compare different daycare centres.