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Differently qualified professionals will count towards familiar-face criterion out-of-school care (BSO)

This information is provided by:Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONetherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONederlandse versieEffective date: 1 July 2024

What changes?

Do you work in out-of-school care (buitenschoolse opvang, BSO)? You will be allowed to formally deploy differently qualified professionals. For example, professionals with a background in music, sports, or nature. This will give day care facilities more scope to meet the familiar-face criterion and offer a wider range of activities at out-of-school care.

Differently qualified professionals are people with other non-pedagogical professional qualifications, who can help broaden talent development of children through their own talent or expertise.


To ensure high-quality and safe childcare, you must meet several conditions when you deploy professionals with other qualifications:

  • You must explain in your pedagogical policy plan what extra talent(s) the differently qualified professional has and how this helps with the children's education (in Dutch).
  • You must register the differently qualified professional in the Childcare Personnel Register before they start working (in Dutch).
  • You must ensure that a professional or pedagogical policy officer is always present (in Dutch).
  • The differently qualified professional must meet certain educational requirements. The collective labour agreement parties determine these educational requirements.
  • The differently qualified professional has to first complete a pedagogical module.
  • The differently qualified professional gets yearly pedagogical coaching.
  • Rules will be set for the maximum formative deployment of differently qualified professionals, including those working together with trainee professionals. The Dutch minister of social affairs determines these rules.

For whom?

  • entrepreneurs in out-of-school care (BSO)


This change to the 'Childcare Quality Decree' is expected to enter into effect on 1 July 2024.

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in the Staatsblad or Staatscourant (Government Gazette, in Dutch).

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