Serious incidents in childcare must be reported

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
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Nederlandse versie
Effective date: 1 January 2026

What changes?

Do you work in childcare? Childcare organisations and childminders must report serious incidents. If a serious incident occurs in your childcare or childminding location, you have to report this as soon as possible to the municipal health service (GGD). Examples include situations where a child has to be hospitalised or dies as a result of an incident.

For whom?

  • childcare organisations
  • childminders (host parents)


It is expected this change in the Childcare Act (Wet Kinderopvang, wko) will come into effect on 1 January 2026.

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the Lower and Upper Houses (Tweede en Eerste Kamer) of parliament. After publication in the Staatsblad or Staatscourant (Government Gazette, in Dutch) the law can take effect.

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Do the rules create unnecessary administrative burdens? Or do you know how the rules could make doing business easier? You can report this (anonymously) to the Regulatory Reporting Centre (Meldpunt regelgeving).

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