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Guide for starting a childminding agency

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

A childminder is responsible for looking after children in a family situation. In the Netherlands, childminders must be registered with a childminding agency. If you intend to start a childminding agency, you must contend with various government rules and regulations. You can use this guide to quickly determine which obligations you must fulfil.

The plan serves merely as a guideline. It is possible that you will need to fulfil other obligations as well. Consult your local municipality regarding the order of the steps. Several steps can be carried out at the same time

1. Check whether you fulfil the conditions for staying in the Netherlands

Entrepreneurs who intend to stay in the Netherlands must fulfil a number of conditions. You will sometimes also require a residence permit.

2. Inspect the zoning plan with regard to your business location

The establishment of your childminding agency must be in line with your municipality’s zoning plan. If this is not the case, however, you can apply for a permit to carry out your plans. You can also ask the municipality to change the zoning plan. If you want to start your agency at home, do take your municipality's and landlord's or mortgage lender's conditions into account.

3. Apply for a certificate of good conduct

The holder and any directors or foundation officers must have a certificate of good conduct (Verklaring omtrent het gedrag, VOG). You require a VOG for the registration of your childminding agency in the National Childcare and Playgroup Register (LRKP).

4. Draw up a pedagogical policy plan

You need to draw up a pedagogical policy plan for your childminding agency. You enclose the policy plan with your application for registration in the National Childcare and Playgroup Register (LRKP).

5. Register your agency, childminders and locations with the National Childcare and Playgroup Register

At least 10 weeks before the start of your childminding agency you must apply for registration in the National Childcare and Playgroup Register (LRKP) with the municipal authorities. You must also register the childminders and their locations by using a separate application form.

6. Conduct a health and safety risk inventory

Before a childminding location can be registered with the LRKP, you must conduct a health and safety risk inventory. In doing so, you may use the Childcare and Playgroup Risk Monitor. You then conduct this risk inventory every year.

7. Hire qualified staff

Your childminders and childcare inspectors must satisfy a number of qualification requirements. They must also have a Certificate of Good Conduct (verklaring omtrent het gedrag, VOG).

8. Join the Childcare Disputes Committee

You have to join the Childcare Disputes Committee and register all of your childcare centre locations. You must also inform the parents and parents committee about your joining the Committee.

9. Draw up a protocol for responding to child abuse

You must draw up a protocol in which you specify how you and your staff will respond to suspected instances of child abuse.

10. Draw up regulations for the parents’ committee

You need to have a parents’ committee for your childminding agency. You must adopt the parent committee regulations within six months of submitting an application to be included in the National Childcare and Playgroup Register.

11. Register with the Dutch Business Register and Dutch Tax Administration

New businesses must be registered with the Dutch Business Register. They will pass on your details to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. You therefore do not need to register separately with them.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Any further questions?

Netherlands Enterprise Agency +31 (0)88 602 44 44