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Requirements for childminders

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Are you a childminder (gastouder)? Then you are responsible for looking after children in a family situation, either in the childrens' home or in the childminder's own home. In the Netherlands, childminders must satisfy the requirements from the Dutch Childcare Provisions Act (Wet kinderopvang) and the Regulation quality of childminder agencies, childminders and facilities for childminder care. A childminder may not also be the owner of the childminding agency.

What are the requirements for childminders?

The main requirements are:

  • you must be 18 or older
  • you must have the correct diploma or certificate. There is a list of diplomasExternal link (in Dutch) that satisfy the requirements
  • if you have a (foreign) diploma that is not on the list, you can have it assessedExternal link by the Education Executive Agency (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs, DUO) to determine whether it also satisfies the requirements
  • you must have a registered and valid first aid for childeren certificate. The diploma's original and the first aid certificate must be available on the childminding premises.
  • you have a certificate of good conduct (VOG) with screening profile 84 (caring for minors) or 86 (working in the childcare sector). This applies to everyone who works or lives on the premises where you take care of the children.
  • you are registered in the register for persons active in the childcare sector. This applies to everyone who works or lives on the premises you take care of the children.
  • you must be registered with a childminding agency that is registered in the Dutch National Childcare and Playgroup Register (Landelijk Register Kinderopvang en Peuterspeelzalen, LRKP)
  • you are familiar with the pedagogical policy plan, the health and safety policy and the child abuse protocol of the childminding agency and must act accordingly
  • your childminding location meets the set-up requirements
  • you speak Dutch when childminding
  • you may speak a regional language if you are a childminder in that region
  • you may also speak the language of the relevant family, for instance when minding children for foreign parents who are living in the Netherlands temporarily due to their work

Childminding ratios

Registered childminders are given a maximum number of children that they can care for at any one time. The number of children you may care for at a time depends on their ages.

  • you may care for maximum 6 children aged 0 to 13 at any one time
  • you may care for maximum 5 children up to 4 years of age at any one time
  • you may care for maximum 4 children up to 2 years old at any one time
  • you may care for maximum 2 babies (up to 1 year old) at any one time

Please note: your own children up to 10 years old are included in the number of children you may care for at any one time.

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