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When you open a childcare facility (childcare centre, childminding agency or playgroup) in the Netherlands, a municipal health service inspector will check it meets national standards when it opens. After that inspections will take place every year.
Inspection upon and after registration
Childcare facilities in the Netherlands are inspected from the moment they open. If you want to open a childcare facility (childcare centre, childminding agency or playgroup) in the Netherlands, you must submit an application for registration in the National Childcare Register (Landelijk Register Kinderopvang, LRK) to your municipal authority. Once you have submitted this application, an inspector from the Municipal Health Service (Gemeentelijke Gezondheidsdienst, GGD) will inspect the quality of your childcare facility. Based on the outcome, the municipality will decide whether your facility will be included in the register. Once you open the doors of your childcare facility, a second inspection will take place.
Every year, a municiple health service inspector will check whether your childcare facility meets national standards. The inspector will pay an unannounced visit and will check your facility for, among other things:
- pedagogical practice
- professional childminder-child ratio
- group size
- professional qualifications
- certificates of good conduct with screening profile 84 (caring for minors) or 86 (working in the childcare sector)
- health and safety
The municipal health service inspector checks by:
- interviews with managment
- interviews with staff
- interviews with the parents' committee
Risk profiles for childcare
The inspector uses risk profiles when inspecting your childcare facility. Each risk profile has a colour (red, orange, yellow or green). The colour determines how intensively your facility will be inspected. The risk profile of each childcare facility will be reviewed every year.
Municipal health service inspection report
After the inspection, the municipal health service inspector prepares a report. These reports are available to the public. You must publish the report on your website. If you do not have a website, you must make the report available for inspection at a location that is accessible to parents and staff. The reports can also be consulted via the (Dutch-language) National Childcare and Playgroup Register website.
Information about all childminding centres in the Netherlands can also be found on the (Dutch-language) website Childcare Map (Kinderopvangkaart.nl), which is affiliated to the National Childcare and Playgroup Register.