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Every childcare organisation (childcare centre, childminding agency and playgroup) in the Netherlands must have a pedagogical policy plan, in which you set out your views on how to interact with children. You have to adopt the pedagogical policy plan before submitting an application for registration in the National Childcare and Playgroup Register (Landelijk Register Kinderopvang en Peuterspeelzalen, LRKP) with the municipal authorities. You must address at least the following subjects:
- How is emotional safety guaranteed?
- How is the development of personal and social skills promoted?
- How does the transfer of values and standards take place?
Policy plan for childcare centres
The policy plan for childcare centres must also specify:
- the working procedure, maximum size and age structure of the basic groups
- in which (play) activities children leave their basic group
- how childminders are supported by other adults in their activities with children
- how your organisation implements the three-hour rule
- how the stand-by function is implemented when only one childminder is present at your childcare organisation. The stand-by function is fulfilled by an adult who can provide assistance in the event of emergencies.
Policy plan for childminding agencies
The pedagogical policy plan for childminding agencies must also specify:
- the composition of the group of children cared for by a childminder
- the requirements you impose with regard to childminding care
The home where childminding care is provided must have sufficient space for children to play and sleep in and sufficient outdoor play facilities, geared to the number and ages of the children in the childminder’s care.
Period of validity
The pedagogical policy plan must be up-to-date. If there is a change at your childcare organisation in circumstances or insights with regard to subjects addressed in the pedagogical policy plan, you must adjust the plan accordingly.