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Professional childcarer-child ratio

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you run a childcare organisation in the Netherlands, you must bear in mind the professional childcarer-child ratio (i.e. the ratio of the number of carers to the number of children present in the childcare organisation).

The childcarer-child ratio depends on the group’s age range and varies according to the type of childcare provided: day nursery/crèche, out-of school care, childminding or playgroup.

Professional childcarer-child ratio during outings

There are no special rules for the professional childcarer-child ratio during outings. The childcarer-child ratio is the same as at the child care on location.

Calculating the professional childcarer-child ratio

You can use a calculation toolExternal link (Dutch) to easily calculate the number of professionals you need. As from 1 September 2012, the Municipal Health Service (GGD) will use the calculation tool during its quality inspections.

Four-eyes principle

You must adhere to the four-eyes principle. This means that at all times at least two adults should be present with a child. The adult may be another professional childcarer, but could, for example, also be a parent or trainee. You must request advice from the parent committee with regard to interpretation of the four-eyes principle, and you must inform parents in this regard.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency