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If you intend to set up a childcare organisation in the Netherlands, you must register your organisation with the National Childcare Register (Landelijk Register Kinderopvang, LRK). To do so, you must submit an application for registration to your local municipality at least 10 weeks before starting your business.
What is the register for?
The National Childcare Register lists childcare facilities that have been checked and approved by the municipalities and municipal health services (GGD). It includes the following types of facilities:
- childcare centres
- out-of-school care centres (BSO)
- childminding agencies
- other preschool or childcare facilities
The register is open to the public. It contains information about the location of the childcare facility, the number of places available, inspection reports and any warnings or penalties it has received. Every facility in the register will receive its own unique code (LRK-code). Parents need this code in order to apply for childcare benefit.
How to register?
In order to register, you submit an application form with the required documents to the municipality in which your establishment will be located. You need to enclose at least the following documents:
- the pedagogical policy plan
- the safety and health risk inventory of the facility
- Certificates of Good Conduct with screening profile 84 (caring for minors) or 86 (working in the childcare sector) of your staff
- your registration in the Trade Register
If you start a childminding agency, you must not only register your agency, but also your childminders, substitute childminders as well as their locations. For this, separate forms are available (see below). Each application for the registration of a childminding location should include a safety and health risk inventory. New childminders and/or locations must always be registered by your agency.
For registration, please select the appropriate form below to suit your type of childcare organisation and apply at least 10 weeks prior to opening your childcare facility. Please note: All forms are in Dutch.
Please note that the term playgroup is no longer used by the authorities. Former playgroups are now subject to the same rules and regulations as other childcare centres.
After your application
A Municipal Health Authority (GGD) inspector (in Dutch) will assess whether your organisation meets all the requirements. Strict rules apply to childcare facilities. You must notify the municipal authority immediately of any changes of information and details regarding your registration.
Multiple branches, change of location or franchising
If you have multiple branches, you must register each branch in the LRK. If you change your location, you submit a new registration for this new location. In the event of a franchise, the franchisee must register as the owner. The franchisor is not included in the LRK.
Childminders with more than 1 childcare facility
If your childminders have more than 1 childcare facility, you must register them all. You submit a new application for each (new) childcare facility.
Foreign childcare register
If you own a childcare organisation in another EU Member State (in Dutch), Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland that is caring for Dutch children, their parents might be entitled to a childcare benefit in the Netherlands. Your childcare organisation will then have to comply with the statutory quality requirements and must be registered in the foreign childcare register (in Dutch).
Online application procedure via Message Box
You can submit the application to register your childcare organisation also online via Message Box. Message Box is a secure e-mail system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.