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Rules for childcare during corona crisis

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you operate a childcare centre, out-of-school care or are you a childminder? From 11 May primary schools are (partly) open again. As of 8 June, primary schools will fully open again. Childcare facilities must be prepared for this and open for all children again from 8 June onwards. You must observe the (hygiene) rules to prevent infection with and distribution of the coronavirus.

Sector organisations together with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment have drawn up a protocol for the reopening of childcare facilitiesExternal link (in Dutch). This protocol sets out how childcare should be organised during the corona crisis and which rules around safety and hygiene apply.

Rules for childcare

The main rules in the protocol are:

  • Employees with respiratory symptoms or a fever of 38 degrees and up, are not allowed to work and will be tested for COVID-19External link.
  • You observe the hygiene rules the RIVM has drawn upExternal link (in Dutch). You cough and sneeze into your elbow, wash hands regularly and keep 1.5 metres distance. Clean extra and make sure that soap and paper towels are available at all locations.
  • One or more of your employees is responsible for the implementation of these measures.
  • Parents and employees must be able to observe 1.5 metres distance. Mind the routing to and in your facilty and arrange for parents to not bring and collect their children all at the same time.
  • When children are brought to your facility you must ask about their health and the health of people they live with. If the child or one of their housemates has any symptoms such as a cold, sneezing, coughing or a slight fever (up to 38 degrees) you may not take them in. When you have doubts you must not take a child in. If a child develops symptoms during the day, you must send them home.
  • Children are only allowed back if they or their housemate have been free of symptoms for 24 hours.
  • Are 3 or more children infected with the coronavirus or do you suspect corona infections? You must notify the Municipal Health ServiceExternal link (GGD, in Dutch) for your municipality.

Rules for your childcare location

The protocol mentioned is meant for the childcare sector. You must draw up a protocol based on this specifically for your location. Discuss this with the parents' committee or the parents. You must inform parents and children on the rules in your location. Do you offer out-of-school care? Discuss your rules with the schools concerned.

1.5 metres distancing

  • Children do not need to keep distance from one another.
  • Employees must keep 1.5 metres distance from one another.
  • Employees and parent must keep 1.5 metres distance from one another.
  • You are not required to keep 1.5 metres distance from children younger than 4.
  • Employees must try to keep 1.5 metres distance from children older than 4.

Out-of-school care (BSO) on schooldays only

Do you offer out-of-school care (BSO)? Until 8 June, you may only take in children on the days they physically go to school. If a primary school offers half days, you are not obliged to take in the children for half a day. From 8 June, out-of-school care will fully open again. You should take children in on the same days as before the crisis started.

Emergency accommodation

The emergency accommodation for children whose parents work in crucial sectors or jobsExternal link remains in place until 8 June. As of 8 June, emergency accomodation during the day will stop. Emergency child accomodation during the evening, night or weekend will only remain in place for children of parents working in healthcare.

You may not exceed professional childcarer-child ratio. You cannot take in more children than your permit allows. If it is not possible to offer the emergency accomodation together with the regular care, you should contact your municipality.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO