Rules for childcare during corona crisis

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

The specific rules and measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in day care, out-of-school care, and childcare centres have been suspended. This means the Protocol for childcare has expired as of 25 April 2022 (in Dutch). It is advised to follow RIVM's Generic framework.

Hygiene and ventilation

Primarily, the basic corona advice should be followed. For instance to ensure good hygiene and ventilation. Among others it is advised that you:

  • clean your childcare location regularly and thoroughly and clean surfaces that are touched with hands, such as doorknobs, play materials, and touch screens, more often
  • ventilate your childcare location well, with fresh air
  • pay attention to health issues, both the employees' and the children's
  • make sure your staff and the children can wash their hands regularly and teach the children how to do this properly

Children who are ill

When can children come to childcare and when do they need to stay at home?

Children (0-18) who have been in close contact with an infected person do not have to stay at home if they do not have any symptoms.

If they have symptoms:

Children between 0-4 years of age who have symptoms of the common cold (runny nose, nose cold, sneezing, or a sore throat) are allowed to attend childcare. If they start experiencing more severe complaints, or if they develop complaints after being in contact with an infected person, they must stay home. They may return to childcare after a negative corona self-test.

Children aged 4-12 who have any corona-related symptoms (a cold, coughing, higher than normal temperature or fever, shortness of breath or tightness of the chest, loss of smell or taste) cannot attend childcare. They may return to childcare after a negative corona self-test. If the complaints last longer, they should be self-tested again the next day.

Is the child not tested? They may attend childcare again after they have been free of complaints for 24 hours. If the complaints last longer, they can attend childcare again 7 days after the complaints first started.

Illness of staff

Employees of childcare centres and childminders should not go to work if:

  • they have corona
  • they have symptoms of COVID-19 (coughing, nose cold, higher than normal temperature or fever, shortness of breath or tightness of the chest, loss of smell or taste). After a negative corona self-test they can go back to work.
  • they have symptoms that may be related to corona, such as a general feeling of discomfort/illness, headache, muscle aches, pain behind the eyes, fatigue/tiredness, or loss of appetite. Or these complaints combined with the previously mentioned symptoms. After a negative corona self-test they can go back to work.

To find out if and for how long you need to quarantine, you can do the quarantine check.

Risk groups and pregnant employees

Does your employee belong to a risk group? Or do they have a housemate or family member who belongs to a risk group? You cannot oblige your employee to work with the group or class.

Pregnant employees are advised to keep 1.5 metres distance when they are past 28 weeks.

RI&E and step-by-step-plan in case of outbreak

You should have implemented the rules of the protocol for childcare in your Risk Inventory and Evaluation (RI&E). An RI&E is mandatory for all companies with staff. You can use the step-by-step plan you have drawn up as a guide in case of an outbreak of the coronovirus.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO