Childcare - What are you and what can you expect?

Childcare - What are you and what can you expect?

If you both want to keep working, part-time or full-time and you do not want to work at home, you can not escape it. Care should be arranged for your child. There are various options: day nursery, childminder family, grandfather and grandmother, parental leave, exchange, home babysitter or au pair. The choice is entirely personal.

Find a shelter that suits you best, the circumstances and especially your child. If you have a specific preference, it is important that you arrange it as quickly as possible. For some options, waiting lists apply.


At a nursery (crèche) you can go for paid childcare between the zero and four years. Your child can go here if he is six weeks old. He then comes in a (permanent) group of about ten children. Often the children are classified by age, but this does not happen in all cases. It differs per nursery. If you find it important that your child is alone among peers or not, it is advisable to obtain information about this beforehand. For the little ones there are quiet sleeping places. The day schedule of your child will correspond as much as possible with the daily schedule at your home.


Your child will be cared for, fed, changed, cuddled and comforted by qualified leaders. If he is older, more games will be played with him and he will be stimulated in a creative way. Of course there is sufficient (safe) toys available for your child to play nicely, and there are joint activities such as, singing, reading and eating / drinking.

Daycare - What possibilities are there?

Different possibilities for childcare

Whole day care
More than 5 hours a day.

Half day care
Up to 5 hours a day.

24-hour reception
Your child can be accommodated here day and night.


Before your child goes to the shelter for the first time, most daycare centers will invite you for an interview. In this conversation you can bring all your specific wishes regarding the care of your child forward. You immediately get to know the leader of the group.
After this conversation, your child will be invited to come and get used to it, this applies to both you and your child! Prepare the babysitter or nursery for giving expressed breast milk.

Sign Up

Some nurseries have a waiting list. This waiting list can sometimes get very high so it is advisable to sign up as early as possible in the pregnancy. That way you are most certainly sure of a place.

Alternative childcare

If you want to work (full-time), a nursery is of course not the only alternative. Have you ever thought about the following possibilities?

  • You can arrange the care in the first months, if your baby is still small, for example with your partner and your employer: perhaps both work part-time and / or take parental leave.
  • Grandfather and grandmother may also want to be careful for a few days.
  • Childminder family: a professional organization arranges a childminder family. Usually 4 children of different ages are accommodated here. Sometimes there are also children of the childminder family itself. The advantage is the homely atmosphere, your child is part of a family with often older children, and the group is small.
  • Removal: I only look after your child and you at mine. The biggest advantage is flexibility. And if both families register with a childcare agency, you can still receive childcare allowance for this form of childcare!
  • Babysitter at home: listen to your ear if someone knows a good babysitter at home; via an advertisement you can also come to a babysitter. The advantage is that your child is in his familiar environment, you have no waiting lists and you can do the job yourself.
  • Au pair: a girl from abroad comes to live with you for a year and provides for up to 30 hours a week for your baby. You can agree that she also does some light housework. Advantage: your baby is a familiar environment. Disadvantage: you have to have extra space available in your home and family.
  • Grandfather and grandmother may also want to be careful for a few days. For the reception by grandfather and grandmother, neighbor or girlfriend, it is also possible to apply for a subsidy.


The rights of a working mother are laid down in law.

Article 4; 8 + 4; 7of the Working Hours Act
Article 142Working Conditions Decree
Article 8working conditions

Obligation employers

Employers are required to protect the health of the mother and child during pregnancy and breastfeeding. During the first nine months after delivery, work may be interrupted to breastfeed or poke. The employer is obliged to make space available for this. This must be able to lock and provide sufficient privacy. If there is no suitable room, the employer must give the mother the opportunity to for example pump or feed at home. A mother has the right to feed as often and as much as needed. Up to a maximum of a quarter of the working time. The employer must continue to pay this time. The employer must take into account breastfeeding or breastfeeding (think of an adjusted schedule, flexible working hours, no night shifts, etc.).

School care

The terms after-school and out-of-school care are often used interchangeably but mean the same thing. Out-of-school care (BSO) is the reception of children from four years up to the end of their primary school time. The childcare is provided during the daytime hours when the children are not in school and / or during holidays.
The groups usually consist of about twelve to twenty children. In out-of-school care, children can spend their free time in a pleasant way in a homely atmosphere. The children can in principle choose what they want to do. Regular trips or special activities are also organized. There is always educational supervision and the children have the space to do fun things.

Opening hours

The opening times vary per organization, but are usually geared to regular working hours. Most out-of-school care centers are not open before school time.


The prices for out-of-school care and after-school care are very different due to whether or not holiday care, but generally about 60% of the price of daycare.


A playgroup is a neighborhood-oriented facility where children from two to four years a few days per week come and whose first goal is relaxation, meeting and development. The playgroup work is emphatically not a form of day care. Playgroups play an important role in the development of young children. Fifty to seventy percent of all Dutch toddlers (2- and 3-year olds) go to a playgroup.

Young mothers increasingly opt for: working from home

Your child is already a few months old now. You had quit your job to take care of your child, but now it starts to tickle a bit. You love your crumb, but there is also an unsatisfied feeling that gnaws at you. Intellectually and creatively you are not challenged by your child, and frankly you can also use a little more money.

The risks of day care versus safe bonding

Before and after school care, daycare, childminder care (grandmother with diploma) babysitter or au pair, there are all the possibilities that are present to accommodate your child when you work as a parent. The outsourcing of care and upbringing to another has become normal nowadays. It is simply impossible to escape from ever-changing changes in society. As parents, you are often obliged to work both to keep their heads above water. Especially in this time!

The Au pair

You come home from work exhausted and plop down on the couch. Your boss seemed to think you had two pairs of hands and spread a strong sample of delegation. Your close colleague did not stop gossiping about Gerdy from the other department. Pff, what a day. But once you get home, you get ready. The children have been in the bath, the housework is on hand and the food is almost ready, your favorite meal still.

Care leave, rights and obligations

After a hectic morning and a race against the clock, you start your work for your boss exactly on time. And then the telephone rings: the nursery asks if your son can be picked up again. He has 39 degrees fever.
What are your rights and obligations if you unexpectedly, but sometimes also planned, can not carry out your work because you have to take care of a sick child? Do you take your days off, can your employer refuse leave? This is arranged in the 'care leave'. There are various forms of care leave.

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