After-school child care places to double

Junior education minister Sharon Dijksma told parliament yesterday that she was going to make not 8,000 but 16,000 extra after-school care places available before April 1 by relaxing subsidy rules.

The current rules state that extra money for after-school care is only available for new-build schools. Now existing schools will also be able to claim.
Since September, schools have been obliged to make after-school supervision available to all pupils.
Not all schools are fulfilling this duty, due to lack of suitable space or a shortage of qualified staff, leaving 20,000 kids on the waiting list.

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