Extra childcare costs mount up

Parents will have to pay an average €1,400 per child more towards childcare per year and high income families will have to pay double the current fee, according to calculations by the childcare providers’ association MOgroep.

The group bases its calculations on the cabinet’s decision to cut childcare subsidies, although it is not yet known which income groups will be affected.
Parents currently contribute around 19% of childcare costs. The rest is paid by the government and employers. The parental contribution is set to return to the 2006 level of 30%, the organisation says in Monday’s Volkskrant.
‘First ministers stimulate parents to work more by encouraging the creation of extra childcare capacity. Then they are scared by the costs and make parents pay,’ MOgroep chairman Lenny Versteeg tells the paper.

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