Shake-up looms for childcare funding

The entire Dutch pre-school childcare system is to be overhauled to cut costs and encourage more women to work, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday.

The paper says junior education minister Sharon Dijksma will publish the plans on September 16, when the annual budget is presented.
Sources tell the paper that the results of the Baker commission, which looked at ways of getting more people to work, form a starting point for the reforms.
The commission recommended making the cost of a cr̬che place dependent only on the income of the highest-earning parent Рmaking it more attractive for both parents to work.
The cost of government-subsidised childcare this year is some 25% over budget.

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