More childcare subsidy, especially for wealthier parents


There will be more childcare subsidies from 2017, especially for families on higher incomes, according to a report in the Telegraaf.

The government announced new rules on Friday meaning a family making €100,000 a year – around three times the most common income – could get €944 euros more a year in childcare rebates. All parents will have at least a third of care costs refunded.

The AD also reports that the number of babies per carer in nurseries will also be reduced from 2018, from four-to-one to three-to-one, to reduce ‘damaging’ stress on babies.

More cash for childcare was decided last year in talks between the government coalition partners, and opposition parties the D66 and the CDA. Lodewijk Asscher, minister for social affairs, announced how the extra money would be spent on Friday.

Lower income families are expected to benefit less from the new childcare subsidy money, since most of their childcare costs are already refunded by the state.

The new measures, which include a limit of two carers for baby groups, and requirements for carers to speak good Dutch and have more special training, will cost €180 million a year.

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