As is always the case when it comes to safety issues – we are following the advice of the authorities in the relevant field. In this case, that is the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
Status 25-02-2021 10.30h:
Daycare reopened, out-of-school care remains closed
The government announced on 23 February that out-of-school care must remain closed until at least 15 March. This means the current situation will not change: out-of-school care is still open for emergency care only. Daycare and toddler care will remain open.
Out-of-school care will remain closed
The government has decided that out-of-school care provisions must remain closed for the time being. The reason for this is that the groups of children at wraparound care are not the same as those in schools, which could mean that providing wraparound care could lead to more infections.
In the interest of safety, health and compliance with the current national childcare guidelines, we unfortunately do not see any possibilities for offering lunchbreak care.
Emergency out-of-school care
Emergency out-of-school childcare will still be provided for children where one or both of the parents are essential workers and for vulnerable children. Emergency out-of-school care will be available during your location’s normal opening times. The school is responsible for ensuring alignment with childcare and will make the necessary arrangements with the out-of-school care location.
If you were already using emergency care, your arrangement will remain in place for as long as lockdown continues. If you would like to make any changes, please contact your location.
If you are not yet using emergency childcare but wish to start doing so, please contact your location. After registration, the ‘regular contract days’ will be processed in the system as emergency childcare.
Daycare and preschool open
All children who attend daycare or preschool are very welcome once again on the contract days we have agreed with you. We can no longer offer emergency childcare in the daycare and preschool settings. If your child will not attend, please let us know through the parent portal.
Decision tree - is childcare available for my child?
Please note that your child can only come to daycare if he or she has no symptoms. The BOinK decision tree helps you to find out if your child can come to the childcare centre. Please check carefully before dropping off your child. Because: if one person from the group gets the coronavirus, the entire group could possibly have to self-isolate. This would have a significant impact on the children, on you and other parents, and on our team.
Exchanging – in line with the rules – is still possible. However, because we need to abide by the corona guidelines, the exchange options are very limited.
Reimbursement of your personal contribution
The reimbursement you receive when your child visits out-out-of-school care will continue. For more information on compensation and the conditions, please go to the government website. We will inform you about when and how to receive the compensation as soon as this is announced.
The personal contribution you pay exceeds the maximum government compensation. The excess portion above this maximum will be reimbursed through us. You will be notified of the relevant details at a later stage.
We can get corona under control together
Below you can read what we are doing and what you can do.
What we are doing:
- We are limiting contact with each child and each employee as far as possible.
- We are continuing to evaluate the size of the groups critically.
What you can do:
- Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres.
- Drop off and collect as quickly as possible.
- Drop off and collect your child alone.
- Follow the walking route.
- Stay outside insofar possible. Need to come inside anyway? Then wear a face mask.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Which websites provide more general information?
- RIVM (https://www.rivm.nl/en)
- Rijksoverheid (https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19)
Can my child go to childcare?
BOINK (Association of Parents in Childcare) developed a decision tree in collaboration with RIVM, among others. With the decision tree, parents can assess whether or not a child can go to childcare.
The latest version of the decision tree can be downloaded on the BOINK-website (english version available).
Take a look at the decision tree before bringing your child to daycare. If somebody from the group catches coronavirus, it is likely that the whole group has to go into quarantine. This has a major impact on the children, you and other parents, and our colleagues.
Due to further tightening of contact tracing and the quarantine policy for children, it may be necessary for (parts of) groups to quarantine at home for the time being. Do I have to keep paying during the quarantine period?
Everyone will agree that it is not ideal that children are not able to come to daycare, whatever the reason is. If (part of) a group at one of our locations has to quarantine at home unexpectedly, we request that parents continue to pay their invoices.
The reason for this is that our location remains open as usual, even though (part of) a group is in quarantine. As such, daycare would be provided as normal if quarantine was not needed.
This means the situation is different from a complete closure during lockdown periods (still in place for out-of-school care). During this closure, enforced by the government, we were simply unable to deliver childcare because our locations were closed. This was resolved by way of the government’s compensation scheme. The government has not yet announced whether there will be any reimbursement of costs in quarantine situations. We will inform you as soon as we have more information.
Childcare allowance will continue as normal as long as you pay your invoices.
Together with you, we will do everything we can to keep our locations open and minimise the risk of infection as much as possible, so that we can continue to care for your children at our locations.
In 2020 I was able to work fewer hours per month than expected. Will this affect the calculation of my childcare allowance?
Parents who were able to work fewer hours per month than expected will receive childcare allowance for the childcare hours they have continued to pay in 2020.
To this end, the government has broadened the number of hours for which parents can receive childcare allowance for the year 2020. This measure prevents parents who have worked fewer hours as a result of the corona crisis from getting into trouble. More information about this can be found on this government website (dutch text only).
Why does Korein send child data to the GGD for source and contact investigations without the explicit consent of the parents/caregivers?
The GGD has a legal obligation to conduct a source and contact investigation in the event of an infection with the coronavirus. This is stipulated in the Public Health Act. The manner in which the GGD implements these investigations is set out within the RIVM protocol for source and contact investigation. The GGD is legally obliged to work according to this protocol. Our organisation also has a legal obligation to contribute to their investigations.
In addition to our organisation's obligation to cooperate in source and contact investigations, we, as an organisation, have a responsibility to act carefully and quickly in order to limit the spread of the virus within the organisation. This is necessary because the health of our employees and children is at risk (legitimate interest within the GDPR). We have carefully considered the balance between 'the privacy of child data' on the one hand and 'the social and organisational interest in limiting the spread of the virus' on the other hand. For us, the social and organisational interests currently hold the greatest importance.
In practice, this means that we only pass on names and telephone numbers to the GGD of children who were present on specific days. This information is sent securely. If we were to request consent in advance, it would take too long for the GGD to receive our information. In addition, other children and staff are at risk of infection if consent is not granted. It is for these reasons that the legislator has provided other options (legitimate interest and legal duty) upon which we can rely.
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