Host parents or Gastouders

Are you looking for childcare in The Hague? Host parents offer small-scale childcare facilities in a home environment for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. This arrangement tends to be more flexible as parents and host parents can mutually agree on the hours of care.

Children are cared for at the home of the gastouders, or host parents. Depending upon their age, children are taken into a group of up to 6 children, including the children or grandchildren of the host parents themselves. Host parents must be registered with a host parent agency. 

The host parent agency takes care of paying the host parent, mediates between the parents and the host parent and maintains regular contact with both the parents and the host parents. The agency generally provides items such as toys, a bed, a playpen and a bottle warmer.

Host parents are covered under the Dutch Childcare Act of 2005. This Act was created in order to increase the participation of women in the work force, the accessibility of childcare and the competition between childcare providers. The act provides for the financing of formal childcare and maintains quality and supervision standards for all childcare services.

Dutch childcare allowance

The Dutch childcare allowance (kinderopvangtoeslag) is a subsidy provided by the Dutch tax office (Belastingdienst) to help working families meet the cost of childcare in the Netherlands. The tax office provides an allowance for each child receiving professional childcare. It is calculated according to each family’s projected total monthly childcare costs and expected household income for that fiscal year. Proof of each family’s actual childcare costs and annual income is required at the end of the fiscal year.

The childcare allowance can be used to subsidise any form of professional childcare, including daycare centres (crèches), after school care, private childminders and nannies.

The right to receive Dutch childcare allowance is not limited to Dutch nationals. However, to apply for and receive the allowance the Dutch tax office requires all paperwork to be completed in Dutch.

Landelijk Register Kinderopvang en Peuterspeelzalen (LRKP)

Are you looking for childcare in The Hague? All official childcare facilities which meet the quality standards are listed in the so-called Landelijk Register Kinderopvang en Peuterspeelzalen (LRKP).

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Published: 7 March 2013Modified: 18 May 2017