Cheaper preschool for language-deficient children
Parents of toddlers with language problems will pay a reduced tariff for preschool education in an effort to 'level the playing field' in primary schools.
The Hague – Preschool education will be available for toddlers with language deficiencies at a significant discount, the ministry of education announced Friday.
Preschool programmes are generally for children aged two and three years-old, and are thought to improve linguistic abilities through guided play and learning.
However, preschool education in the Netherlands typically cost EUR 645 per year.
The ministry cited research suggesting the financial contribution is the main reason parents do not send their children to such programmes.
The new subsidy will reduce the yearly tariff to EUR 105.
"Every child should have an equal chance when beginning primary school,” said deputy education minister Sharon Dijksma. “My aim is that no child will start school at a disadvantage.
“By reducing parents' financial contribution to preschool education, we have taken a good step."
Dijksma has set aside EUR 20 million for the measure, which will be implemented by municipalities, rather than centrally by the ministry.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica