Parents to pay rocketing prices for day nursery
Working parents can expect to pay an increase of EUR 1,400 per year in 2009.28 April 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - An investigation showing the cost of day nursery places for working parents’ children is set to rocket in 2009, reports De Volkskrant.
The average increase per year will be EUR 1,400, with those on high incomes paying twice as much as at present.
The hike is the result of new government regulations in the face of burgeoning public costs.
In 2007, EUR 2.4 billion was spent on day nursery provision for working parents; nearly half a billion more than budgeted.
A nursery sector spokesman describes it as "incomprehensible" that the government is helping to destroy its own successful policy.
"First, they give incentives for parents to work more and push for an increase in nursery capacity and, then, they take fright at the cost and decide to get the parents to foot the bill," she complains.
[Radio Netherlands / Mike Wilcox / Expatica]
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