Subsidised baby-sitters to be certified

25th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

The government has decided to require baby-sitters to be certified in order to qualify for state subsidy.

THE NETHERLANDS - The government has decided to require baby-sitters to be certified in order to qualify for state subsidy.

The cabinet also moved to abolish the so-called grandparent scheme. Originally the government intended to reduce the aid to people looking after their grandchildren.

Deputy Education Minister Sharon Dijksma said the implementation of a new scheme was too complicated. But rules for home child-minders will be relaxed.

As a result certified baby-sitters will now also be eligible for subsidy when caring for children at their parents' home.

The subsidy amount will be raised from four to five euros per hour per child.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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