"Urgent demand for childcare"

25th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 June 2007, AMSTERDAM – By 2010 there will not be enough childcare to meet demand. Some 350 thousand couples will be looking for childcare at that time. Last year that number was 210 thousand.

25 June 2007

AMSTERDAM – By 2010 there will not be enough childcare to meet demand. Some 350 thousand couples will be looking for childcare at that time. Last year that number was 210 thousand.

The ING Bank has come to this conclusion on the basis of research that the bank has commissioned into the "turbulent" developments in the childcare sector.

Four thousand new care facilities will have to be established in the coming years, employing 34 thousand new employees. The increase in the number of facilities could lead to a 70-percent increase in turnover in the sector: from EUR 2.1 billion last year to EUR 3.6 billion in 2010.

The childcare sector outlook from ING Bank was presented to the professional association of childcare directors on Monday. The researchers urge that the sector expand and improve professionalism in its financial record keeping.

The report calls on municipalities, schools, childcare facilities, housing corporations and sport and welfare organisations to do something to prevent the long waiting lists that could result from the increased demand.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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