Sector inquires and warns: ‘Closure threatens many day-care centres’

A cough or runny nose is no exception for nursery staff. Corona has not changed that. But it is different than before in that staff now have to be tested in the event of such health complaints. “And that takes too long,” says director Emmeline Bijlsma of the childcare organisation. The branch warns that childcare organisations are going to collapse

A poll shows that one in three nurseries expects to close soon. “They cant knit the schedules,” says Bijlsma. “One in three crรจches cannot use 10% of its staff. This, in combination with the already existing structural staff shortage, means that there is no other option but to close”, says Bijlsma. “The situation is dire

Snot nose in the autumn

With autumn approaching, the start of the flu season, day-care centres are still very concerned. Bijlsma: “That manifests itself in a rare high response rate In the survey, 220 organisations of the 1100 affiliated organisations with the Branch Organisation Childcare and the Branch Association Social Childcare took part. These 220 organisations have an average of 186 staff members, ranging from two people to 5500 staff members.

According to the trade associations, a solution lies in having childcare staff tested as a matter of priority, which is why they are knocking on the door of the Ministry of Social Affairs this afternoon. But they are not the only ones: people with vital professions in care and education also want priority in the Corona Testing Street.

The branch organisation calls childcare the “facilitator of the economy”: without childcare millions of people cannot work. “Childcare really must be given priority”, according to the sector association. “Otherwise the Netherlands will come to a standstill again

Bijlma therefore advocates using the list of crucial professions to determine who should be given priority in the coronate tests:

The survey shows that 75% of members are currently missing out on 5% of their staff. 35% say they are missing more than 10% of their staff. The reason for staff absence is, in 77% of all cases, waiting for a coronation test or a result.

Bijlsma hopes that the ministry will raise with Hugo de Jonge that something must be done about the testing capacity. “Ultimately, the minister must get moving”

The branch organisations do not expect staff to avoid a coronation test beforehand in order to be able to continue working. “I do not think so, we are a clean industry

Simply putting someone else in front of the group is not desirable, according to Bijlsma. “Nor should we, we must not put unauthorised people in front of the group. We do not want that either, we are not a babysitting centre

Young children, in particular, have to get used to the person standing in front of the group. In addition, the demands placed on nurseries and staff are high. “You cant just change