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Arrange childcare: don't wait too long

Everything about childcare: planning, benefits and costs

When you, as a parent, return to work after giving birth, finding reliable childcare is a crucial step. In this blog we delve deeper into the importance of childcare, the benefits for your child, how you can best arrange childcare, and not to forget the costs involved.

Why choose childcare?

Childcare offers more than just care; it is a place where your child develops social skills, learns to share and interacts with other children. These experiences are invaluable for your child's emotional and social development.

The importance of timely registration

Due to often long waiting lists at childcare centers, it is advisable to register your child early during pregnancy. This ensures you a spot and gives you peace of mind when you return to work. You can sometimes easily be on the childcare waiting list for a year, so don't wait too long.

Childcare costs

Childcare costs can be a significant expense. Here are some factors that affect costs:

  • Type of childcare: The choice between day care, after-school care, or childminder care can influence the costs.
  • Location: Childcare centers in urban areas can be more expensive than in rural areas.
  • Hourly rate: Rates vary per shelter. On average, childcare costs €8.95 per hour. Compare the rates and what they offer.
  • Parents' working hours: Depending on your working hours, you may be eligible for a contribution towards childcare costs. This depends on your joint income and the number of hours you work.

Contribution to costs

  • The government offers a childcare allowance to support parents financially.
  • The amount of the allowance depends on your income, the number of children in childcare and the number of hours you work.
  • Use the online calculation tools to get an estimate of the allowance you are eligible for.

Choosing the right childcare

Various factors play a role when choosing the right childcare:

  • Location: Close to home or work for convenience.
  • Pedagogical vision: Does the approach to daycare fit your parenting style?
  • Atmosphere and facilities: Make sure you feel comfortable with the atmosphere and facilities of the shelter.
  • Experiences of other parents: Ask around and read reviews.


Childcare is an essential link in the balance between work and family. By planning early and carefully considering all options, you can make the best choice for you and your child. Pay close attention to costs and possible financial support to minimize the impact on your budget. For more advice about childcare and managing costs, we at Verloskundigen are always ready to help you.

With kind regards,

The midwives of PuurBegin


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