The childcare protocol has been amended in response to the cabinet’s new quarantine directive. Additional information is included for parents returning from a holiday country with orange or red travel advice.
Due to health risks it is not recommended to go on holiday to ‘orange countries’ and negative travel advice applies to ‘red countries’. Parents and children returning from a country with an orange or red travel advice due to the coronavirus are strongly advised to remain in quarantine for 14 days. In the future, this will most likely become an obligation. Read more about this on the website of the Dutch government
Children 4 to 12 do go to daycare
Children from 4 to 12 years old are allowed to go to school and childcare (including childminder care), unless they have corona-related complaints or a housemate with fever and / or shortness of breath. Children are an exception to the rule, because it is based on the limited role of children in the spread of COVD-19 and the less intensive contact they have at this age with teachers, pedagogical staff and childminders. Parents are not allowed to pick up or bring their children themselves during their 14 days at home quarantine.
Children up to 4 years of age do not go to daycare
For children up to 4 years old, they are not allowed to go to daycare or childminders during their quarantine period. This is a precautionary measure, because of the frequent and intensive contact (care, feeding, hugging) that children in this age category have with the pedagogical staff and childminders.