Belgium (DE): Restructuring of early childhood education and care
In April 2022, the Minister of Education and the Regional Centre for Early Childhood Care (RZKB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to convert the RZKB from a non-profit organization to a public interest institution. This Memorandum of Understanding sets the framework for the reorientation of early childhood care. Both the Regional Centre for Early Childhood Care (RZKB) and the service for the healthy development of children and young people, Kaleido Ostbelgien, are affected by the reorientation.
In preparation for this structural reform, the RZKB took over the monitoring and counselling of the self-employed (co-)childminders and the childminding centres on 1 January 2023. Both were previously the responsibility of Kaleido Ostbelgien.
In addition to the planed structural changes, the Minister of Education, Lydia Klinkenberg, wants to introduce a "full statute" for conventional childminders (“Tagesmütter”) with all the privileges of an employee contract in 2024.
Source: Eurydice Unit Belgium (DE)