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Financing ECEC Services
Financing ECEC Services
Financing ECEC Services
Financing ECEC Services
Financing ECEC Services
Financing ECEC Services
Financing ECEC Services
Financing ECEC Services
Financing ECEC Services
Financing ECEC Services
Financing ECEC Services
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Financing ECEC Services

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  • At the beginning of my speech I told you that Kind en Gezin is the central director as it comes to the management of child care. However the Flemish government becomes more and more aware of the importance of working together with local authorities to bring childcare where it is mostly needed. In this way local authorities were recently recognises by a decision of the government as a partner of Kind en Gezin. Which means that Kind en Gezin will ask local authorities for advice as it comes to subsidize new child care provisions. This means that local authorities are commissioned to make up a local policy plan, that produces a quantitative and a qualitative analysis of the existing care provisions in the local community, Brings together the local needs in the area of child care Based on the above steps decisions are taken and translated into concrete policy options for the local level.
  • At the beginning of my speech I told you that Kind en Gezin is the central director as it comes to the management of child care. However the Flemish government becomes more and more aware of the importance of working together with local authorities to bring childcare where it is mostly needed. In this way local authorities were recently recognises by a decision of the government as a partner of Kind en Gezin. Which means that Kind en Gezin will ask local authorities for advice as it comes to subsidize new child care provisions. This means that local authorities are commissioned to make up a local policy plan, that produces a quantitative and a qualitative analysis of the existing care provisions in the local community, Brings together the local needs in the area of child care Based on the above steps decisions are taken and translated into concrete policy options for the local level.
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    • 1. Financing ECEC Services Bea Buysse Christele Van Nieuwenhuyzen Kind en Gezin Flanders (Belgium)
    • 2. Content of the presentation <ul><li>Background information on ECEC in Flanders </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement of accessibility: priority rules and income related contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Financing system child care </li></ul>
    • 3. Background information on ECEC in Flanders <ul><li>Split system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Childcare for children under the age of 3: day care centres and family day carers. Responsibility Minister of Welfare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-primary starts at the age of 2.5. Responsibility Minister of Education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Further presentation only concerns child care </li></ul>
    • 4. Background information on child care services in Flanders INFORMAL CARE FORMAL CARE Grandparents, relatives, neighbours, au pairs,… Accredited and subsidized child care services Independent child care services with a licence Independent child care only registered Centre based Crèches Independent crèches Family setting Services for family day care Independent family day carers
    • 5. Background information on the use of child care in Flanders (2009) <ul><ul><li>63,2% of the children from 2 months till 3 years are frequent users of child care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Informal child care: 24,0% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Formal child care: 73,4% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Out of school care: 2,8% </li></ul></ul></ul>
    • 6. Frequent users of childcare among children from 2 months till age 3 by origin, social situation and family situation (2009) Children from non Belgian origin 32,6% Children from Belgian origin 70,8% Children living in deprived families 21,0% Children in non deprived families 65,7% Children in a one-parent family 54,6% Children in a two-parent family 63,8% All Children 63,2%
    • 7. Improvement of accessibility <ul><li>Two important measures has been taken </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adaptation of the priority rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extension of the system of income related parental contributions </li></ul></ul>
    • 8. Improvement of accessibility: priority rules <ul><li>Since February 2009: priority rules has been introduced in the accredited and subsidized child care services and will be monitored </li></ul><ul><li>Priority for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children from families with a low income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children from families for whom child care is important in view of their economic and social inclusion. For instance single parents following a training or searching for work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children for whom it is desirable for social and/or pedagogical reasons to receive care and supervision outside their own families during the day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Priority rules apply for at least 20% of the capacity </li></ul>
    • 9. Improvement of accessibility: income related contributions <ul><li>Extension of the system of income related contributions to the independent sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>System exist already a very long time in the subsidized crèches and family day care services. Government compensate for the lost of income. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contributions fluctuate between 1.42 Euro (1.75 USD) and 25 Euro (30.9 USD) for a full day. Social rate, even a zero contribution, is possible after social inquiry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent crèches and family day carers can choose for working with income related parental contributions. Government guarantees a income of 25 Euro (30.9 USD) per day for the crèches and 17 Euro (21 USD) per day for family day care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At the moment (after quit a bit more than one year) about 1 in 4 independent crèches has chosen for this system </li></ul></ul>
    • 10. Financing child care <ul><li>Situation today </li></ul><ul><li>Plans </li></ul>
    • 11. Financing child care: situation today <ul><li>Accredited crèches and family day care services: fully subsidized </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Total amount per place: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Crèches: about 11,700 Euro (14,500 USD) per place per year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Family day care services: about 4,100 Euro (5,050 USD) per place per year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Independent crèches and family day care </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A very limited subsidy for crèches (+ requirement regarding to the quality of the crèche): about 550 Euro per per place per year (680 USD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No funding for independent family day carers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plus a compensation for lost income in case of income related contributions </li></ul></ul>
    • 12. Financing child care: plans <ul><li>A fundamental revise of the financing system in the child care </li></ul><ul><li>Fits in the development of a new decree for child care in Flanders </li></ul><ul><li>Development of a new law as a reference for all future regulations concerning child care </li></ul><ul><li>Defining a new structure for all child care services in Flanders </li></ul><ul><li>System of licenses : no license = no child care - No distinction anymore between accredited and independent child care services </li></ul><ul><li>Same minimal quality requirements for all licensed child care. </li></ul><ul><li>Equal funding of the child care services . </li></ul>
    • 13. A fundamental revise of the financing system in the child care <ul><li>Equal and justified basic subsidy accessible in the same way for every facility </li></ul><ul><li>Basic subsidy completed by performance-related subsidies </li></ul><ul><li>Every facility should work preferably with contributions for the parents according to their income </li></ul><ul><li>TIMING: implementation January 2012 </li></ul>

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