Zero measurement Childcare Dutch Caribbean

The report ‘Zero Measurement Childcare Dutch Caribbean’ has been prepared in the context of the agreements made between the public entities of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba and the relevant ministries to jointly structurally improve childcare and the system of pre- and after-school facilities in the Dutch Caribbean.

This study helps local and national policymakers in the implementation of the Bes(t) 4 kids programme. This programme describes how the public entities of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba and the central government (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) and Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) are working together to strengthen childcare and pre- and after-school facilities in the Caribbean Netherlands and, in conjunction with education and youth aid and youth care organisations, to achieve an integrated approach for children in the Caribbean Netherlands.

The research was conducted in the period September 2018 – February 2019, through literature review, expert interviews, and interviews with childcare organisations, schools and stakeholders in Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba. In addition, a survey was conducted among parents to capture their perspective regarding childcare as well. This provided a broad picture of developments on the islands.

1 April 2019

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