According to the annual 2013 report by the Office of birth and childhood (Office de la naissance et de l’enfance (ONE) the cover rate for 0-3 year olds has gone up in the Wallonia – Brussels Federation (FWB). But the situation is still critical in Brussels, in the Hainaut province and in Liège, La Libre Belgique and La Dernière Heure reported on Friday. To check the evolution of the situation for small children, there is a “cover rate”. This is the comparison between the total number of places available and an estimation of the number of children old enough to go to an establishment.
The European objective “from Barcelona” fixes the cover rate at 33%. This is for children from 0 to 3. This concerns crèches as well as preschools and primary schools.
But if we only look at the number of children who are old enough to go to a crèche (0 – 2,5), the global cover rate for 2013 in the FWB is 29%. And the situation is critical in the sub-regions of Brussels (23,3%), Hainaut (25,8%) and Liège (28,2%).