The number of available places in Dutch-speaking preschool childcare located in Brussels is decreasing, sparking criticism from a Flemish MP, saying that Flanders is not doing enough for Brussels childcare.
Flemish MP Hannelore Goeman spoke out on Twitter about the specific drop in daycare options available to Dutch-speaking children in Brussels, which decreased from 6,962 in 2019 to 6,720 places in 2020. In previous years, these numbers had already been declining.
"What keeps every Flemish parent in Brussels awake at night? You’re right, whether there is room in Flemish day-care centres. And now the number of places is declining," the tweet reads. "Incomprehensible. Wouter Beke must now come up with a solid plan for extra places or even more families will leave due to lack of day-care options." This was highlighted during questioning in the Flemish Parliament by minister Wouter Beke. He stated that the main reason behind this decline was the fact that many French-speaking crèches no longer fall under the supervision of Kind & Gezin, and have instead joined ONE (its French-speaking counterpart).
Waar ligt elke NDL ouder in #Brussel ooit wakker van? Juist, of er plek is in NDL #kinderopvang. En nu gaat aantal plaatsen àchteruit. Onbegrijpelijk. @wbeke moet nù met stevig plan komen vr extra plaatsen of nog meer gezinnen trekken weg bij gebrek opvang https://t.co/Rvj4Nj2kCD— Hannelore Goeman (@HanneloreGoeman) February 2, 2021
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