NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 12:49
More than a fifth of working parents with a child on the waiting list for childcare have reduced their working hours because there is no childcare available yet. This is shown by research commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs. According to research by the agency I & O Research, this is 22 percent.
While there is still considerable shortage on the labor market, waiting lists in childcare are still a problem. Parents also compromise with working hours themselves: almost one fifth (18 percent) of parents with a child on a waiting list work at times other than their preference, because they cannot find suitable childcare at their preferred times.
One fifth of the parents who do not use childcare think it is too expensive.
Parents say they are “a lot of stress” because of the childcare problem. Some arrange it with the help of family or friends, but also say that this is not a structural solution. Some parents take their children to the grandparents. “They are actually too old to care for, but there is no other solution,” said a participant in the study. Another participant says that they have started working less: “That in turn leads to financial problems, less income and more stress.”
Almost all professional groups are facing a shortage, the UWV previously reported. Minister Van Gennip of Social Affairs and Employment has often called the shortage on the labor market “a major problem”. She said earlier that she will work with employers and the cabinet to get people to work more hours or to change schedules, so that people can combine work and private life.
At the same time, childcare companies are also struggling with staff shortages. Last summer, the sector and interest group for parents sent Boink urgent letters to the cabinet. There is a shortage of about 4,000 employees and this threatens to increase to about 35,000 in 2025.
The industry went on strike in 2021 for the first time in twenty years out of dissatisfaction with the workload.
Almost half of expectant parents (46 percent) are on a waiting list. A quarter is on it for between six and twelve months, a group of 9 percent even longer than a year. Parents from North Holland, South Holland and Utrecht (West region) are more often on a waiting list than parents from other regions.
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