About BES(t) 4 Kids

Integral care structure

In the Caribbean Netherlands the Expertise Centers Educational Care (EOZ) support pupils who threaten to get stuck in education due to developmental or behavioral issues. A similar care structure for children in daycare and out-of-school care is still missing, whilst young children with special care or upbringing needs deserve good and adequate care. That is why BES(t) 4 kids is working on a statutory integral care structure for childcare, education and after-school care.

The objective is that the organizations for daycare and after-school care cooperate with the schools and other partners in order to offer every child the care they need.

The integral care structure is built on the educational care structure already offered by the islands. Two important guiding principles apply:

  • organizations for daycare and after-school are able to care for and counsel children with developmental and/or behavioral issues within the organization (inclusive care);
  • organizations for daycare and after-school can claim specialist expertise and facilities for the children who need this.

Anticipating on the legislation and regulations, arrangements are agreed on, between the public entities and organizations for daycare, after-school and education. This has already started in 2020. This way public entities can take temporary measures in order to support certain groups of children with additional support or care needs.