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    Review of the 'Creating Child Development and Care Centres' educational seminar

    A seminar entitled 'Creating Child Development and Care Centres: lessons learned from pioneers and experts' organised by Van Doorne's Knowledge & Education sector team was held on 19 May 2016. Political and non-political discussions on integrated types of primary education and child care are currently in full swing, but how can the content of these discussions be implemented within what legal frameworks? Which factors should be taken into consideration? Van Doorne's Knowlegde & Education team debated these points with directors, executive directors, advisors and policymakers. Saskia Laseur, notary and partner at Van Doorne, welcomed them and gave an introduction to the topic.

    Gijs van Rozendaal, president of Het Kinderopvangfonds (Childcare Fund), presented the plenary part of the seminar. The main question at the start of Kindcentra 2020 (Childcare Centres) was: 'What should our system look like in the future?' This should in any event include free right of access for all children and the opportunity for one sole organisation to offer education and care. 'Freedom of choice for parents and childcare & education organisations alike will always be very important in this connection.' Kindcentra 2020 provides an option, not a blueprint.

    After the plenary presentation, participants were divided up into two smaller working groups to discuss the existing options in the present system.

    During the 'Integrated organisation and control' workshop, Saskia Laseur, Barbara Voermans and Jochem Streefkerk examined the possible legal forms for child development and care centres. The practical functioning of these models was discussed extensively, and participants had plenty of opportunities to exchange their own experiences with one another. As Saskia Laseur explained: 'The idea here is not to make these organisations superfluous but to examine ways of coordinating them with one another until new legislation on child development and care centres has been implemented.' Barbara Voermans and Jochem Streefkerk gave a detailed analysis of the option for implementing integrated organisation when setting up participation in decision-making. Integration of various bodies of multiple types of control is definitely possible if the parties take legislation and regulations into account - as well as e.g. the difference between a public appointment and an employment contract.

    The 'Housing and VAT-friendly collaboration' workshop was given by Martijn Nolen, Daniëlle Westerhoff and Chantal Martens. Practical matters following a decision to work together were discussed during this workshop. These included questions such as who is responsible for the building, how to flesh out the relevant cooperation agreements and leases, and how to ensure the most favourable VAT in a technical sense? This workshop was interactive and the flipover and markers were kept very busy.

    Participants were still discussing the various options and points for attention concerning Kindcentra 2020 over drinks after the seminar. The Knowledge & Education team looks back on an interactive and successful afternoon. If you have any questions on the issues discussed, or if you would like more information, please contact one of our specialists.