Latest developments Covid-19

Update 19 May 2020

Herewith the latest information on the government measures

https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/news/2020/05/19/tackling-coronavirus-the-next-step

Update 6 May 2020

Herewith the latest information on the government measures

https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2020/05/06/avoid-busy-places-and-stay-1.5-metres-away-from-others

Update 29 April 2020

BOINK represents parents and parents’ groups within the Dutch day care branch organization and government. They are looking to design a compensation scheme for the personal contribution paid by non Childcare allowance parents. Even although we at Big Ben Kids developed our own compensation scheme to support our parents in this difficult time and are currently in the process of reimbursing you, we encourage you to complete the form as requested by BOINK to allow them to form a view on compensation and give them a better understanding of the situation within this parent sector. They work hard on a daily basis to represent parents and your co-operation is appreciated.

https://www.boink.info/coronavirus-kinderopvang/questionnaire-for-parents-who-do-not-receive-childcare-benefit

Update 22 April 2020

Herewith the latest information on the extension of government measures and opening of childcare centres.
More detailed information for parents will be sent as soon as possible by email

https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/news/2020/04/21/measures-to-stop-the-spread-of-coronavirus-extended

Update 2 April 2020

Further information regarding financial compensation for parents will be sent later today.

Update 1st April 2020

Yesterday, the current measures have been extended until at least April 28.

Update 30 March 2020

On Monday, the Dutch government announced more stringent measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The current rules and measures are explained below.

At home

  • Stay at home as much as possible. Only leave the house to go to work if you cannot work from home, to go grocery shopping or to provide care for others. This measure will remain in place until at least 6 April and possibly longer. You can go outside for some fresh air but go alone.
  • You have to stay home if you have a cough or a cold. Stay home from work as well. If any member of your household has a fever, the whole household has to stay home. The rules are different for people who work in crucial sectors or critical processes (see the list): these key workers only have to stay home from work if they themselves present with these symptoms and a fever.
  • Limit the number of visitors to three people and keep at least 1.5 metres apart from each other.
  • Nursing homes and small group homes for older people are closed to visitors.

In public

  • Keep at least 1.5 metres away from others at all times. If three or more people who are not part of the same household fail to keep at least 1.5 metres away from each other, they may incur a fine of up to €400 each.

This does not apply to children who are playing together outside.

  • Mayors are now able to introduce local emergency legislation to enforce these measures. This will enable them to quickly close specific locations, such as beaches, parks and campsites.

Schools

  • Primary schools, secondary schools, vocational schools and childcare facilities will remain closed until Monday 6 April and possibly longer. Schools and childcare facilities will still provide childcare for children of key workers.
  • Schools for higher professional education and universities have to offer online teaching rather than large-group lectures.

Events

  • Events are banned until 1 June, including those with less than 100 participants. Events are here defined as planned gatherings that require a permit. Smaller gatherings are also banned until 6 April and possibly longer.
  • Funerals and church weddings are excepted from this rule. Apart from this, churches and mosques must remain closed.

Shops

  • Shops and public transport services must take measures to ensure that people keep their distance from each other, such as introducing limits on the number of people allowed inside at the same time.
  • Businesses in contact-based industries, such as hair salons and beauty salons, must be closed until 6 April. Physiotherapists are urged to work via video calls as much as possible.

Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars

  • All restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, etc. will remain closed until at least Monday 6 April. They can still offer takeaway and delivery services. Weed shops are also allowed to offer takeaway services.
  • The same rules apply to casinos: they must be closed.

Other

  • Holiday parks must introduce measures to make sure people keep 1.5 metres apart. If they fail to do so, municipalities may close these locations.
  • Sports and fitness clubs, saunas and sex clubs have to remain closed until at least 6 April and possibly longer.

Update 24 March 2020

Big Ben Kids, like everyone, is responding to a rapidly changing and unprecedented set of circumstances.
As childcare centers our priority is to ensure the safety and health of the children in our care.  This means that we have been following the advice of the RIVM to stop our normal procedures as of March 16.
We have closed all our locations to all children other than to children with at least one parent that works in a vital sector.  This is the best way to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
We know that there are a lot of our parents that work in vital functions and are not able to work from home at this time.  For all these parents that work in vital sectors, we are still open and we welcome you at all our Big Ben Kids Locations.
If you wish to receive childcare at one of our locations please get in contact with your locations manager. This counts for all current families and any new families that need emergency care in these trying times.
In these difficult times, we are still here for you. In our Blog, we post many ideas about how you can entertain your children at home. This way they are still able to enjoy some of the amazing things they otherwise would miss out on.
If you require more information about our measures regarding Covid-19, please visit https://www.rivm.nl/en/news/current-information-about-novel-coronavirus-covid-19 or send an email to your location manager.

All the best,
Your Big Ben Kids Team