COVID-19: childcare for children of people working in crucial sectors

Childcare will be provided exclusively to children whose parents or guardians are key workers, but only if the children don’t have a fever, a cough or a cold. This allows key workers to go to work and keep society running. Key workers are people who work in sectors where continuity is essential in the current situation. If you are a key worker in one of these crucial sectors you can send your children to school or childcare. Also if you have a key role in one of these crucial sectors. 

Crucial sectors in connection with COVID-19

In the specific context of the COVID-19 outbreak, there are certain sectors and processes that are crucial in keeping society running. Parents and guardians who work in these crucial sectors can make use of childcare. The following sectors and processes have been classified as crucial:

  • Healthcare and care, including the production and transportation of medicines and medical devices.
  • Education: teachers and support staff who are needed to provide distance learning, childcare at schools and exam supervision.
  • Public transport.
  • Food supply. This should be understood in the broadest sense and includes supermarkets, deliveries to supermarkets, the food processing industry and related transport, the collection of products from farms, deliveries of animal feed and other products to farms and access for harvest workers.
  • Transportation of fuel, including coal, oil, petrol and diesel.
  • Refuse and waste collection.
  • Childcare.
  • Media and communication, in so far as this work relates to providing society with necessary information about the current situation.
  • Emergency services (the police service and Defence organisation have already been classified as critical):
  • control room processes
  • fire services
  • ambulance services
  • Regional Emergency Medical Services (GHOR)
  • safety regions’ crisis management.
  • essential government processes (central, provincial and municipal government), such as payment of benefits and allowances, population affairs, consulates and embassies, custodial institutions and forensic clinics.

Critical processes

In the Netherlands certain businesses’ processes are always classified as critical. This applies to around 100 businesses which were already aware of their status. If you are a key worker in one of these critical processes, you can send your children to school or childcare.

  • National transportation/distribution of electricity
  • Regional distribution of electricity
  • Gas production and national transportation/distribution of gas
  • Regional distribution of gas
  • Oil supply   
  • Internet and data services
  • Internet access and data traffic   
  • Speech-communication services and text messaging  
  • Geolocation and time information via GNSS
  • Drinking water supply
  • Flood defences and water management
  • Flight and aircraft handling 
  • Vessel traffic service   
  • Large-scale production, processing and/or storage of chemicals and petrochemicals
  • Storage, production and processing of nuclear materials
  • Retail transactions
  • Consumer financial transactions   
  • High-value transactions between banks   
  • Securities trading  
  • Communication with and between emergency services through 112 and C2000
  • Police deployment  
  • Personal Records Database and Organisational Records Database
  • Interconnectivity (transaction infrastructure between records database)   
  • Electronic messaging and the provision of information to the public   
  • Identification and authentication of citizens and businesses   
  • Military deployment 
  • Passenger and freight transport by rail
  • Transport by road