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I am newly pregnant and already being put under pressure from friends about the importance of securing a creche spot. The baby will be due in March and I'll go back to work end of August 2013, so I'd need a spot from mid August 2013. I am looking for recommendations from personal experiences. Both parents are English speaking, both have a decent working knowledge of French and basic Dutch. With costs, we'd prefer a public creche, but the most important thing is the safety and well being of our child and there is no price on that.
Thank you for any suggestions

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If you are going back to work, uou really need to concentrate on secure A place, not just a place based on recommendations which are in any case pretty subjective. Go and visit as many creches as possible and read their K&G or ONE inspection reports BEFORE signing a contract and also do google research (you might find a creche claiming K&G or ONE accreditation is in fact a lie or you might find the creche has been subject to investigations and has not lost its accreditation).
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Why do you prefer a public creche? Only those on a low income are going to have reduced fees at a creche and in any case, Etterbeek has no communal "public" creches.
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You will find 2 creche chains, plus a few individual creches, which cost more than other creches, they are marketed to expats. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this, if costs are a major factor in choice, then resist any pressure to sign a contract with these creches straightway, they are likely to still have places, I'd take the risk to wait and find a cheaper creche place, then only sign with these expensive creches if all other choices are full.

Jul 30, 2012 11:00