There are different child care systems

If you want to register for child care, make sure you register as soon as possible: there may be (long) waiting lists, particularly for babies. In other words: do not wait to register until your child is born.

You can use child care for children between the age of 8 months and 3 years. Children sometimes stay at home with their parents or grandparents take care of them; however, most Belgian children attend child care.

There are different child care systems:

  • A childminder takes care of children (max. 8 per adult) in his or her own home.
  • You can also choose a day care centre. They can be owned by a private organisation / person or by the government.
  • If you choose to register for a kindergarten of centre owned by the City of Ghent you can go to the website of kinderopvangpunt (Dutch).