The Netherlands' Child Guarantee National Action Plan - An overview
2021 was a turning point in the fight against child poverty, with the launch of two landmark initiatives, the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child Guarantee.
As EU Member States submit their Child Guarantee National Action Plans, Eurochild will share highlights from each plan that members, children's rights advocates and influencers can use in their own work to ensure children's rights remain high on the political agendas across Europe.
The Dutch Child Guarantee National Action Plan submitted on 21 April focuses on:
- Reimboursing 95% of the costs of early childcare to all working parents;
- Investing an extra billion € each year to improve the quality of Dutch education;
- Continuing efforts to improve comprehensive maternal care;
- Setting Healthy Schools Coordinators for each school in the Netherlands by 2040;
- Combatting homelessness and the housing crisis, by accelerating the construction of new homes to around 100,000/year.
Despite the deadline on 15 March, only 14 EU Member States have released their National Action Plan at the time of publishing of this overview. Eurochild and its members will continue to call on Member States to release their plans and to work on ensuring the Child Guarantee National Action Plans helps end child poverty.
This overview presents highlights extracted from the National Action Plan (NAP) from The Netherlands published on 27/04/2022. It is not exhaustive nor does it evaluate the NAP and uses the same terms as those in the NAP. It is intended to summarise key elements and to signpost stakeholders to other relevant analyses.