Mini-crèches are small-scale facilities operating at a level intermediate between a crèche and a parental assistant, designed to welcome up to 11 children aged from 0 to 12 years, including a maximum of four babies aged less than one year. From 7 January 2019, they will be opening their doors and will be managed by a team of two qualified persons: a social education worker or educator (éducateur gradué ou diplômé) and a person who has completed training in the socio-educational area in relation to children or who holds a parental assistance training certificate.
An alternative amongst the State-approved childcare facilities
Thanks to their size, their local presence and their staff, the mini-crèches will be able to offer children and their parents a a framework more like a family environment. The idea is to set them up in places that are more decentralised, such as small municipalities, so as to bring the childcare facilities closer to the family home. As to the opening hours, each mini-crèche will be open continuously from 5.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. This will create an element of flexibility to help parents who work outside normal working hours.
Multilingual education and 20 hour's free childcare
The mini-crèches will benefit from the service voucher system (chèque-service accueil, CSA) system and, unlike parental assistants, will apply the multilingual education programme for children aged from 1 to 4 years. Such children will enjoy 20 hours' free childcare per week, 46 weeks per year. Quality monitoring will be performed by regional agents seconded to the National Youth Service (Service national de la jeunesse, SNJ).
The number of children aged from 0 to 12 years currently attending a childcare facility in Luxembourg amounts to approximately 52,000.
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal / Source: Press release from the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth)