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Reception services for infants

Facilities for infants (crèches, day care)
The arrival of a little treasure in your family is a great source of happiness but it also demands a little bit of organisation! If you have a job and no one is able to help you to look after the baby, you will have to find a crèche or a day-care provider to take care of it when you are at work.

Every commune is responsible for reception services for infants through the network of communal crèches. You can contact your commune to request a list of communal crèches on its territory.

In addition to the communal crèches, other reception facilities, some of them under official control ('ONE' - Office de la Naissance et de l'Enfance, for the French-speaking part of Belgium and 'Kind & Gezin' for the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium) are available.

For French speakers

  • The 'ONE' (Office de la Naissance et de l'Enfance) (FR) publishes a whole host of information on its website about reception facilities for infants (crèches, grant-maintained and non-grant maintained specialised/non-specialised care providers) and school-going children (out-of-school care, holiday centres, playing fields).
  • The 'Observatoire de l'Enfant (FR)' is an action program of the French Community Commission (COCOF) concerned with children’s policy, particularly child care policy. The Observatoire de l'Enfant’s target audience is parents, professionals and the authorities, to which it provides services and gives information and advice.
  • On its website  Bruxelles Temps Libre (FR), the 'Observatoire de l'Enfant' also gives information on free-time care for children aged 2,5 to 6 years old.

For Dutch speakers

Your commune will be able to help you find day care for your child, through its portfolio holder responsible for child and youth policy (FR).