Staff of the mini-crèche

The staff in a mini-crèche must satisfy different conditions.

Supervisory staff

The supervisory staff must be at least 18 years of age.

Tasks and responsibilities of the supervisory staff

The members of the supervisory staff are the persons whose main mission is the direct educational support for the children within the framework of the services provided by the mini-crèche.

The supervisory staff is responsible for the following tasks:

  • the direct educational support for the children;
  • the preparation of activities;
  • participation in staff meetings;
  • participation in consultation meetings with teachers;
  • exchanges with the children's parents;
  • participation in continuing vocational training courses.

Each member of the full-time supervisory staff is entitled to 103 hours of coordination and preparation work per year. These hours are to be adjusted proportionally to the volume of the task:

  • 103 hours/year for a person working 40 hours per week;
  • 77.25 hours/year for a person working 30 hours per week;
  • 51.5 hours/year for a person working 20 hours per week, etc.

Qualifications of the supervisory staff

The supervisory staff in a mini-crèche must hold professional qualification meeting the following minimal requirements:

  • at least 50 % of the time spent on childcare must be provided by supervisory staff with the following qualifications:
    • either a diploma in the psychosocial, educational or socio-educational fields, equivalent to at least a classic or general secondary school leaving diploma, and qualifying its holder to work in professional childcare; the diploma must be validly recognised by the Minister responsible for secondary education;
    • or a higher education qualification in the psychosocial, educational or socio-educational fields, qualifying its holder to undertake the professional supervision of children; the qualification must be recognised by the Minister responsible for higher education;
  • at most 50 % of the time spent on childcare must be provided by supervisory staff with the following qualifications:
    • either a certificate of formal training in child-minding and 5 years of schooling after their basic education;
    • or a certificate of formal training in social and family services, and 5 years of schooling after their basic education;
    • or a certificate of vocational ability or a vocational aptitude diploma in the psychosocial, educational or socio-educational fields, recognised by the Minister responsible for vocational training, and which qualifies its holder for the professional supervision of children;
    • or a certificate of vocational ability or a vocational aptitude diploma, recognised by the Minister responsible for vocational training, and a certificate, recognised by the Minister responsible for children, attesting to at least 118 hours of continuing vocational training in the socio-educational supervision of children.

118 hours of continuing vocational training

Holders of a vocational ability certificate or a vocational aptitude diploma (not in the psychosocial, pedagogical or socio-educational fields) engaged under a permanent contract must have completed continuing training of at least 118 hours. This training must focus on the socio-educational supervision of children and be recognised by the Minister responsible for children.

Recognition of diplomas

The recognition of a foreign certificate or diploma is carried out by the Service de la reconnaissance des diplômes (Department for the Recognition of Diplomas) at the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth. (MEN).

Licences to practise a socio-educational profession can be obtained from the Department for the Recognition of Diplomas.

Classification of professional qualification

A commission is set up to assist the Minister responsible for childhood.

It has the following responsibilities:

  • propose to the Minister a list of diplomas or degrees that fall within the psychosocial, pedagogical or socio-educational fields;
  • propose to the Minister a list of health professions which are eligible for managerial staff;
  • advise the Minister, at the applicant's request, for the purpose of determining the applicant's level of professional qualification in accordance with the qualifications required for supervisory and managerial staff (if the diploma is not listed in the aforementioned list).

Requests can be addressed to the Minister of Education, Children and Youth.

It is a classification of qualifications with regard to the qualifications required for supervisory and managerial personnel but it is not a recognition of diplomas. The classification is only valid for the education and care services sector as well as for mini-crèches.

The application for recognition and the application for a licence to practise must be submitted prior to the application for classification.

Personnel files

The business administrator must keep an updated personnel file on each of the members of staff including:

  • the employment contract or a copy of the decision regarding the person's appointment;
  • documents attesting their professional qualification and vocational training;
  • documents attesting to linguistic skills;
  • a certificate of fitness for work;
  • a recent extract from the criminal record (record No. 3, record No. 5 and/or foreign criminal record).

A recent criminal record is one that is less than 2 months old from the date of its establishment.

Given the limited duration of validity of the criminal record, the employer must indicate in the staff member's file that he has checked the good repute of the persons concerned and that on presentation of the criminal record, he was able to observe that the person in question fulfils the conditions of good repute.

Any member of staff who has been charged with or convicted for an offence or offences committed against a minor or involving a minor is required to inform their employer of this immediately.

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