The city of Antwerp is further committed to expanding the number of childcare places and expanding the existing range. Within that context, she is launching an appeal in which she is making four buildings available for the operation of a daycare center.
The city of Antwerp is launching an appeal to operators for four childcare locations that it makes available through concessions. The Houthulststraat in Merksem is a ready-to-use building, the locations in Tweegezusterslaan and Waasdonk in Deurne and in the Belegstraat in Antwerp still require renovation and modernization. In this case, the city pays 110% of the quotation for the renovation and modernization of the buildings. This should help ensure a smooth start-up.
The four concessions together provide 116 additional places for children. Tweegezusterslaan has 28 child places, Belegstraat 36 and Waasdonk 28. The reception location in Houthulststraat in Merksem has another 24 child places.
The new operators will enter into a concession with a term of ten years, which can be extended once for another five years. Start-up is planned for the summer of 2024, depending on the scope and timing of the works.
“In recent years, Antwerp has invested heavily in expanding the number of places in childcare. Together with the private sector, literally thousands of additional places have been created and the historical backlog in Antwerp has been caught up,” said councilor of Childcare Nabilla Ait Daoud (N-VA). “But we aim for even more shelters for the smallest residents of Antwerp. One of the stumbling blocks in the expansion of private childcare is finding suitable buildings for a new daycare center. Thanks to these four concessions, up to 116 additional child places can be created within a reasonable period of time, and that is a good thing.”