Daycare registration to open in February instead of May

Economy Ministry aims to make daycare registration more efficient, allow parents to file for subsidies in May instead of September.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Baby in daycare
Baby in daycare

Israel's Economy Ministry and Welfare and Social Services Ministry on Wednesday morning announced that registration for daycare centers for babies and children ages 0-3 years old would open in February instead of in May.

Many Israeli parents are notified of whether their child has been accepted to their choice of daycare only late in August. Following approval, those who wish to receive a discount for daycare centers often have to send in their documents more than once before receiving the appropriate subsidy, which is then granted retroactively from the beginning of the school year.

The proposed change aims to make the process more efficient.

"Our goal is that by May at the latest, parents will know if their child has a place in a local daycare and will be able to submit a request for a daycare subsidy," Welfare and Social Services Minister Haim Katz (Likud) said. "This way, we provide parents with certainty. They know where their child will be and they have time to organize and receive the subsidy starting from September, instead of retroactively."

Registration will open on February 4, 2018, and close on February 28, 2018. Centers are allowed to charge 133 NIS ($38.80) in registration fees, which will not be returned if the parents cancel the registration, but will be returned if the child is not accepted. Following registration, parents will be able to file for a subsidy if they meet publicized criteria. The subsidies are aimed at allowing women to join the work force and are available to women who work at least 24 hours a week. The 24 hours include what is called "a mother's job" in Israel, the ability to be paid a full time salary but leave one hour early each day in the case of children under the age of 11.