Childcare options

Every parent knows combining study or work with family life is not an easy task.
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Finding the best possible child care option is of course an important part of parenthood. Ghent University organises its own high-quality childcare for children from students and staff.

Ghent University initiatives: children aged from 0 to 3

The children can stay there up to and including the quarter in which they become 3 years old. This period can be extended by the duration of the school holidays following this quarter.

Day care centres (‘kinderdagverblijf’)

Ghent University has 2 day care centres under its own management:

  • ‘De Sterre’: 40 children (location: Krijgslaan 281, Ghent, building S 37 - campus De Sterre)
  • ‘Heymans’: 74 children (location: Isabellakaai 121, Ghent - near Kantienberg site)

There are also four day care centres managed by Partena Kinderopvang (private partner for childcare of the university):

  • ‘De Stadskabouter’: 28 children (location: De Pintelaan 185, Ghent - campus Ghent University Hospital)
  • ‘De Boskabouter’: 21 children (location: Potaardestraat 20, Melle - ‘De Bosrand’ site in Melle–Gontrode)
  • 'Het Koetshuis': 14 children (location: Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136A, Ghent)
  • 'De Parkkabouter' 28 children (location: Technologiepark Zwijnaarde 901)

The children in the day care centres are integrated into small groups of about 14 children, under the supervision of 2 child care professionals.

Baby minders (‘onthaalouders’)

Baby minders are individual childcare professionals who are part of the recognized and subsidised Partena child care family network. They are situated in the centre of Ghent and its surrounding towns (Drongen, Gentbrugge, Laarne, Ledeberg, Merelbeke, Oostakker, Sint Amandsberg, Wondelgem, Zwijnaarde).

Together, these baby minders can accommodate the children in small groups.