The first incubator funded by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan begins construction in August

The Ministry of Development has finalized all the calls for projects for the construction of nurseries within the framework of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).

As part of the government’s program, the construction of the first nursery will begin in August.

Sixty-four out of 228 applications submitted by local government authorities will receive funding for the construction of new modern and environmentally friendly child care centres, Development Minister Cseke Attila was quoted by as saying.

According to the newspaper, the implementation contract has already been signed for 22 of these crèches, and the Minister specifies that the 42 others are currently in the public tender procedure, awaiting their implementation contracts.

Energy efficiency is an important part of construction plans for new nurseries. According to the Ministry of Development, nurseries will be equipped with solar and photovoltaic panels to provide energy and hot water from renewable sources.

Buildings will have special infrastructure to ensure adequate temperature all year round, with insulated doors and windows and deep-bore heat pumps, which can be used to cool the space in the summer and help with heating in the winter, requiring low energy input. .

Buildings will also be equipped with smart digital systems to manage these resources, so costs will be low.

Currently, there are approximately 16,000 places available in public nurseries, covering less than 4% of preschool children in Romania.

Depending on their size, each new nursery will be able to accommodate 40 to 110 children, i.e. 7,450 additional places by 2025.

Each crèche will have its own playroom, bedroom, party room, kitchen, laundry room, doctor’s office, administrative area and ample outdoor space.

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Dora W. Clawson