Childcare

Finding the right school or childcare can be a challenge, especially when you aren't familiar with the local system. Here, you will find more information about childcare and the Dutch education system. While options for childcare are diverse and numerous, demand is high and waiting lists may be up to six months long, so it pays to be proactive. Note that some Dutch (and international) employers have their own childcare facilities. Your options:

  • Toddlers centre (peuterspeelzaal) for children 2-4, usually for a few hours per day. Peuterspeelzalen are usually connected to a primary school.
  • Daycare centre (kinderdagverblijf) for children 0-4. Service by private providers. Opening hours typically range from early morning until 18.00/18.30.
  • BSO, afterschool care (Buitenschoolse opvang). This is offered often in collaboration with primary schools and/or a daycare centre.
  • Babysitter, au-pair, live-in nanny, host parent.

Child daycare costs may be subsidized by the Dutch tax authorities when both parents are working. The child care benefit (kinderopvangtoeslag) can be applied for at the Dutch Tax authorities.

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