Childcare Facilities

In the Netherlands there are three main types of organised childcare facilities:

  • Kinderdagverblijf: This Dutch version is a cross between daycare and nursery school. Children up to age 4 are eligible. Most daycare centres give a discount for the second child (and third...).

  • Gastouder (Host Parent): Here, a host parent who has children of her own cares for a small group of children in her house. Be aware: Sending your child to a gastouder may also qualify for government contributions if it meets certain requirements. 

  • Buitenschoolse / Naschoolse Opvang - BSO (After School Hours Care): These organizations take care of children in the age from 4-12 after school hours and during holidays. Your child's school can help you locate local ones.

For the childcare facilities above generally, you can apply for a “kinderbijslag”.

Other options

Furthermore, there are other options available:

Peuterspeelzalen: There are toddler groups ages 2 – 4 and are open in the mornings. Usually, they are connected to a primary school and allow an easy transition from the speelzaal to the school. They are especially useful for children who stay home with their parents during the first 4 years.

Oppas (Baby-Sitter): On evenings and weekends high school or university students from your neighborhood are common candidates to baby-sit your child.

Au Pair: Almost all au pairs are found with the help of an au pair organization, of which there are quite a few in the Netherlands. Cost: You must provide the au pair with food and shelter AND a monthly pay,- for which they will work 30 hours a week taking care of the children and doing simple household chores.

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