Childcare in the Netherlands


In the Netherlands, families have different care options for their child(ren). For example: daycare, childminder or informal care such as grandparents or other relatives. Most childcare facilities offer various kinds of care, depending on age: daycare, toddler care and out of school care.

Daycare facility

A daycare facility is open on workdays all year long. Most daycare locations open at 7.30 am and close at 6.30 pm. Children aged 0 to 4 years are welcome here. The facility takes care of food, drinks, fresh fruit, and diapers. It is common in the Netherlands to bring your child to daycare for 2 days a week, so you can share your spot with other parents. At international daycare locations however, most parents choose to bring their child four of five days per week.

Out of school care

Once a child turns 4 years old in the Netherlands, they go to school. Once school is over, they have the option to go to out of school care. They pick up your child from school and provide fruit, drinks, and a fun rest of the afternoon. Your child can play, relax, and take part in different type of activities.

How much does childcare cost?

With our calculation tool you can easily see what your actual monthly costs will be for our childcare or after-school care. Fill in your situation and we will calculate the net costs of the chosen childcare.

Would you like to know more about the tax authorities and surcharges? BOinK (the association of interests of parents in childcare) has developed a tool that helps parents step by step to apply for and change childcare allowance. Scan the QR-code below or visit the website. Visit the website of BOinK.

Monitoring the development of your child

A consultation centre (CB) is an organisation that monitors your child's health, development and growth. In the region of Eindhoven it's called GGD Brabant Zuid-Oost. At the GGD you get free advice and medical care for your child here. From birth until your child is 4 years old, you will make regular visits to the clinic. This is also where he gets his vaccinations and where you can ask any questions or express any doubts you may have.

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