From daycare to peuterspeelzaal to primary school, you can find the information you need about education in the Netherlands in this section.

Varya suggests making your own culture.

Create Your Own Culture

February 19, 2013 | By Varya Sanina-Garmroud

Since I was quite young I dreamed about travelling places and learning about different cultures. Growing up in the Soviet Union we didn’t really have a specific “Russian” culture – we were brought up with the idea (at least in my family!) that the world […]

Olga Mecking dressed in a traditional bavarian outfit

Adoption by Language

February 15, 2013 | By Olga Mecking

This post is part of our “Adopt a Culture” series where bloggers tell us about customs they have adopted from a culture other than their own. When I think of adoption, I think of a process that is challenging, requiring you to embrace whatever it […]

The concept of time out doesn't exist in Kenya

No time outs in Kenya

February 11, 2013 | By Kimberly Siegal

This post is part of our “Adopt a Culture” series where bloggers tell us about customs they have adopted from a culture other than their own. “Ashley if you throw sand one more time, it’s going to be a time out!” It was last Sunday […]

cross-cultural miscommunication is common in multicultural households

Cross-Cultural Miscommunication

January 16, 2013 | By Lynn Morrison

Before meeting one another, my husband and I had each spent significant time in the other’s country. We were already fluent in each other’s languages and had a good idea about the other’s culture. We should have been able to communicate with one another without […]

Raising children to be bilingual is not automatic. You need to use all available resources.

Bilingualism isn’t automatic

December 19, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

My husband and I are raising our children to speak three languages: English, Italian and Dutch. Like many parents, we were confident that our children would “just learn the languages as they grew up”. Boy were we in for a surprise! English and Dutch progressed […]

talking toys are annoying regardless of what language they speak.

Raising Multilingual Children

December 5, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

From an outsider’s perspective, being a parent to a multilingual child seems like sunshine and rainbows. The parent seems like a successful over-achiever, the child seems brilliant, and monolingual families can’t begin to imagine


Daycare in a non-native language

October 18, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

My husband is Italian and I am American. In 2009 we moved to the Netherlands with our 2-month-old daughter and none of us spoke any Dutch. Fast forward three years and we now have a very talkative three year old who regularly insists that she […]

Kinderboekenweek in the Netherlands offers great support for parents who want to help their children grow to love books.

Hello World: It’s Kinderboekenweek!

October 8, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Are you looking for some fun activities to do with your children this week? If so, why not visit a local bookstore or library? October 3 – 14, 2012 is officially “Kinderboekenweek” (Children’s book week) here in the Netherlands. And this year’s theme of “Hello […]


Kinderboeken Week: “Australia Day” at a Dutch school

October 8, 2012 | By Renee Veldman-Tentori

This morning, I had a wonderful experience of spending some time with my daughter’s groep 2 class in Den Haag and talking to them about our home country, Australia. Sophia was born in Delft, but we left to live in Australia when she was 5 […]

Week van de Opvoeding

Education Week 2012 (Oct 1-7th)

September 24, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

October 1-7, 2012 is the official “Education Week” (week van de opvoeding) in the Netherlands. Parents and children are invited to attend workshops and events designed to foster communication and positive growth. I learned about the Week van de Opvoeding from Franciska Ederveen with the […]

Stichting Bliblionef helps children get access to books.

Biblionef – support a charity and get new books

September 24, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

I participated in the annual “Feel at Home in The Hague” fair this month and had the luck of meeting some great organizations and businesses. One of them is Stichting Biblionef Nederlands. Stichting Biblionef Nederlands is a non-profit organization based in The Hague that collects […]

New playground equipment or daycare staff - where should daycares make cuts?

Playgrounds vs Workers at my local daycare

September 17, 2012 | By Aleksandra Tesanovic

Under ever increasing cost cutting pressure, my local daycare in Eindhoven has made one of their best workers redundant while rebuilding a playground. Since the reduction of childcare funding in January 2012, parents pay more money for daycare, and the number of children in daycare […]

Child playing at peuterspeelzaal

The full scoop on peuterspeelzaal

September 12, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

For many expat families, peuterspeelzaal (toddler preschool) is the first foray into the Dutch school system. I sat down with one of our Nomad Parents here in Delft to get the full scoop on peuterspeelzaal. I learned a lot and am excited to share it […]


A Mindful School Choice

September 11, 2012 | By Marie Vijendran

Choosing a school for your child is perhaps one of the most challenging decisions we make as parents. In this country there are many choices available to us. Different schools specialise in different educational and religious approaches. At first having choices can seem wonderful, better […]

Is there a wrong reason for selecting a particular school?

Is there a wrong reason for picking a certain kind of school?

September 7, 2012 | By Olga Mecking

I have friends who send their children to international schools. They want their children to have education in their mother tongues (which is especially easy if the language in question is English, French or German). We went for the European school because it offered good […]


How babies learn

August 14, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

If you have ever wanted to know more about how babies and toddlers learn, the department of Developmental Psychology at the University of Amsterdam should be one of your first stops. Researchers there run regular studies to learn more about how babies use visual and […]

Daycare in the Netherlands can be helpful to expat families. Daycare, childcare, kinderopvang, kinderdagverblijf, creche

The Daycare

July 13, 2012 | By Olga Mecking

Since I had to write my thesis, we sent Klara to a daycare that was recommended to us by a colleague of my husband’s. I felt very guilty about this since I wasn’t working, but we made an appointment to see the place. I went […]