Amsterdam - Post Report Question and Answers

Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

There are creches that are subsidized by the government, Dutch residents get a significant 30-50% discount (not applicable to diplomats because they don't pay into the Dutch tax system). My youngest attended one the first year we were here three days a week. We paid US$360 a month. The week she turned four she went into a local Dutch school. The school is free to residents of the Netherlands, including expats. It is completely in Dutch, of course, but there are so many young expats enrolled, that they offer Dutch language classes for non-native Dutch speakers. - Oct 2014

Yes--many options. Many that are Dutch only, but some with English. Contact preschools early since it can be difficult to get a spot (especially for babies). If you are interested in Montessori method...keep in mind that the Association Montessori Internationale is based in Amsterdam, so you see quite a few Montessori options. We used one and loved it. - Jun 2014

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