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?

Yes, but not sure the cost. - Feb 2019


Yes, but I have no experience with them so I can shed no light. - Feb 2019


It is very common for Belgian children to start daycare ("Creche") from 4 months and attend through 2.5yrs. Typical cost ranges from 550 Euros per month all the way up to 950 Euros for a creche that caters to expats. By age 3, children are in school which is, for the most part, free. Early years are called "maternelle" but parents interested in this option need to put their children on the wait list in advance or face the possibility of not having a spot in school. - Apr 2014


Good paid daycare options for babies. At age two and a half, all children are eligible to attend local public French or Flemish pre-schools free of charge as long as they are potty-trained. - Jan 2014


Yes, French and Dutch speaking local schools start at 2.5 years and are basically free, including for diplomats. - Jan 2014


No experience, but I have friends who have young children and they find the day care/preschool services in the local communes to be excellent. And inexpensive. - Jul 2011


I hear its good, but expensive - Jun 2011


Very good - private and public. We pay about $500/mo. per kid for day care, plus about $1000/mo for the nanny on top of that! - Jun 2010


Daycare is available, however beware that most nannies and housekeepers tend to live in the South of the city and will have to commute so if you live in the burbs it can be hard to find someone willing to spend an hour on public transport. It took us 8 months of looking, and struggling, to find someone. We were lucky that preschools and daycare centers are excellent and plenty - but they close by 5 or 6.Nannies are about 8 euro/hr, and the daycare is 450 euro/month. - Mar 2010


Yes. At NATO HQ there is on-site day care. - Jul 2009


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