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The Dutch education system is very organised and well run, and you will find that there are many options available to you in deciding which is the best care for your child. From Au Pairs or Oppas (Baby sitter) in your home, to in home with a gastouder (host), to playgroups and traditional day-care. All this before starting in the formal school system at four years of age.


Kinderopvang is the general description for all forms of childcare in the Netherlands. To search for a centre in your area, ask about a pre-school near you, or the Eindhoven Cityhall site, which has an English translation for an overview.

Child minding agencies

As an alternative to structured care, you can choose to place your child in another home of a qualified carer. These carers are called "Gastouders". Gastouders are subject to the regulations of its organisation and background checks are carried out before children are placed in their care. Suitable for children from birth to 12 years of age.

To find a Oppas, AuPair, Gasthouder or household help, contact "Regeltante", they have a network of carers on their database. You will need to register to apply.


Peuterspeelzaal translates as pre-school play group and is an option for your child if you aren't wanting full day care. Most children at the centres are between the age of 2 and 4.
The sessions are generally half days (3-4 hours), with a minimum of 2 days per week. The payment structure is based on your monthly salary and is subsidised care by the government. If you have more than one child attending the same centre, the cost of the second child is discounted by 50%. The schools are better suited for parents wanting to give their child an opportunity to socialise with other children, while the parent can enjoy some time child-free.
Dutch is the primary language spoken but there are generally other nationalities of children attending also. Depending on the centre and ability of the teacher, English can be spoken but it will be alongside or in combination with the Dutch language.
To find a peuterspeelzaal in your area, look under Kinderopvang, Peuterspeelzaal in the Goudengids. You will get a complete list of centres by postcode.


Voorschool or Before School is for children from 2.5 to 6 years old, when the child starts school formally. It is a combination of Peuterspeelzaal and the basisschool, which is Grades 1&2 of the primary school system. It is generally attached to a school and the students move into that school environment after completion.

Naschoolse & Buitenschoolse Opvang

Naschoolse and Buitenschoolse Opvang are organised after school programmes for students aged 4 to 12 years of age. They are an after school club where the environment is intended to be relaxing and play. Themes of play or activities are organised for older children. They are open full days during the school term and are also available during school holidays. You can apply for your child to attend at extra times outside of the usual days.


Kinderdagverblijf is full time day care for working parents for children from infant to three years of age. Most are publicly funded but some are private. Almost all will have waiting lists for a minimum of six months so, if you are wanting this form of day care, it would be wise to check a few places and put your child's name on the list. The general opening hours of the centres are between 8am and 6pm, five days per week. Costs range from €60-80,00 per day. All staff are accredited and experienced in early childhood education. Generally, lunch and drinks are provided, although you may be able to arrange with the centre to bring your own if diet is an issue.

TILBURG - The International School in Eindhoven wants to establish a branch in Tilburg which has English primary education. Institutions like the University of Tilburg, the Chamber of Commerce, the Brabant – Zeeuwse Employersunion, and companies in the region with many expats have already shown enthusiasm about their plans.

The Tilburg college is willing to support the establishment. They will stimulate the arrival of highly educated people and expats to the region. The ministries of Education must give their permission at the end.

International Scholing

Englisch Schooling;

Primary international School
Humperdincklaan 4
5654 PA Eindhoven

+31 0(40) 251 94 37

Secundary international school

International Regional School Eindhoven

Venetiëstraat 43
5632 RM Eindhoven

+31 (0)40 242 6835

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
Den Dolech 2
5612 AZ Eindhoven
+31 0(40) 247 91 11

Fontys University of Applied Sciences
(various locations)
+31 0(877) 877 877

Design Academy
Emmasingel 14
5611 AZ Eindhoven
+31 0(40) 239 39 39

ROC Eindhoven
Sterrenlaan 4
5631 KA Eindhoven
+31 0(40) 269 40 00