Information & resources for families in Amsterdam
Children up to four years old can be looked after in a daycare centre or crèche.
Check if you qualify for receiving a Child Benefit for children under the age of 18.
Find out the procedure for registering a birth at the municipality.
The city’s Parent and Child Teams are an essential source of advice and guidance for a wide range of issues regarding parenting and growing up.
Find out all about the process of adopting a child and foster care in the Netherlands.
Guide to international schools
The School Finder is a website with information about every school in Amsterdam, at preschool, primary and secondary levels.
Discover the Dutch schools that host special classes for international newcomers.
Download a handy brochure that summarises the education system for international newcomers.
Discover the international schools in and around Amsterdam, covering a wide spectrum of learning, languages and cultures.
In the Netherlands, children go to primary school (basisschool) from the age of three or four.
Types of schools
Before going to primary school, children can attend a preschool.
Children in the Netherlands generally attend primary school from age four to 12.
After group 8, the final year of primary school, pupils leave primary school for secondary education.