family

Find out all about family life in Amsterdam, from family-friendly restaurants, family groups and activities for kids to practical matters about raising a family, such as daycare, family healthcare, pregnancy, the Dutch education system and international schools.

Find out about schools

Select the right school for your child with information on international primary and secondary schools for English-speaking and bilingual students.

International schools

The Netherlands is renowned for having a strong, well-balanced education system. This is further bolstered by a host of options for international scho...

Birth

Once you've decided where and how you wish to give birth, your next priority will be delivery in comfort. We give you the final steps in childbirth, c...

Secondary School

After group 8, the final year of primary school, pupils leave primary school (basisschool) for secondary school (middelbare scholen) for secondary edu...

Primary school

In the Netherlands, children go to primary school (basisschool) from the age of three or four. A number of schools in the Amsterdam Area have a waitin...

Adoption in the Netherlands

Adoption is a lengthy and challenging process, but one that yields a great reward – a family. For many people the choice to adopt comes from the diffi...

Child allowance

Everyone who lives or works in the Netherlands has a right to Child Benefit (Kinderbijslag) for children (including step- and foster-children) under t...

Daycare

In the Netherlands, it is common for working parents to leave their children during the day in a crèche or childcare centre. Childcare is subject to c...