In the Netherlands there are three main types of organised childcare facilities:
- Kinderdagverblijf: This Dutch version is a cross between day care and nursery school. Children up to age 4 are eligible. Cost: Prices differ but a regular price is €750 a month for three days a week for the first child. Most daycare centres give a discount for the second child (and third...).
- Gastouder (Host Parent): Here, a host parent who has children of her own cares for a small group of children in her house. Be aware: Sending your child to a gastouder may also qualify for government contributions, if it meets certain requirements. Cost: Prices differ but €6,- per hour per child is quite common.
- Buitenschoolse / Naschoolse Opvang - BSO (After School Hours Care): These organizations take care of children in the age from 4-12 after school hours and during holidays. Your child's school can help you locate local ones. Cost: Prices differ but €650,- per month per child is normal.
For the childcare facilities above generally you can apply for a “kinderbijslag”.
Furthermore there are other options available:
Peuterspeelzalen : There are toddler groups ages 2 – 4 and are open in the mornings. Usually, they are connected to a primary school and allow an easy transition from the speelzaal to the school. They are especially useful for children who stay home with their parents during the first 4 years. Cost: Prices differ but for two half days €25,- is normal
Oppas (Baby-Sitter): On evenings and weekends high school or university students from your neighborhood are common candidates to baby-sit your child.
Au Pair: Almost all au pairs are found with the help of an au pair organization, of which there are quite a few in the Netherlands. Cost: You must provide the au pair with food and shelter AND a monthly pay of approximately €325,- for which they will work 30 hours a week taking care of the children and doing simple household chores.