Education and family

Find information on essential family matters, such as daycare, child allowance and the right school for your child, with information on international primary and secondary schools for English-speaking and bilingual students.

Find information on essential family matters, such as daycare, child allowance and the right school for your child with information on international primary and secondary schools for English-speaking and bilingual students.

Information & resources for families in Amsterdam

Registering birth

Find out the procedure for registering a birth at the municipality.

Child allowance

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Check if you qualify for receiving a Child Benefit for children under the age of 18. 


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Children up to four years old can be looked after in a daycare centre or crèche.

Out-of-school Care (BSO)

Find out all about out-of-school care provided for children between the ages of 4 and 13 who attend primary school.

Find parenting groups in the Amsterdam Area

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Browse the list of the international groups and clubs available for expats within the Amsterdam Area to find the support your family needs.

Schools and education in the Amsterdam Area

Find the right school

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The School Finder is a website with information about every school in Amsterdam, at preschool, primary and secondary levels.

International schools

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Discover the international schools in and around Amsterdam, covering a wide spectrum of learning, languages and cultures.


Before going to primary school, children can attend a preschool.

Primary school

Children in the Netherlands generally attend primary school from age four to 12.

Secondary school

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After group 8, the final year of primary school, pupils leave primary school for secondary education.