Play is a natural way for toddlers to explore the world. They learn much from playing and it’s fun. Children have free rein to play, develop and learn in preschool care. They are supported and guided by qualified educational staff in all these activities. Pre-school care prepares children for primary school to get them off to a good start.
In Amstelveen and Oude Kerk aan de Amstel, we have different options for children aged 0-4 years.
Types of childcare:
Time: 07:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Age: 0-4 years
Children up to four years old can be looked after in one of our daycare centers. Some locations have special groups for babies or toddlers (horizontal groups); others combine the two age groups (vertical groups). We give your child a safe and trusted environment either way, with a transparent and bright layout.
Half-day care (HDO)
Time: 08:00 AM – 1:00 PM (you can find different opening hours on the location page)
Age: 2-4 years
Whether you work or not, if you think it’s important that your child gets to know other children, develops socially, and gets ready for primary school, then our half-day care might be a good solution for you. For two or more mornings a week, children aged between two and four years old learn together and develop through play.
At the half-day care you can choose between three types of places:
Types of placement
At the half-day care, you can purchase three types of places.
A regular place, depending on your situation with a childcare allowance.
This placement applies when you receive a government allowance, better known as a childcare allowance. You are entitled to a childcare allowance if you and your partner both work or study. The allowance to be received depends on the number of hours that the least-working parent is working or studying and on your gross family income.
You can apply for this childcare allowance at the Tax and Customs Administration.
Do you want to know what this means for you? There is a calculation tool on our
website to calculate this (https://www.kinderrijk.nl/en/childcare/practical-information/what-are-the-fees-for-childcare/)
If you are not entitled to a childcare allowance, it is still possible to purchase a regular place. In that case, there is no contribution towards the costs.
A place for target group of children (for example with VVE indication)
Some children from 2 to 4 years old receive an Early childhood education indication (VVE) from the childcare center, a program that offers children extras in the language field and that is a good preparation for primary education. If you receive a VVE indication, your child will be given priority on the registration list. The VVE toddler program is offered at least 16 hours a week. The municipality contributes to the preschool for target group children if you are not entitled to
childcare allowance. Depending on the municipality, it is possible from 2 or 2.5 years to be eligible for a place subsidized by the municipality. On the website of the municipality, you can find more information about this scheme and make a trial calculation of the costs.
Place for non-target children
The municipality contributes to the preschool if you are not entitled to a childcare allowance and do not have a VVE indication. Depending on the municipality, it is possible to be eligible for a place subsidized by the municipality for 2 or 2.5 years.
Your child can attend the preschool for at least 2 days a week. On the website of the municipality, you can find more information about this scheme and make a trial calculation of the costs.
Do you have any questions? Please contact one of the organizations that provide (half) daycare, see link: https://www.amstelveen.nl/wonen-leven/publicatie/onderwijs-en-kinderopvang_aanbod-voor-peuters
Multiple organizations offer toddler programs in Amstelveen. However, there is a limit to the number of available placements for the subsidized programs.
Annebet van Mameren from New2NL made a nice video about childcare and pre-school in the Netherlands. See the video below.