About the CIL

The Centraal Informatie Loket is an information office, here to help (new) parents in Amstelveen and Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, find a primary school in the area that they live in which is a good fit for their child.

Who can we help?

Are you a newcomer: expat, knowledge- or labour migrant, or status holder? 
Did you move to our area: Amstelveen or Ouderkerk aan de Amstel?
Do you want to register your child/children at one of our primary schools or preschools?
We are here to help you!

What do we do?

We provide information about the Dutch education system in general and more specifically about the schools in Amstelveen and Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. We inform you about the procedure to register your child at a (pre)school in Amstelveen or Ouderkerk aan de Amstel.
We advise parents which schools might be the best fit for their child(ren).
We know which schools have places available, so you do not have to call or email the schools yourself. 
We prevent double registrations and extra paperwork to assist schools and school boards.
We manage possible waiting lists for the Language Schools.

Your child and your situation

We will have a look at your child and your situation. 

What are your child’s age and educational background?
Is your intention to live in the Netherlands for a longer time and do you want your child to integrate into the Dutch system?
Will your child need to learn Dutch in a special language class?
Do you want your child to go to an international primary school (IGBO) and is this
Do you and your child have any other preferences for your school choice?

Please note: We do not specialize in helping children with special needs.

Free choice

Our coordinator gives you information and advice to help you make your choice. As an international newcomer, you have a free choice of a school, just like all parents in the Netherlands. 
Also, every school has the right, within certain limits, to have a policy for their enrolment. We help you and the schools to find the right match.

How does it work? 

Please register your child(ren) (see the button about the CIL – register your child). The coordinator will contact you as soon as possible. You can also contact the coordinator from the CIL to make a (digital) appointment. Opening hours and contact information can be found by clicking on contact in the menu bar.

Please note:
Only if you have an address in Amstelveen or Ouderkerk aan de Amstel we can refer your child(ren) to one of the (language) schools or place them on a waiting list.

The CIL is only here for parents who recently moved to Amstelveen or Ouderkerk aan de Amstel.  If you already live in Amstelveen or Ouderkerk aan de Amstel and wish to switch schools, the CIL is not able to help you. 

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