Education Services

Education Services

We help you navigate the Dutch education system

Struggling to find a good school for your child?
We’ll guide you through the maze

maze to school

The Dutch education system is very different to that of many other countries, and international families often struggle to find the right school. This can result in a distressing mismatch, leading some families to give up and head home.

New2nl will make sure this doesn’t happen to you. Schooling and the Dutch education system are our speciality. Whether you and your family are already resident in the Netherlands, new to the country, or contemplating a move here, we can offer a range of services including:

Education Seminars

We discuss different educational philosophies (Montessori, Dalton, Waldorf, etc.), and compare the Dutch level of education with that of other Western countries. We explain the enrollment procedure, with its lotteries and waiting lists; the Cito-test; preschool; after-school care; high school; and local options for international schooling.

You’ll also receive an extensive checklist of questions you could ask during a school visit.

Currently available for Amsterdam, Haarlem, Amstelveen, Leiden, The Hague, Utrecht, and Almere. Other cities upon request.

Duration: 2 hours (customization for companies possible upon request)

Click here for the next seminar on how to find the most suitable school for your child.

Also suitable for a group of company employees at the convenience of their office location

Personalized School Advisory Service

For pricing information, please click on any of the ‘Book Skype Session’ buttons below

VAT EXEMPTION AVAILABLE

Please note: we don’t need to pay VAT for residents of non-EU countries, which means 21% discount for you, if you work with us prior to your arrival in the Netherlands!

PACKAGE A: GENERIC SKYPE/FACETIME SESSION ON DUTCH EDUCATION

We discuss the schools available in your area (max. 6, including international or special needs schools if required), type of education, educational philosophies (Montessori, Waldorf/Steiner, Dalton, etc.), test scores, reputation, differences between the schools, how to apply, etc.

Including:
An email that summarises the issues addressed during the call.

Suitable for families who already know their Dutch address.

Fragments of first Skype call with New2nl

PACKAGE B: PERSONALIZED SCHOOL ADVISORY SERVICE

Similar call to Package A, PLUS:
– we ask suitable schools about availability;
– arrange school visits (one visit per school), without New2nl;
– read school inspection reports;
– help you fill out the application forms;
– write an extensive report on the schools of your choice (max. 6, including international or special needs schools if required);
– Advise you about the Amsterdam school lottery (if applicable).

Including:
– An email that summarizes the issues addressed during the call, and answers to all questions that arise.
– Checklist basisschool (primary school), which is full of questions to ask during a school visit
– Template Primary School with all practical information you need to know (to be filled out by the school of placement)

Suitable for both families who already know their Dutch address, and those who don’t know yet.

Optional, for an additional fee:

  • Home-visits (or at your hotel or a cafe of your choice). Currently only available in Amsterdam
  • Accompaniment during school visits

Example of New2nl school overview report

Example of New2nl school overview report

ACCOMPANIED SCHOOL VISITS

We accompany you on a school visit, where all information is likely to be in Dutch.
We point out things that you shouldn’t miss during the tour of the school.
We write down everything that is being said and ask questions on your behalf. Afterwards, we talk you through our notes and observations and make sure you have enough input to decide whether the school is a good match for your family.

Max. 1.5 hours per school, including brief and debrief.

15% discount in combination with Package B.

When your child is still younger than four, most schools want you to visit them during a generic info session together with many other interested parents. If you have older children, it is usually possible to make a private appointment with the school principal.

Additional travel expenses and time will be charged for schools outside of Amsterdam.

We’ll write down everything during a school visit, so you don’t miss a thing.

Taking notes

 

 

PACKAGE C: IDENTIFY BEST SCHOOL CATCHMENT AREAS

When moving to the Netherlands, we recommend you to find a good school first and then a house nearby.
It can be a big challenge to find a good school that still has availability, especially when your children are four years and older.
In the 1-hour Skype call we talk about which type of schools would suit your family and in which areas they are located. This will give you a better idea of where to find your house.

Optional: our partners in real estate search for the perfect house in the school’s catchment area.

Including:
An email that summarises the issues addressed during the call.

Suitable for families who don’t have a Dutch address yet.

Currently only available in Amsterdam

Locations of suitable schools for your familyCatchment areas Amsterdam

PACKAGE D: FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL PREPARATION

In a 40-minute Skype call we explain you exactly what your child needs to bring to school, what is expected from you as a parent, how the school communicates with you, how you could help with school activities, how you can find out about days off, which forms you’ll have to fill out, how to pay the parent contribution, how to get additional support, etc.

Including:
An email that summarises the issues addressed during the call.

Suitable for families who already have a place at a Dutch school.

For an additional fee, a qualified Dutch tutor with plenty of primary school experience will walk you child through a list of Dutch words and sentences s/he will need in the first school week (In person or via Skype).

What to bring to school?

Backpack

PACKAGE E: ARRANGING FOR DAYCARE, PRESCHOOL, OR AFTER-SCHOOL CARE

During a 30-minute Skype call we identify your wishes and needs for daycare, preschool, and/or after school care (BSO).

Then we identify the best facilities for your children, set up visits, help complete application forms, and sign up for the waiting list (if applicable).

Including:
– An email that summarises the issues addressed during the call.
– Checklist ‘Daycare, preschool, or after-school care’, full of questions to ask during a visit.

At which day care will my children thrive?

Daycare

AD-HOC QUESTIONS

For all ad-hoc questions and requests not covered in the packages above.

For example: calling schools to ask about their availability, and answering questions by email or Skype.

25% discount for clients who also take package B.

Don’t hold back your questions…. Just ask!

questions

VAT EXEMPTION AVAILABLE

Please note: we don’t need to pay VAT for residents of non-EU countries, which means 21% discount for you, if you work with us prior to your arrival in the Netherlands!

COMPANY PACKAGES:

Bespoke consultancy sessions where we discuss in detail the schools (both international and Dutch) available to your employee – through Skype or one-to-one, depending on location. Preparations, follow-up and private consultation are all included.

For employees who haven’t yet arrived in the Netherlands, we can also offer a dedicated housing-schooling package: first we identify the right school for them, and then our partners in real estate search for the perfect house in the school’s catchment area.

We take this part of the relocation process completely off your hands, so you don’t need to worry about it, and your employees can focus on their job.

We also offer in-company presentations. We’ll come to your office building at a time which is most convenient to your staff.

For more information on our education services, please send an email to annebet@new2nl.com or complete the form on our contact page.

WHAT OUR BUSINESS CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US:

Expat Centre and Municipality Leiden

In 2015, our Economy Department from the Municipality of Leiden had an excellent collaboration with Annebet from New2nl. She updated the website texts about education in Leiden for us and for the Expat Centre Leiden, improving them and making them more user-friendly for (newly arrived) expats in our city. 
She also developed some digital texts related to education, such as a summary of the Dutch education system, a glossary and a checklist for expats about education.
Finally, she gave a seminar to our target group about education in the Netherlands, specifically the Leiden region. 
We are very satisfied with the entire process as it yielded strong texts and information for our international residents, local schools and for the Expat Centre and the Municipality of Leiden ourselves. 

Bas van Meggelen, Policy Advisor Economy, Municipality of Leiden

 

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Annebet has delivered high-quality information sessions on the Dutch education system for Shell staff in Amsterdam.

This has been valuable for our expat staff who want to learn more about how to successfully navigate the system and what the options are for their children.

When it comes to such an important topic, it is essential that the information comes from a knowledgeable and trustworthy source; with Annebet I have always felt we are in safe hands and I’ve been proud to partner with her.

Silla Haili, Focal Point, Outpost Amsterdam for Royal Dutch Shell

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Santa Fe Relocation Services NL

Review SantaFe for New2nl

Fragment of presentation for Municipality and Expat Centre of Leiden

OECD education report: Dutch system puts premium on quality standards”
For more insight into the Dutch education system, read this interesting article in The Telegraph, with a contribution from New2nl.

INFORMATION PACKS ON DUTCH SCHOOL MATTERS

Checklist Basisschool

Checklist BasisschoolDownload here the Checklist Basisschool full of questions you could ask during a school visit in the Netherlands.

Checklist Basisschool Amsterdam

Checklist basisschool AmsterdamDownload here the Checklist Basisschool Amsterdam full of questions you could ask during a school visit in Amsterdam.

Checklist Basisschool Amstelveen

Checklist basisschool AmstelveenDownload here the Checklist Basisschool Amstelveen full of questions you could ask during a school visit in Amstelveen.

Checklist International Schools

Checklist international schoolsDownload here the Checklist International Schools full of questions you could ask during your visit of one of the international schools in the Netherlands.

Summary Dutch education system

Summary Dutch education systemDownload here the Summary of the Dutch education system which will help you to understand the system better and to select a suitable school for your child.

Glossary - Dutch Education System

Glossary Dutch education systemDownload here the Glossary – Dutch education system with over 420 words to help you understand the Dutch education system and to decipher the letters you receive from school -free

School application policy Amsterdam

Have you received a letter from the Gemeente Amsterdam about the admission policy for primary schools? Download here the School application policy Amsterdam document to see how it all works. -free