Ready for your Dutch adventure?

Here's our range of services specifically tailored to families who are or will be schooling their children in the Netherlands.

READY FOR YOUR DUTCH ADVENTURE

Here's our selection of services specifically tailored to families who are or will be schooling their children in the Netherlands.

Educational advice for families

book the video call that suits your needs

If you cannot find a suitable time below, send an email to annebet@new2nl.com, and we’ll try and accommodate your schedule.

Please note: During the school vacations the schools are closed, and our availability will be more limited.

Your needs will be different at each stage of your journey.

Browse our services to see what best fits your needs, or contact us if you’d like help choosing.

If you just have a few specific questions, we offer a 15-minute ‘AD HOC QUESTIONS’ call.

Click on ‘BOOK YOUR EDUCATION CALL HERE‘ to view all your options. ⇒

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First Steps

Introduction to the Dutch education system

School catchment areas

Advanced Packages

ALL-INCLUSIVE SCHOOL ADVISORY PACKAGE

Accompanied
school visits

Dutch Secondary schools

Everything you need to know about secondary schools - video call -

Help with transferring to a new secondary school ('side streaming') - video call -

Additional Services

First weeks
at school

Daycare, preschool and after school care

School communication support

Written
Communication

Verbal
Communication

First steps

Introduction to the Dutch Education System

1 hour
€175

Great if you already know which area you’ll be living in.

Before looking for a school, it’s best to have a good understanding of the Dutch education system.

It’s pretty different from other systems around the world, so we’ve developed a 1-hour video call that covers:

  • How the Dutch system works
  • Educational philosophies (Waldorf/Steiner, Montessori, Dalton, etc.)
  • Up to 6 schools available in your area
  • How to apply
  • And much more besides

We like to make sure that everyone finds their perfect fit, so we’ve also got you covered for special needs and international schools.

After our call you will receive an email that summarizes everything we have talked about, so you won’t waste time on spelling all those difficult Dutch words.

Extra discounts:

If you upgrade to the All-inclusive school advisory package after taking the Introduction to the Dutch education system or School catchment areas calls, we’ll deduct the fee you have already paid for your initial invoice.

We’ll send you the digital invoice after our call or visit.

VAT EXEMPT FOR NON-EU CITIZENS (meaning you’ll receive 21% discount when living outside of the EU).

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School catchment areas

1 hour

€175

Don’t have a definite address yet? School catchment areas can be a strong factor when it comes to choosing where you live.

This service allows you to discuss your options with an expert so that you don’t have to compromise on your children’s education when choosing where to live.

During this in-depth, 1-hour video call, we’ll discuss

  • What your school options are in the area(s) of your interest
  • Which schools would suit your family best
  • The admissions criteria of the schools of your interest
  • Where your top choice schools are located

After the call, we will send you an email summary of all the information discussed so that you have a clear, written document to refer to when looking for housing.

Optional follow-up: Our trusted partners in real estate can help you find your perfect home within the school catchment area you decide on. Keep in mind that currently it isn’t easy to find a house, so you better start this trajectory in time.

Extra discounts:

If you upgrade to the All-inclusive school advisory package after taking the Introduction to the Dutch education system or School catchment areas calls, we’ll deduct the fee you have already paid for your initial invoice.

We’ll send you the digital invoice after our call or visit.

VAT EXEMPT FOR NON-EU CITIZENS (meaning you’ll receive 21% discount when living outside of the EU).

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Advanced Packages

All-inclusive school advisory package

1 hour 30 minutes plus follow-up
€515

Want to leave the entire process to the experts?

This intensive session and in-depth follow-up will lift all the weight of school-hunting off your shoulders.

We’ll start with an introduction to the Dutch education system, so that you can fully understand how everything works. This includes:

  • How the Dutch system works
  • Educational philosophies (Waldorf/Steiner, Montessori, Dalton, etc.)
  • How to apply

You’ll receive an extensive report on up to 6 schools of your choice (including international or special needs schools if desired).

We’ll then take care of the logistics for you:

  • We ask suitable schools if they have availability
  • We arrange unaccompanied school visits for you (one visit per school, max. of 3 schools)
  • We check official school inspection reports to make sure there are no red flags for your school of choice
  • We assist you in filling out application forms
  • We advise you on the school lottery procedure, if applicable

This service includes:

  • An email summary of everything we have addressed during the call, and answers to any questions that you have asked
  • A primary school checklist, including questions you can ask the school when you visit
  • Dutch primary school rules template in English that you can ask the school to fill out so that you have all the essential information you need

Face-to-face meeting

Prefer to do this face-to-face, from the comfort of your own home, or office, or in a hotel lobby or café?
For a €50 supplement you can choose to meet our expert at the address of your choice in Amsterdam. Extra charges apply for locations outside of Amsterdam.

Extra discounts:

If you book the All-inclusive school advisory package you get 15% off the Daycare, Preschool and After School Care call and our Accompanied School Visits.

Kun je goed Nederlands lezen en ben je redelijk bekend met het Nederlandse onderwijssysteem? Dan hoeven we minder uit te leggen en krijg je 50 Euro korting op het all-inclusive package. 

We’ll send you the digital invoice after our call or visit.

VAT EXEMPT FOR NON-EU CITIZENS (meaning you’ll receive 21% discount when living outside of the EU).

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Accompanied school visits - Dutch schools

1 hour 30 minutes per school
€160 for the first visit
€130 for each extra visit

Would you feel more comfortable with a Dutch school expert by your side?

It can feel a little intimidating going on school visits in a new country, especially when they’re in a language you don’t understand.

We’ll make sure you’re in good hands. By having an expert by your side, you know you won’t miss anything important, and that all your questions will be thoroughly answered.

We’ll attend the school visit with you, make notes, point out anything that is important, and ask questions in Dutch on your behalf.

After the visit, we’ll talk you through our observations to make sure that you have enough information to decide if it’s the right school for your family.

Our accompanied school visits also include:

  • A 20-minute video call beforehand to establish exactly what you’re looking for
  • Signing you up for the school info sessions
  • An email summary of all the visit details and answers to any questions

Please note: For children under 4, most Dutch schools arrange group info sessions with other families.
For children aged 4 and above, it is usually possible to make a private appointment with the principal.

Extra fees apply for visits outside of Amsterdam.

Did you already book the All-inclusive School Advisory Package? Great news — you get 15% off our Accompanied School Visits.

We’ll send you the digital invoice after our call or visit.

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Accompanied school visits - international schools

1 hour 30 minutes per school
€130 for the first visit
€100 for each further visit

Would you feel more comfortable with a local school expert by your side?

It can feel a little overwhelming going on school visits in a new country, especially when you are not familiar with the curriculum, structure or teaching approach.

We’ll make sure you’re in good hands. By having an expert by your side, you know you won’t miss anything important, and that all your questions will be thoroughly answered.

We’ll attend the school visit with you, make notes, point out anything that is important, and ask questions on your behalf.

After the visit, we’ll talk you through our observations to make sure that you have enough information to decide if it’s the right school for your family.

Our accompanied school visits also include:

  • A 20-minute video call beforehand to establish exactly what you’re looking for
  • Arranging school visit(s) at a time that works for you
  • An email summary of all the visit details and answers to any questions

Extra fees apply for visits outside of Amsterdam.

Did you already book the All-inclusive School Advisory Package? Great news — you get 15% off our Accompanied School Visits.

We’ll send you the digital invoice after our call or visit.

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Dutch Secondary schools

Everything you need to know about secondary schools - video call

1 hour
€210

Is your child in group 8 of primary school? Then the big task of selecting a good secondary school is awaiting you.

The Dutch secondary school system is rather complicated, and all the acronyms you come across when trying to understand your school options do not make it any easier!

During this video call, we’ll talk about topics like the transition test (doorstroomtoets), the different levels within the Dutch system (VMBO, HAVO, VWO, etc.), and how to move up from one level to the next. We’ll also address the different profiles some schools offer (e.g., culture, languages, sports), schools that combine multiple levels during the first 1-3 years (mixed brugklas), the subjects and subject profiles the schools teach, and your child’s options for further studies and careers after each level of secondary school. Of course some practical things like the parental contribution, homework, lockers, and necessary school supplies will not be forgotten either. 

In some cities, like Amsterdam, Haarlem, Utrecht and The Hague, Rotterdam, and Nijmegen, the procedure is even more complicated, as you have to make a long list of the schools of your preference, and a lottery will then decide where your child will be placed.

Needless to say, you may ask your own questions as well. 

After the call, you will receive an email summary of everything we have addressed during the call, as well as a checklist with questions you could ask when visiting the schools.

To give you a head start, I recommend watching this Doodly video to learn about the Dutch secondary school system and the options for higher education. And also this article I wrote for the Expatica website is very informative.

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Help with transferring to a new secondary school - Amsterdam

1 hour
€110

Is your child not happy with their current secondary school? Or will they soon transition from the ISK newcomer class? Or will you move to Amsterdam from another city? In all these situations, your child needs to find a new school.

In many cases, this process called ‘side streaming’ (zij-instroom in Dutch) is very lengthy and untransparent. Every school has their own policies, and their selection criteria are often unclear. (Our family is currently going through this ourselves too).

It is common that you will have to apply in the period between March and June (depending on the school), and you will only hear the outcome just before the summer vacation. It is therefore advised to apply for multiple schools at the same time, and hope for the best.

During this call, we’ll briefly discuss your reasons for changing schools, I’ll make some suggestions for alternative schools, and explain you how the side streaming procedures for these schools work.

I’ll inform you which documents you will need to request from your current school, and what else they need from you. I will also advise you about how to fill out the application forms, and what to write in your motivation letter, which most schools require too. Only the parents may fill out the application forms.

If you want me to translate this letter from English into Dutch, you’ll have to pay an additional 45 euros for the first letter, and 15 euros for each following letter (for every school you will want to slightly adjust your wording to match their offering or approach).

I really hope that your child will be accepted at the school of your preference, but I cannot guarantee a spot, or influence the process in any way.

After the call, you will receive an email summary of everything we have addressed during the call, as well as a checklist with questions you could ask during your intake meeting.

This service is currenly only available in Amsterdam.

 

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Additional Services

First weeks at school

40 minutes
€85

You’ve found your perfect school, got a spot, and it’s almost time to send your kids off to class.

Starting at a new school can be a stressful moment for both kids and parents. That’s why we offer a 40-minute online call to make sure everyone’s ready.

We cover:

  • What your child needs to take with them to school
  • What is expected of you as a parent
  • How the school will communicate with you
  • How you can help with school activities
  • How to find out about days off, sickness and school vacations
  • Which forms you may need to fill out
  • What the voluntary parental contribution is, and any extra costs you may encounter
  • How to get additional support, if needed

This service also includes:

  • Dutch primary school rules template in English that you can ask the school to fill in so that you have all the essential information you’ll need
  • A list of Dutch words and sentences that your child will find useful both in and out of the classroom

Optional follow-up: Fast-track Dutch language tutoring for primary school kids by one of our trusted partners.

We’ll send you the digital invoice after our call or visit.

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Daycare, Preschool and After-school care

50 minutes
€125

What if your working days are longer, or you have younger kids that aren’t ready for school yet?

We’ll look at your needs and see what the best options are for your family.

We’ll help you:

  • Understand the difference between daycare, preschool, and after-school care
  • Identify the best daycare facilities for your children
  • Set up visits, in case of availability (one visit per location, max. of 3 locations)
  • With tips on how to complete the application forms
  • Sign up for the waiting list, if necessary
  • Understand how to apply for the tax rebate for childcare (you’ll have to do the application yourself).

This service includes:

  • An email summarizing the most important information
  • A daycare/preschool checklist, including questions you can ask the facility during your visit.

You should be aware that due to current staff shortages, it could be very hard to find a daycare place, especially if you need 4-5 days per week. You should therefore apply asap. The more flexible you are, the higher your chances of getting a spot. New2NL cannot ensure you’ll find a spot at your desired location from your desired start date.

Did you already book the All-inclusive School Advisory Package? Great news — you get 15% off the Daycare, Preschool and After School Care package.

We’ll send you the digital invoice after our call.

VAT EXEMPT FOR NON-EU CITIZENS (meaning you’ll receive 21% discount when living outside of the EU).

If you haven’t purchased the all-inclusive package, you can book a separate childcare call through the button below.

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School communication support

Written communication

We help you decipher the communication from your Dutch school.

Is your child attending a Dutch school, and you feel a bit lost with all the letters and emails you are getting from the school?

New2NL school communication support

Do you want to know how exactly your school operates in corona times? Or do you have to fill out a form you don’t understand?

Has your child received a school report, and you want to know what it says, so you can prepare for the meeting with the teacher?

Does your child need help understanding homework assignments?

In all of these cases, the New2nl School Communication Support is there to ensure you understand everything you receive from the school!

Our service is immeasurably better than Google Translate: apart from giving you an accurate translation, we also capture the true meaning of the message, thanks to our expertise in education.

Within 72 hours after you send us your Dutch letter, email, form or report from school, we’ll send you a summary in English, clearly indicating what you need to do before when, and for which reasons.

If you need the translation more urgently, please let us know, and for an additional fee you’ll get the document back even quicker!

We offer different options to suit your needs:

 

School emails or letters:

  • One email or letter – 72-hour service -> Price €25 (max. 3 pages A4 or 800 words)
  • One email or letterurgent service (within 24 hours). -> Price €45 (max. 3 pages A4 or 800 words) (If you need it even quicker, please let us know and we’ll let you know the possibilities, depending on our workload)

 

New2NL school communication support

SCHOOL-RELATED FORMS 

  • One form – 72-hour service -> translation of the things you have to fill out, plus one check of the form you have completed. -> Price €25
  • One formurgent service -> translation of the things you have to fill out, plus one check of the form after you have completed it. -> Price €45 (within 24 hours) (If you need it even quicker, please let us know and we’ll let you know the possibilities, depending on our workload)

SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES

  • Subscription for one school year, including all letters, emails and forms from school plus max. three 30-minute video calls to explain your child’s school reports and some tips & tricks to prepare for your meeting with the teacher. -> Price €300
    (If you subscribe after the school year has started, you pay pro rata, based on ten months of school per school year. If you want to cancel your subscription mid-year, you should give notice by the 20th of the prior month. We’ll pay you the remaining months back, based on ten months of school per school year).
  • Subscription for explanation of your child’s homework and assignments for one school year (primary school only). On a weekly basis we’ll explain in English what your child is expected to do at home. -> Price €350
    (If you subscribe after the school year has started, you pay pro rata, based on ten months of school per school year. If you want to cancel your subscription mid-year, you should give notice by the 20th of the prior month. We’ll pay you the remaining months back, based on ten months of school per school year).

We’ll send you the invoice together with the translation.

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Our 3 Verbal Communication Services

Video call to explain your child’s school reports
€45

30-minute video call to explain your child’s school report, including some tips & tricks to prepare for your meeting with the teacher.

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Video call to prepare for Accompanied School Meeting
€110

Accompany you on a school meeting (max. 1 hour), including a 20-minute video call to prepare for the meeting.

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Video call to talk about any other issues at your school
€60

1-hour video call to talk about any other issues at your school you feel you don’t fully understand. (So you are aware of what this entails: we can maybe offer you a different perspective, or give you some tips about how to discuss things with the teacher or principal, but we cannot guarantee that all issues will be solved).

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