New2NL 10th anniversary


To celebrate the milestone of 10 years of New2NL, I have recorded 10 videos about topics related to education in the Netherlands.

With these anniversary tips, I wanted to explain how the Dutch education system works, what to expect, and what you could already arrange before moving to the Netherlands. 

If you need more information, or if you have specific questions, I invite you to book a video call with me through the New2NL website.

Last, but not least, I would like to thank each of my 1000 (!) client families for their cooperation, and trust in New2NL. I have hugely enjoyed working with you all. I hope you are all happy with your choice of school. 

Here’s to the next 10 years!

Enjoy the videos:

New2NL Anniversary tips

Tip 1: Many schools are full

Tip 2: Many daycares have a waiting list

Tip 3: The Dutch school attendance law

Tip 4: The newcomer class

Tip 5: Dutch school hours (& after-school care)

Tip 6: International schools

Tip 7: Parental contribution

Tip 8: Dutch school lunches (or the lack thereof)

Tip 9: The end test of primary school

Tip 10: Start of Dutch primary school


Prize draw

Boy presenting in class

Would you like to have a chance of winning a free, one-hour consultancy call about education in the Netherlands? Send us a picture of yourself or your school when you were 10 years old.

Send your picture before July 20th to annebet[at], and describe in which country and when it was taken.

The winner will be announced shortly after, and some of the received pictures will be shown on the New2NL website. We are curious to see how your school looked like, or how you used to dress for school. Thank you very much in advance.

Moving as a child – a personal story

Schuthoek school

A personal story: when I was 10 years old, I moved with my family from the South of the Netherlands (Noord-Brabant) to the North-East (Drenthe). Although this was still in the same country, the difference was huge. In the beginning, I couldn’t understand the people in my new home town, for example. I remember very well how my mother sent me to the green grocer’s with a shopping list. I asked the sales guy for the produce on my list. I didn’t understand his answer and asked him politely to repeat. After repeating twice more, and me still not understanding anything, I went home crying.

I started school there mid-group 7, and had to get used to everything new. I also had to make new friends, while I had to leave many great friends behind. Looking back, I don’t remember much of this school. I should have a picture of the school from when I was 10, but I have no idea where to search for it. So, above you see a current picture of how I vaguely remember it.

And then, less than two years later, a lot changed again when I went to secondary school… And then the whole process started all over again.

Although this was all very difficult at that time, these and later experiences (I have moved many times after, and also changed secondary schools) helped me to understand the needs of families moving to a new place. Now I profit from these experiences when assisting my clients.


View on Turin

And by living in Italy, I have also experienced how it feels to be the foreigner and how to arrange everything in a language which isn’t native to you.

So, in the end, everything has come together, and it did serve a purpose.

I am proud of what I have achieved in those 10 years, and I am enthusiastically looking forward to the next ten years!