If your child is not yet old enough to go to school, you may want to arrange daycare. Options for daycare in the Netherlands include crèches or daycare centres, registered babysitters and nursery schools. You may be eligible for financial support from the Dutch government.
The Dutch term for daycare is kinderopvang which covers different options such as host parents (registered babysitters), daycare facilities or crèches, and nursery schools.
Demand for daycare is high, and there are often waiting lists for certain facilities. Be prepared to spend some time searching for a suitable daycare facility and making the necessary arrangements, especially if you will be reliant on daycare facilities.
Almost every working parent in the Netherlands is eligible for financial support from the Dutch government to help with the cost of childcare. To receive a childcare allowance (kinderopvangtoeslag), you must apply for it through the tax office (Belastingdienst). You will first need a apply for a DigiD (Digital Identification Code).