Expat Survival Guide 2021 - The Netherlands

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• Light, domestic duties in exchange for bed and board are the norm. Eight hour work day are the maximum (30 hours per week), with two days off weekly. • As a sponsor, have sufficient income to support family and au pair. And make a daily schedule for the au pair agreed upon in writing. • https://ind.nl/en/exchange/Pages/Au-pair.aspx has a list of conditions for au pairs who wish to come to the Netherlands, as well as conditions for what an au pair is allowed to do.


• Parents working (or studying) in the Netherlands are entitled to the childcare allowance (kinderopvangtoeslag) for children under 12 to help cover the cost of childcare, and can reduce costs up to 93 percent depending on income and number of children. See more info at www.svb.nl. • Childcare allowance depends on a household’s (joint) income. • Childcare allowance for high-income households CHILD BENEFIT is capped at a certain percent of costs, depending on income. • Parents living or working in the Netherlands with children • Parents must be employed (or studying) to claim allowances. under 18 are entitled to the kinderbijslag, a quarterly contribution to the cost of raising children from the • The childcare centre or childminding agency must be Sociale Verzekerings Bank (SVB). registered in www.landelijkregisterkinderopvang.nl. In • The amount depends on age, special needs, etc., but is case of childminding services, the childminder must be registered as well. not income-related. • This contribution can sometimes be paid into a foreign • In the event of sickness, holiday, parental leave, extra training or part-time unemployment benefit, the number bank account (see www.svb.nl for a list of offices) or hours “worked” remains unchanged, as does the CHILDCARE (KINDEROPVANG) number of hours of childcare allowance granted. • Childcare allowance is also capped to a set of maximum hourly rates (230 hours max per month), depending It is never too early to register your child for day care, for on the type of care. Both can be calculated on the instance, when you are pregnant. Government policy can be government site www.government.nl. found on www.rijksoverheid.nl (in Dutch). • Parents cannot claim allowances if they look after each CHILDCARE OPTIONS other’s children or if relatives provide care. • You have the nationality of an EU country, Liechtenstein, • Kinderdagverblijf day care for children aged six weeks to Norway, Iceland or Switzerland. Are you from another four years old. Search online for kinderdagverblijven in country? In that case, you need a valid residence permit your area and orientate based on the websites. Always or work permit. bring a visit to the kinderdagverblijf or give the customer service a call. Urban areas have a shortage so expect long FUN TIPS FOR FAMILIES waiting lists. • Get out and about! There are many playgrounds tucked • Out of school care: day care centres that provide Buitenschoolse Opvang for children up to 12 years old. between the houses, streets and shops. • Fun for free – visit a children’s farm or kinderboerderij. • Private day care: In large cities, private facilities offer These city farms often have educational and recreational flexible options up to 24-hour care, international activities during the week. nurseries and pre-school establishments. Note that • Cultural fun – There are over 1500 museums in the private day care falls mostly outside the childcare law Netherlands. Dutch museums often have audio guides for (wet Kinderopvang), so special childcare allowance is kids available in several languages and have special tours not applicable. for children, as for instance Rijksmuseum and Muiderslot. • Pre-school/playgroups (peuteropvang): pre-school/ playgroups aimed at helping to prepare children aged • Hit the beach – the Netherlands has 451 kilometres of coastline accessible by car, bike, boat and between 2/2,5 and 4 years old for their transition into public transport. primary school (this varies per city). Focus is on child development. A child can usually attend a peuteropvang • Dutch theme parks – De Efteling is a huge park offering exciting rides for older kids and a Disneyfor three hours per day, either two or four times a week. esque experience with folkloric touches for Working parents can receive the kinderopvangtoeslag, younger ones. More theme parks can be found towards the cost of peuteropvang (conditions apply, see at www.pretparkennederland.nl. Childcare allowance). • Activities overview - Good sites for finding out more about children’s activities include “away with children” (www.wegmetdekids.nl) and “out with children” (www.uitmetkinderen.nl).



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