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• If you, along with your family, come to the Netherlands as a highly skilled worker, your contract will be sufficient to meet the requirements regardless of the length of employment. AU PAIRS • Bringing an au pair to the Netherlands? One of the key rules is that the au pair cannot have previously worked for your family abroad. • Only a recognised au pair agency can submit a permit application on behalf of an au pair. • Au pairs can stay in the Netherlands for one year as a “cultural exchange” who cannot work outside his or her agreed au pair duties. • No previous Dutch residence permit for exchange purposes can be on your record if wanting to au pair. • An au pair must be over 18 and under 31 and cannot be a family member in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree. • 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.

on the websites. Always bring a visit to the kinderdagverblijf or give the customer service a call. Urban areas have a shortage so expect long waiting lists. • Out of school care: day care centres that provide Buitenschoolse Opvang for children up to 12 years old. • Private day care: In large cities, private facilities offer flexible options up to 24-hour care, international nurseries and pre-school establishments. Note that private day care falls mostly outside the childcare law (wet Kinderopvang), so special childcare allowance is not applicable. • Pre-school/playgroups (peuteropvang): pre-school/ playgroups aimed at helping to prepare children aged between 2/2,5 and 4 years old for their transition into primary school (this varies per city). Focus is on child development. A child can usually attend a peuteropvang for three hours per day, either two or four times a week. Working parents can receive the kinderopvangtoeslag, towards the cost of peuteropvang (conditions apply, see Childcare allowance).

CHILD BENEFIT • Parents living or working in the Netherlands with children under 18 are entitled to the kinderbijslag, a quarterly contribution to the cost of raising children from the Sociale Verzerkerings Bank (SVB). • The amount depends on age, special needs, etc., but is not income-related. • This contribution can sometimes be paid into a foreign bank account (see www.svb.nl for a list of offices) • Childcare (kinderopvang) • It is never too early to register your child for day care, for instance, when you are pregnant. Government policy can be found on www.rijksoverheid.nl (in Dutch). CHILDCARE OPTIONS • Kinderdagverblijf: day care for children aged six weeks to four years old. Search online for kinderdagverblijven in your area and orientate based

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