Arranging the education, finding a good school or day care for your children will be an important part of your relocation. After all; you want the whole family to be happy !

Children usually attend a preschool (‘peuterschool’ or ‘peuterspeelzaal’) around the age of 3. This gives them the opportunity to interact with other children in a playful manner and become accustomed to certain school-like rules.

From the age of 4, children are permitted to attend school in the Netherlands and school is compulsory for children from the age of 5 to 18.

In the Netherlands you are not appointed a school, so you can choose the school for your child yourself.

Children from the age of 4 are first admitted to an 8-year primary school. After completion of primary school, children make a choice for their secondary education.

Both local and international education is available in the region. Especially when you plan to stay in the Netherlands for a long period, local, Dutch, education can be an option to consider. In the main cities of the region, you will also find local secondary schools that offer Dutch-English bilingual education.

In this section you’ll find more information about the possibilities of international and local bilingual schools (English/Dutch) in the Twente area. Also Dutch schools are mentioned in case you want your children to follow the local schooling system.

In case your children are very young of age or need after school care, the section of day care will give the necessary information.