Social life and leisure

Partner programme

To become acquainted with living in the Netherlands, the Dutch culture and to get to know other expats, we offer a special programme for the partners of your foreign employees. This programme an opportunity for them to meet each other on a regular basis and to share common interests, or to address practical issues regarding living in the Netherlands.

In this partner programme, six to eight meetings a year will be organised in the Impulse Building (Campus Wageningen UR, Building 115). During each meeting, a special subject will be addressed. Some excursions to Wageningen will be organised depending on the subject of the day. The meetings start around 09.00 and last till 13.30. Lunch is included.

Please contact us for more information about the partner programme, registration and costs.

Childcare and schools

When bringing children to the Netherlands, it may be useful to have a solution for childcare. It also may be useful to know which schools are most suitable.

Education for children

Schooling is compulsory in the Netherlands for children between the ages of five and 16 (and is optional for children who are four years old). There are both public (openbare) and non-public (bijzondere) schools. The latter usually have a religious or specific pedagogic orientation (for example, Montessori, Jenaplan, Dalton, etc.). Education at public schools is free, in principle, up to the pupil’s 17th birthday. However, most schools charge fees for special educational activities. Non-public (bijzondere) schools usually charge tuition fees.

Children between the ages of five and 12 attend primary school (Basisschool or Lagere School).

Primary schools in Wageningen

  • De Tarthorst, public primary school, tel. 0317- 415055,
  • De Montessorischool, primary school, tel. 0317- 412296,
  • De Nijenoord, public primary school, tel. 0317- 425301,
  • De Nude, an internationally-oriented public primary school, offers special education in a ‘transition class’ for children, who are learning Dutch as a second language:, tel. 0317- 413029.

Secondary education (middelbare school) is provided at various levels: MAVO, HAVO, VWO (Atheneum, Gymnasium).

For very young children (starting from two and a half years old) there are play groups (peuterspeelzaal). Play groups are not free. A list of schools and play groups can be found in the telephone directory under ‘scholen. The Dutch school year starts between mid-August and the first week of September. The exact date varies. School holidays vary from region to region in the Netherlands. Please ask at your local town hall for the exact dates of your school's holidays.

International school

There is no specific international school in Wageningen, but most primary and secondary school teachers speak English, whilst Pantarijn Secondary School in Wageningen offers coaching and support for children of international staff.

There is an International School for primary and secondary education in Arnhem, address: Groningensingel 1245, 6835 HZ Arnhem. email:,


Day-care (kinderdagverblijf/crèche): ‘Kinderopvang Wageningen’ offers various types of childcare at several locations for children from 0-13 years. All Wageningen residents who need childcare due to their work or study are eligible for childcare benefit. The quality of the care meets the national standards set by the Dutch Government. Children are offered integral developmental opportunities under expert leadership in a safe environment. If you would like to register your son or daughter for childcare or have questions about your specific situation, please contact ‘Stichting Kinderopvang Wageningen’, Postbus 126, 6700 AC Wageningen, tel. 0317- 412010, email:

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