Education and career


If you are bringing your partner to the Netherlands, it could be interesting to find out about any career development or job opportunities for them.

We are working together with partners who can assist your partner in finding a job in the Food Valley area. Please contact us for more information.

Education and childcare

When bringing children to the Netherlands, childcare may be required. It also may be useful to know which schools are most suitable for your children’s education.

Education for children

School 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 17tth 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 (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 depends on the summer holidays. 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 schools in Wageningen, but most primary and secondary school teachers speak English, whilst the 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:,


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.

Day-care (kinderdagverblijf/crèche): ‘Kinderopvang Wageningen’ offers various types of childcare for children from 0-13 years at several locations. 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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