Every year, new children come to Amsterdam who grew up in another country for the first few years of their lives. Just like your child perhaps. Some even go to school for the first time in their lives in the Netherlands. Your child will be learning a lot in a short period of time about a new country with a different culture, different manners and a different language.

There are newcomer groups for these children who will do their best to try and make children feel at home in Amsterdam as quickly as possible and to ease their disadvantage. We believe that if you feel at home, you can learn better. Mastering the Dutch language is very important for a good start and education.

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First register your child at a primary school. Even if you or your child does not (yet) have a residence permit. The headmaster of the school can give you more information about the newcomer group and guide you further. See schoolwijzer.amsterdam.nl for an overview of all schools in Amsterdam. The municipality of Amsterdam has also made a flyer with information about the educational system in the Netherlands.

Your child develops verbal and written skills in Dutch. This is done in a small group of 12 to 15 pupils, which makes your child quickly feel at ease. The ages vary from 6 to 12 years. Children aged 4 and 5 can go to a regular class in any primary school of your choice.

If your child goes to a newcomer group, it costs you nothing. However, there are the normal costs that apply at all schools, such as the parental contribution and accommodation costs.

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