I was recently introduced to the new world of Dutch day care (kinderdagverlbijf or crèche). Here’s how it sounded (to an expat mom like) me.
How nice you’re working, and full time too. You want to put your child in our day care?! Sure, get in line. We have a long waiting list but we couldn’t tell you how long. We also don’t answer emails. You have to call. But we don’t pick up the telephone either. Too busy.
You might want to register your child as soon as she’s born so you have a good chance of getting a place when she turns 1.
And while you’re at it, get your finances in order. You have a decent salary? Prepare to fork out at least €250/month (from your own pocket) for two days a week of day care.