Netherlands, School

Stop the Overcrowding in Dutch Classrooms

Yesterday the LIA (Leraren in Actie) handed over a petition to the Dutch government with 45,000 signatures against the continued overcrowding in Dutch classrooms. It's an issue that has been on the teachers' agenda for a number of years, but there's no money to implement policies that would make a difference. At least that is what the… Continue reading Stop the Overcrowding in Dutch Classrooms

Holidays/ Celebrations, Netherlands, Sinterklaas, winter

5 Ways to Embrace a Dutch December

December in the Netherlands means ferrying the children to school in near-darkness and evenings that draw in early. The temperatures take a nosedive and there’s every chance that snow will form a blanket over this little land. But a Dutch December certainly doesn’t spell doom and gloom. Winter in the Netherlands can be a lot… Continue reading 5 Ways to Embrace a Dutch December

consultatiebureau, Netherlands, Parenting Dutch Style

Saying Goodbye to My Consultatiebureau

“I started working here eight years ago and I can still remember the day you walked in for the very first time – a newborn baby in your arms. A brand new mother,” said the lady at the front desk of the consultatiebureau to me at the end of my last visit.I can’t even begin… Continue reading Saying Goodbye to My Consultatiebureau