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

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Amsterdam Mamas, Children, Motherhood, My Articles, School

How Two Peuterspeelzaal Teachers Changed How I Parent My Sons

I am the mother of three highly sensitive sons. I myself am highly sensitive. I learnt this fact because of amazing teachers at my eldest son's peuterspeelzaal. They recognised traits and behaviours in him at the age of three that are consistent with being highly sensitive.Goodbyes in school were heart wrenching for him from day… Continue reading How Two Peuterspeelzaal Teachers Changed How I Parent My Sons

Culture, Dutch, Netherlands, School

Wednesday Afternoons for a Primary School Child – Dutch Style

In primary schools in the Netherlands children are off school every Wednesday afternoon. The idea is that it gives children time to do extra-curricular activities without cramming every afternoon after school full. Or they get together with school friends and play on the streets, build dens in the local park, clamber around in the mud and… Continue reading Wednesday Afternoons for a Primary School Child – Dutch Style

Children, Netherlands, School

Starting School in the Netherlands – Little Steps to the Basisschool

As I mentioned in a previous post all of my children are now of school going age. *Gulp* As soon as a child turns four they may start attending primary school in the Netherlands - a big step for such a little person."There have been tears. There have been bursts of anger because he doesn’t… Continue reading Starting School in the Netherlands – Little Steps to the Basisschool

Bilingual, Dutch, English, Languages, School

Dutch Primary Schools Lag Behind with Foreign Language Teaching

Platform Onderwijs2032 is looking at the future of the education system in the Netherlands. One of the conclusions drawn from their work to date is that English should be taught from group 1, from the start of a child's school journey.According to an article on Expatica, just over half of Dutch children are taught a second language… Continue reading Dutch Primary Schools Lag Behind with Foreign Language Teaching