Arrangements regarding children drastically revised as of 2015
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Arrangements regarding children drastically revised as of 2015

As of 2015 a number of tax benefits regarding the cost for your children have disappeared.  Which benefits are gone? compensation single parents, changes in child related budget. Which benefits are gone? * Single parent credit (Alleenstaande…
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ProefPark Haarlem indoor winter edition!

After two successful summer editions from ProefPark the time has come for an indoor winter edition on the last weekend of January. expatsHaarlem was together with some Haarlem media and some well-known food bloggers among the first to receive…
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Zelfstandig en Zwanger (ZeZ) (Sole proprietor and pregnant)

As a sole proprietor in the Netherlands you might be eligible for the Zelfstandig en Zwanger benefit (sole proprietor and pregnant). You can request the ZeZ benefit if you: - are self-employed with or without employees; - work for…
Dutch lessons for kids on funny DVDs - watch this video: animals
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Dutch lessons for kids on funny DVDs

Effective and funny Dutch teaching program for kids - and adults too? ;-) -  Watch this video lesson: animals. Dutch lessons on DVDs for kids Dino Lingo Dutch for Kids learning program teaches the most common 200 Dutch words and phrases…
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My CB Said What? Ridiculous Advice From The Consultatiebureau

To provide a little background for this post, the Consultatiebureau, also known as CB, is a place where parents bring their children in for baby well check ups. Babies are weighted, measured and vaccinated. Parents get advice on parenting, feeding…
Being a Third Culture Kid – Part 3: The Parents’ Role
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Being a Third Culture Kid – Part 3: The Parents’ Role

This article is the last piece of a series of 3 on being a Third Culture Kid (TCK). We began by defining the concept of TCK and listing the major challenges of growing up in between cultures in Part 1. The 2nd part was about the benefits of…
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expatsHaarlem Christmas AperiParty

It’s the time of the year again….. Sinterklaas, Christmas, December drinks & parties, surprises and gifts…. We can’t miss it. We want to celebrate it together… in a church! Yes, we rented a church. The magnificent Heilig Hart Kerk…
Circus Tricks - How do you juggle ex-pat life, children and still try to follow your dream? (Illustrations by Sarah-Leigh Wills and copyright Rembrandt & Kiki 2014)
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Circus Tricks - How do you juggle ex-pat life, children and still try to follow your dream?

Jane Archer-Wilms, British ex-pat, explains how she puts pen to paper, publishes and promotes in between the pooey nappies, playdates and pick-ups. Breed. This was the standard answer if you asked the 16 year old me what I wanted to do…
ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!
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ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!

Espresso Lounge opened its doors in the Kleine Houtstraat in May this year. It is is a relaxed café with good coffee, cake and sandwiches for a fair price. Plus a special Kids Lounge. During the whole month of NOVEMBER expatsHaarlem Parents…
More than 100 schools closed
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More than 100 schools closed

Every year more and more schools are closing their doors. Last school year 108 elementary schools were shut down or merged with another school. Thus there are, according to the Office of Education have 6541 primary schools left. The PO-council,…
Book Review: “Rembrandt and Kiki Move to the Netherlands” / “Rembrandt and Kiki Verhuizen naar Nederland”
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Book Review: “Rembrandt and Kiki Move to the Netherlands” / “Rembrandt and Kiki Verhuizen naar Nederland”

This new book on the bilingual block is the first of a planned series written in both Dutch and English. It tells the story of red headed twins, Kiki and Rembrandt, who move from England to the Netherlands. They have a Dutch mother and their…
Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 2: The Benefits
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Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 2: The Benefits

This article is part 2 of 3 on being a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Summing things up, we are talking about children that have spent a significant part of their development years living out of their home culture, not identifying completely with…
October children's month: more tips
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October children's month: more tips

October is children's month in Haarlem In addition to the 7 tips that I gave you last week, in the Brochure Oktober Kindermaand 2014 of the Gemeente/Municipality of Haarlem there are much more. Below, a selection of them. Every…
6-12 October: week of the education in the Netherlands
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6-12 October: week of the education in the Netherlands

6-12 October is the week of the education in the Netherlands. Here is the link to lots of nice and educational activities in many Dutch places (Haarlem, Hoofddorp, Leiden, The Hague, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Delft  etc.) for babies, toddlers,…
October children's month: 7 tips
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October children's month: 7 tips

Beginning of October. This means that Haarlem turns into a true Mecca for kids! The whole month of October there are in Haarlem lots of fun activities to do for kids of all ages. The focus of the program lies in the Autumn Holiday, from the…
Drongo Festival (Photo BIMU)
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Drongo Festival

Drongo Festival: "Languages for your Future", Professional information on multilingualism and playful experimentation with language-jamming, 27 September 2014, Public Library in Amsterdam.  Linguistic matters, as "displaced people"…
Could parental leave be why Dutch kids are the world’s happiest?
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Could parental leave be why Dutch kids are the world’s happiest?

Unicef calls the Dutch the happiest children in the world and they rank second in the OECD for life/work balance. How big a factor is parental leave? Robbin Haasnoot, 33, greets his daughter and wife as they return from swimming. It’s…
Primary school in the Netherlands (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Primary school in the Netherlands

Compulsory education under Dutch law applies to children of all nationalities from 5 to 18 years who are residing in the Netherlands. Primary school starts at the age of four and is obligatory from five years old. In this article a basic explanation…
Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands - Part 2: Nanny Care/Childminder Care (Photo: Arianna Ardia)

Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands - Part 2: Nanny Care/Childminder Care

Are you looking for high quality childcare for your baby or toddler? Or thinking at changing type of childcare? Read more about the five most common types of childcare in the Netherlands in a series of five articles. Today part 2: Nanny Care…
Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 1: The Challenges (Photo: Chaud)
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Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 1: The Challenges

Do you have small children and are you thinking of moving abroad? Did you shift between cultures as a child? Are your children spending a significant part of their development years in a culture that isn’t their original one? If any of the…
World Breastfeeding Week 2014 and special invitation for our Haarlem breastfeeding mums (Photo: Breastfeeding Chicago)
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World Breastfeeding Week 2014 and special invitation for our Haarlem breastfeeding mums

The World Breastfeeding Week 2014 is this week, between Aug 1-7. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action WABA has announced the slogan and theme for WBW 2014: BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal - For Life! This year's WABA World Breastfeeding…
NLs in top five countries for mothers (Photo; Arianna Ardia)
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NLs in top five countries for mothers

The chance of a woman in the Netherlands dying during pregnancy or childbirth has decreased by over half since the start of the century. This makes the Netherlands the fifth-safest country in the world to have a baby. While at the end…
Letter To the Young Mum in the Mammacare Waiting Area
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Letter To the Young Mum in the Mammacare Waiting Area

Yesterday in the waiting area I noticed you. You came out of the doctor's office, the same room that I came in a few minutes after. But in that fleeting moment that I was waiting to be called, I saw you. Your back lounged, partly seated…
Cito scores 2014: Compare schools in your municipality (Photo: RTL Nieuws)
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Cito scores 2014: Compare schools in your municipality

RTL Nieuws has made a calculation tool to compare the final Cito test scores of elementary schools in each municipality. Look at the chart on the RTL Nieuws website RTL Nieuws gave each school a score. If you type in their tool the name…
Best Pool of the Year Election (Photo: ANP)
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Best Pool of the Year Election

Summer! And that means (hopefully) nice weather. Time to look where the best outdoor pools are located. The annual Best Pool of the year Election has started again. After the first round two winners by province will be elected. The first…
12 things parents raising bilingual children need to know (Photo: Rachel Ranting)

12 things parents raising bilingual children need to know

1 – It doesn’t happen by magic Children do not become bilingual “by magic”. There is a persistent myth claiming that “children are like sponges when it comes to language” and that they will learn all languages they hear regularly…
How to fit into Dutch society, have a home birth (Photo: Sofeminine)
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How to fit into Dutch society, have a home birth

The Shallow Man, after ten years in the Netherlands has learned many things about the Nederlandse samenleving. One of the things that has puzzled both myself and many other expats is why Dutch women are so loud. There have been many theories…
21st Century Global School - bilingual primary education in Haarlem (21st Century Global School)
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21st Century Global School - bilingual primary education in Haarlem

21st Century Global School - Interview with the founder, Ingrid Elbertsen Ingrid gives us a warm welcome into her new school, the 21st Century Global School on the Korte Verspronckweg in Haarlem, which will be the first bilingual school…
Dutch crèches refusing non-vaccinated children
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Dutch crèches refusing non-vaccinated children

At least 5 crèches in the Netherlands now refuse children who have not been vaccinated, according to a survey conducted by RTL News. Of 560 daycare organizations that responded to RTL’s questions about vaccination policies, 118 said…
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Songs not to play on Father's Day

Songs not to play on Father’s Day   It is Father’s Day today. There are a lot of great songs about fathers but try to avoid playing these around your dad today.   5.) John Denver- Please Daddy (Don’t get drunk this…