Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands – Part 3: Peuterspeelzaal (Playgroup)

Doesn’t your child go to a crèche or day care? But does he/she starts to get the age that interacting with other children may be important for him or her? Then it might be a good idea to bring your toddler to a “peuterspeelzaal”.


A peuterspeelzaal is meant for children from two to four years old. It is a place where toddlers learn to interact with peers and where they learn through playing. There are offered lot’s of activities such as: reading aloud to kids, doing crafts and making puzzles with them and playing outdoors.

The playgroup is designed to stimulate motoric development, social-emotional development, creativity and intellectuality. It makes the transition to primary school easier.

Amount of sessions

A toddler visits the peuterspeelzaal at least two sessions of a few hours per week. Visiting less is not possible. It is important that the child feels comfortable at the peuterspeelzaal and that he/she can attach to the other children and the teachers.

Many peuterspeelzalen work with early childhood education programs: programs that provide extra support to the (language) development. Peuterspeelzalen which are using these programs can often be visited more than two sessions a week.


The costs for a peuterspeelzaal vary per peuterspeelzaal and depend on your income. Roughly speaking, the costs are around fifty euro’s per month for two sessions per week.

Would you like to read more about different forms of childcare in the Netherlands? Then read my other articles about this subject on

Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands – Part 1: Day care

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


Sabine Bakker