Eindhoven is a centre of learning and innovation within the Netherlands and home to several prestigious schools and universities. As such, expats can rest assured that their children will receive an excellent education in this city.
While there are many good quality public schools in Eindhoven, expats should note that options are limited when it comes to international schools.
Public schools in Eindhoven
All children who live in the Netherlands, including expats, are entitled to attend public school for free up to the age of 16, after which subsidised fees apply.
The priority of placement in a public school is based on catchment areas so expats wanting to send their child to a public school in Eindhoven should choose their neighbourhood carefully.
Public schools follow the Dutch national curriculum, with Dutch as the first language of instruction. Public schools are a good option for those intending on staying in Eindhoven for the long term as young children will learn Dutch quickly, making it easier to adapt to their new surroundings and make friends with local children.
Private and international schools in Eindhoven
Private and international schools are far more limited compared to cities such as Amsterdam. While there are several private schools, there is only one main English-language international school within Eindhoven: the International School Eindhoven, which has campuses for primary and high school. The school offers both the Dutch and International Baccalaureate curriculum. Competition for places can be tough; we advise expats moving to Eindhoven to plan as early as possible.
Nurseries in Eindhoven
Expat parents with young children will find numerous childcare options in Eindhoven. There are many nurseries and preschools to choose from, although ultimately, proximity to accommodation may play the biggest role in selecting the right one.
Several companies offer daycare services in Utrecht, including Partou, the Netherlands' biggest childcare organisation.
Special-needs education in in Eindhoven
As with elsewhere in the country, special-education needs are well catered for in Eindhoven. Expats will find several speciaal basisonderwijs (SBO) and speciaal onderwijs schools in Eindhoven. While SBO schools share parallels with the mainstream Dutch curricula, the latter is divided into clusters depending on the type of impairment, be it visual, speech or hearing, physical or cognitive, or social and behavioural problems.
In many cases, children will be integrated into mainstream classrooms. Both public and private schools offer specialised support services that facilitate inclusive education. We recommend contacting the local municipality and the schools directly for assistance with selecting the school of best fit.
Homeschooling in Eindhoven
Homeschooling is not an accepted practice in the Netherlands. The large majority of expat parents are happy with the public education system, despite initial language barriers, which not only boasts high standards but is free to both expat and local students up till age 16, then subsidised for the following two years. International schools are the alternative, and a solution to the question of language, albeit an expensive one.
Tutors in Eindhoven
Finding a tutor in Eindhoven shouldn't prove much of a challenge. Numerous private tutoring companies operate across the city, while online portals are also a great way to hire a tutor. Some tutoring companies are directed at expats, and many offer Dutch language lessons. Tutors who specialise in specific subject areas can also be found in Eindhoven, which may help expat children who want to integrate into the public school system. Tuition outside of school can also benefit students who need extra support in general as well as close to exam time.
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