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babysitting/childcare/daycare services for 8yo

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babysitting/childcare/daycare services for 8yo

My husband and I will be attending a conference this summer in Leiden and will be bringing along our 8yo. We would love for her to experience Dutch culture by being with Dutch kids (or a family) or have a guide show her around Leiden while we are at the conference.

Are there reputable resources that provide this kind of service/connection ? Or maybe a daycare or summer camp that we can contact and ask if they can take in our daughter just for a couple of days ? Thanks for all your help.

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1. Re: babysitting/childcare/daycare services for 8yo

Day care and child care centres generally only cater for children up to 4 yrs old. If your conference is in summer, I assume it will be during school holidays and those centres will mostly be closed anyway.

If your conference has anything to do with the university your best bet would be to contact them and see if they have something going on. There are some summer camps going on in Leiden, but mostly for 'disadvantaged' kids....probably not what you have in mind.

If your conference is NOT during school holidays you could consider asking a primary school if your daughter could attend for a few days.

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2. Re: babysitting/childcare/daycare services for 8yo

“Day care and child care centres generally only cater for children up to 4 yrs old”

That’s not completely true. In the Netherlands kids start school at the age of 4. Kids that go to school don’t need day care, but if their parents work the might need some sort of care outside school hours. In Dutch this is called BSO which stands for “buitenschoolse opvang”. A lot of these BSO’s are open during the school holidays as well. Because there are less kids, they will organise all kind of special activities.

I think your best bet would be to contact the university and see what they have available. Some universities even have their own day care/BSO.

In Leiden the school holidays start on July 14 and end on August 26.

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3. Re: babysitting/childcare/daycare services for 8yo

You can try and contact this international day care in Leiden that also offers after school care and is open all year round;

https:/…bso-leiden

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4. Re: babysitting/childcare/daycare services for 8yo

Thanks for your replies. The conference is during the last week of school, Jul 10-13, at Leiden University. Hubby has already contacted the University daycare and s waiting for a reply. Will check out the link above.

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5. Re: babysitting/childcare/daycare services for 8yo

Given that bso is after school care, which solves only part of your problem, and you are there during the last week of school, you could try to contact a school and see if they are willing to have your daughter for a few days. (Assuming the university doesn't have a suitable program).

Try the ELS (Eerste Leidse Schoolvereniging): it is a non-denominational independent school with quite a few professional and university connected parents and generally very pleasant teachers.

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6. Re: babysitting/childcare/daycare services for 8yo

The University got back to us and said that they only accept kids 4yo or younger. ELS is busy so they cannot accomodate us. We did hear back from Teddy Kids and they seem to be very willing to work with our schedule. Just need to convince our kiddo to give it a try :)

Thank you Breda_TravelGirl and Econoclast1785. You have both been very helpful !

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