The general term for childcare in the Netherlands is kinderopvang . The Netherlands has no formal educational provision for children under the age of four, the age at which children can begin primary school. Outside the formal educational system there are, however, childcare facilities for younger children and after-school facilities for school-age children. The defining element of the childcare policy in the Netherlands is that it is a matter of common interest and is the shared responsibility of parents, the government and employers. There are a lot of possibilities for childcare; we list some of them below.