Local Childcare and Early-Learning Providers

Daycare in Leiden

Daycare is for children aged 3 months to 4 years. After their 4th birthday, children may start school - although this is not compulsory until they are 5. There are several options for daycare including childminders (gastouders) and nurseries/daycare centers (kinderdagverblijf).  

For further information on the different types of child care in the Netherlands, please see our Childcare Explained page. 

Mother and child on a windowsill.

Gastouders (Childminders) - We recommend you contact the Gastouder organisations directly to find one that suits you


There is a playgroup in the north of Leiden called De Gouden Poort. Children can attend from 2 to 4 years. There are 2 groups: a Tuesday/Thursday group and Wednesday/Friday group (from 8.00 to 13.30). In addition, it is possible that children can attend on a third day (Monday). Please note though that in this context the 'Vrij' (free) refers not to the cost but to the style of play. 

De Gouden Poort website
Child with painted hands.

More in Children & Schools