Working in childcare

Do you hold a diploma from an EEA member state Link opent externe pagina or Switzerland, and would you like to work indefinitely in the Dutch childcare sector? In that case, you need to apply for recognition of your foreign professional qualification. If you would like to work in the Dutch childcare sector either occasionally or for a specified period, you will need to register that intention.

Conditions

Working indefinitely in childcare
  • You hold an EU residency permit.
  • Your diploma was issued in an EEA member state or in Switzerland.
  • You are eligible to work with children in the relevant age group in the country where your diploma was issued.
  • Your diploma is geared towards working with children, and specifically towards child development.
The full terms and conditions are laid down in the Regeling erkenning EU-beroepskwalificaties kinderopvangpersoneel Link opent externe pagina (in Dutch only).
Temporary or occasional work in childcare
  • You hold an EU residency permit.
  • Your diploma was issued in an EEA member state or in Switzerland.
  • You are eligible to work with children in the relevant age group in the country where your diploma was issued.

Relevant occupations

For which occupations do you need to register or apply for recognition?
  • childminder
  • employee at a day-care centre
  • out-of-school care employee
  • multilingual out-of-school chilldcare employee
  • pre-school education employee

Apply and register

  1. Use the ‘Recognition of EU professional childcare qualifications (129Kb, pdf)’ form to apply for recognition of your professional qualification.
  2. Use the ‘Temporary or occasional services of EU professional qualifications for childcare professions (127Kb, pdf)’ form if you wish to register temporary or occasional work.

You can send the form by post or scan it in and email it to ks.dw@duo.nl (up to 5MB).

Free

The recognition of your foreign professional qualification or the registration of temporary or occasional work in childcare will be handled free of charge.

What happens next

Recognition of your professional qualification

The procedure to recognize your foreign professional qualification is as follows:

  • You submit a form requesting recognition of your professional qualification. The documentary evidence you need to include is specified on the form.
  • DUO checks to make sure you have provided all the necessary evidence. If anything is missing, you will receive a letter asking you to send us the missing evidence.
  • In relation to your diploma, DUO may consult the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic Link opent externe pagina) or make enquiries with the relevant authorities in the country where the diploma was issued.
  • If the relevant authorities in the country where the diploma was issued are unable to verify your diploma, we require a statement from your educational institute confirming that you graduated successfully.
  • You are informed of the decision. If you think our decision is wrong, you can lodge an objection.
Temporary or occasional work

The procedure to register temporary or occasional work is as follows:

  • You submit the registration form. The documentary evidence you need to include is specified on the form.
  • DUO checks to make sure you have provided all the necessary evidence. If anything is missing, you will receive a letter asking you to send us the missing evidence.
  • DUO makes enquiries about your diploma with the relevant authorities in the country where the diploma was issued.
  • If the relevant authorities in the country where the diploma was issued are unable to verify your diploma, we require a statement from your educational institute confirming that you graduated successfully.
  • Once you have satisfied the conditions, you will receive a letter confirming the registration. You will then be eligible to work in childcare.
  • If you do not satisfy the conditions, your application for registration will be rejected.
  • If your application is rejected, you can lodge an objection.

Contact

Please contact the Diploma recognition and Legalisation department if you have any questions. You can call us from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on +31 50 599 80 36. Or send an email to ks.dw@duo.nl.

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