Health advice for young children

Keeping our children healthy and recognising illness can be a tricky job.

Many infectious diseases begin with symptoms such as runny eyes and nose, earache, and temperature. It is at these early stages that these diseases are most contagious. Parents are requested to keep their child at home if he/she is suffering from any of the above symptoms, and to let the School know immediately if any infectious disease is diagnosed by their doctor, especially if the child is suffering from German measles (Rubella).


Parents who have returned from a region of the world with an identified health threatening epidemic and whose children present symptoms of the illness are asked to advise the school immediately.

The following are guidelines for absenting a student from school due to illness:

  • Temperature of 99.6F or 37.5C or above;
  • Nausea, vomiting or severe abdominal pain;
  • Marked drowsiness;
  • Acute cold, sore throat, persistent cough;
  • Red, inflamed or discharging eyes;
  • Acute skin rashes or eruptions;
  • Suspected scabies or impetigo;
  • Swollen glands around jaws, ears or neck;
  • Earache;
  • Any weeping skin lesions unless protected and diagnosed as non-infectious;
  • Head lice;
  • Other symptoms suggestive of acute illness.

Parents are encouraged to use these guidelines at home in judging whether or not to send their child to school. When a child is taken ill at school, parents/guardians will be contacted to collect their child from school.

More information?

Please see the links below for helpful information on how to spot and treat common childhood illnesses.

Chicken Pox

Head lice

Health advice for young children

Scarlet fever

The 5th disease

The 6th disease
Dutch Language
Simple Dutch course.

Nederlands als Tweede Taal
Dutch News

Uit met de kinderen

A Dutch website giving parents information about where to take the family: the zoo, amusement parc, etc.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Welcome to the website of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, with a wealth of information about the orchestra and its chief conductor, Riccardo Chailly. This site also includes an overview of all the season subscription series’ and other concerts that will be played by the orchestra, as well as information on how you can purchase tickets.

Het Muziektheater
Het Muziektheater is the theatre of residence for De Nederlandse Opera (The Netherlands Opera)and Het Nationale
Ballet (the Dutch National Ballet). This means they do not just present their Amsterdam performances here, but they also produce them at Het Muziektheater. Gastprogrammering (the guest programming organisation of Het Muziektheater) invites companies and productions from around the world.

Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art
The Stedelijk Museum has responsibility for a large part of the collection of modern art belonging to the City of
Amsterdam. This diverse collection counts more than 100,000 objects from 1850 to the present: paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, graphic design, applied arts, industrial design and new media. Part of the permanent collection is always to be seen in changing combinations.

National Museum of Antiquites (Leiden)

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
The treasure-house of the Netherlands

British Embassy

Extensive information for both British nationals and English speakers in general. Many useful links accessible from this site.

U.S. Embassy
Valuable information for Americans as well as other English speakers. Many useful links accessible from this site.

Canadian Embassy
Not just for Canadian nationals, also has information and links to many English-language websites and organizations.

Australian Embassy
Australians and other English speakers will find this to be a useful site.

Dutch Embassy – Washington D.C.
This site offers information about the Netherlands and its people, society, economy, government, policies and institutions. You will also find links to interesting places and organizations in the Netherlands.

French Embassy
Extensive information for both French nationals and French speakers in general. Many useful links accessible from this site.

Expat Info

Practical information about life in The Netherlands.

English-language news & information source for expatriates living in, working in or moving to the Netherlands.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Lots of information in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian.

Help your Child

Speach Therapy Leiden

Tinneke van Driel, Speech and Language Therapy.

Welcome to the Web
This site will teach you about different parts of the “Web”.

Family Fun
Great ideas. Practical advice. Fun stuff too.

International Education
European Council of International Schools
The largest association of international schools

International Primary Curriculum
A new curriculum for international primary schools and selected by Elckerlyc International School

Foundation for International Education in the Netherlands

Do you have a question about raising your child? Then you can contact the Centre for Youth and Family (CJG) or Youth Health Care (JGZ) via the link.

International mindedness