Dear Parents and carers,
Below you will find some quick
information and links to resources on a variety of topics such as residency, healthcare, shopping etc. in the Netherlands.
In addition, the ISB PA has developed a Welcome Booklet to provide more detailed information to help make the transition to life in the Netherlands easier. It contains a great deal of information and resources to help you navigate getting settled and also through everyday life here in your home.
Emergency number for police, fire or ambulance is 112
Emergency Hospital (in Breda)
Amphia Ziekenhuis T. (076) 595 50 00
Emergency doctor’s services 076 - 52 58 500
Non-emergency police number is 0900 8844
ISB contact info
(076) 560 7870
First steps when you move to
Everyone residing in the Netherlands should have a registration number or BSN (Burgers Service Number). This will be required to open a bank acount, get insurance etc. To obtain a BSN for yourself and all your children under 16 you should make an appointment at the City Hall.
Find out more here:
If you are not from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you are planning to stay longer then 3 months, you need to apply for a residence permit with the IND; Department of Immigration and Naturalisation. Find out more here: https://ind.nl/EN
Also, you will need to register at the local council (GBA or Gemeente):For Breda click gere for more info https://www.breda.nl/en/moving-breda-abroad-initial-settlement
The Netherlands is one of the countries with the highest population density, therefore finding affordable accommodation can be a difficult task but not an impossible one!
Here are some links that might help you:
What to do in case of
In the Netherlands the 112 emergency number and hospital Emergency Room are only for life threatening emergencies!!! So please use them wisely otherwise you'll find yourself paying for a service you won't be needing or waiting longer than needed in the hospital.
In case of an urgent medical situation such as high fever, vomiting, an injury or something similar, the protocol is:
- If it happens within working hours (8/9 a.m. - 5/6 p.m.) call your family doctor. They'll attend you immediately and will tell you how to proceed.
- If it happens outside of working hours call the General Doctors Emergency Post HAP (Huisartsenpost) 076-525800 They will advise on what to do, where to go or will send you someone to your house to attend you.
The emergency number for police, fire or ambulance is 112 .
Emergency doctor’s services 076 – 52 58 500 .
Emergency hospital Amphia Ziekenhuis Molengracht 21, 4818 CK Breda
Non urgent Health Care
BSN & RESIDENCY
Credit cards are not widely used in the Netherlands and generally not accepted in supermarkets and small shops. Your bank will issue a Maestro debit card with a personal identification number to be used everywhere in the Netherlands.
Opening a bank account will require some formalities and it is not always possible to do so within the first days. There are a few banks in the NL that offer
international services in English to their clients.
The most popular ones are:
ABN AMRO: https://www.abnamro.nl/en/personal/index.html
The huisarts (GPs) are responsible for gathering all your medical records and re the gatekeepers to all the other types of medical treatment.
They can deal with routine health issues, perform standard gynecological and pediatric examinations, and refer you onto other services, including hospitals, specialists, home midwifery and physiotherapy.
For more information:
Holland Expat Center
I am Expat www.iamexpat.nl
Kids & Family
Here are a few tips on childcare services and playgrounds. The Welcome Booklet has many more. Click here to see.
Playgrounds (Speeltuin in Dutch)
Speelbos de Boeverijen (in the Mastbos) Bouvignedreef 5
Breda is easily accessible by public transport, both by train and by bus. Within the city you can even travel by e-scooters. Plan your trip by public transport in or to Breda with
For more information:
Shoppers should bring their own bags or shopping bags are available at a cost. Cash and PIN cards are accepted for payment; credit cards usually are not.
Some of the well known supermarket chains:
For information regarding garbage collection and recycling: