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Childcare & Playgroup Options

Infant & Toddler Childcare

Child Development Center (CDC)
USAG Schinnen CYSS
JFC Brunssum, Building H-602
Parent Central Services 0031-(0)-45-526-3121 or 2023
Childcare for ages 6 weeks to 6 years
Programs: Monday - Friday
  • Full Time – 7:00am-6:00pm, for all age groups
  • Part Day Preschool – 9:00am-12:00pm, ages 3-6
  • Strong Beginnings – 8:30am-11:30am, age 4 by Sept 1  
  • Hourly/Drop-In care – Once children are fully registered with CYSS, you can request hourly childcare for your child. Hourly slots are filled depending on space available at the centre. 
This program is open to all families of NATO participating nations based on a priority list.  The cost varies depending on household income. In order to register or have your child’s name put on the wait list, please call the Parent Central Services office at 0031-(0)-45-526-3121 or 2023.


Sunbeams
British preschool located at AFNORTH International School, Brunssum
British/Canadian Office 0031-(0)-45-527-8241
Program: Monday – Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Canadian children of parents posted in Niederheid, DE or Brunssum, NL are entitled to attend the Sunbeams program with no fees. There are three intake periods for the program, August, January, and April. Children are eligible to begin at Sunbeams the school term after their third birthday. For more information please call 0031-(0)-45-527-8241.


Local German or Dutch Kindergartens
Canadians may choose to send their children to the local German or Dutch Kindergarten in the area they will be living; this is done through their local town hall.  Many German and Dutch childcare or kindergartens do not take children under the age of 3 yrs.
 

Private Childcare
The MFSE maintains a list of youth community members interested in providing childcare privately in their homes or in the client’s home.  Please ask us and we can provide you with the contact list.  It is the responsibility of the parent to contact and negotiate terms with the childcare provider.
 

Childcare Co-operative
Not working or working part-time?  You may want to consider forming a Childcare Co-op with other parents of young children in the community.  This involves parents taking turns looking after each other’s children in a variety of ways.  The MFSE is willing to help facilitate the formation of a childcare co-op if there is an interest and a need for assistance.
 

INFANT & TODDLER PLAYGROUPS

 
TAPS: Tots And Parent Sessions
Military Family Services Europe, Building B11, Selfkant Kaserne
MFSE Front Desk 0049-(0)-2451-717500
Program: Tuesdays, 9:30am-11:30am
  
This program is a playgroup for parents and babies/toddlers up to 4 years, with special craft activities for holidays. The TAPS group meets on Tuesday mornings from August through June, except on days the AFNorth School is closed. For more information, please contact the MFSE at 0049-(0)-2451-717-500.
 

Mama Hawcs
NATO Air Base, Building 298, Multipurpose Room
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/405628219483385
Program: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 9:00am-11:00am
 
Mama Hawcs is a play group for little ones and a means of working out and stress relief for parents all in one. They work out in one hour increments and take shifts with the kids. You can work out in the facilities or make use of the trails and tracks around GK. For more information please see their Facebook page.
 

NATO Tri-Border Playgroup
Brunssum West Chapel, JFC Brunssum
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GKJFCplaygroup
Program: Thursdays, 10:00am – 11:30am
 
This is a parent lead playgroup open to all NATO ID holders with children from birth to pre-school age, designed for parents and children to socialize and make new friends. For more information please see their Facebook page.
 

SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN (5-12)

International Youth Activities (IYA)
NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Building 95
IYA Office 0049-(0)-2451-63-4955
Programs:
  • After School Care – Monday-Friday until 5:45 pm, ages 5 and up
  • School Closures & Breaks – 7:45am-5:45pm, ages 5 and up
  • Various seasonal sports, classes and day trips 
Children of all nationalities may attend the IYA childcare, activities or daytrips and discounts may be available for families with 3 or more children.  For more information please call 0049-(0)-2451-63-4955.
 
School Age Center
USAG Schinnen CYSS
JFC Brunssum, Building H-501
Parent Central Services 0031-(0)-45-526-3121 or 2023
Programs:  Monday to Friday
  • Before & After School Care –Monday-Friday, 7:00am-9:00am and 3:30pm-6:00pm, Grades 1-5.
  • School Closures & Breaks – 7:00am-6:00pm, Grades 1-5
  • Summer Camp is available on a weekly basis. Usually 2 or 3 field trips are planned for each week.
  • Hourly/Drop-In Care – once children are fully registered with CYSS, you can request hourly childcare. Hourly slots are filled depending on space available at the centre. Children not registered in before or after school care are allowed up to 4 hours of FREE hourly care per month. 
The School Age Center is open to all NATO ID card holder families.  Spots are available according to a priority list and cost is determined by family income.  For more information or to register your child call the Parent Central Services office at 0031-(0)-45-526-3121 or 2023.
 
Summer Camp
Our centre currently does not offer a full time summer camp program for school aged children. However, full time summer camp is available through Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS) at JFC Brunssum, or International Youth Activities (IYA) at NATO Airbase Geilenkirchen. It is important to note that while full time school at AFNorth International School begins at age 4, these summer camps do not, with CYSS being open to children who have completed the first grade (AFNorth level IY3), and IYA being open to children ages 5 and up. 
 

YOUTH PROGRAMS (~13-17 YRS)

Youth Center
USAG Schinnen CYSS
JFC Brunssum, Building H-602,
Parent Central Services 0031-(0)-45-526-3121 or 2023
Programs: 
  • After school drop in – Monday-Friday, 3:30pm-6:00pm, Grades 6-12. Use of the center is free and offers snack with fully equipped kitchen, craft room, games room, music room, computer & technology lab, gym, and outdoor skateboard area
  • School Closures – 1:00pm – 6:00pm; similar program with possible outings 
Parents of youth wishing to use the drop-in program at the Youth Center must register their youth ahead of time.  Youth are responsible for signing themselves in and out of the center.  For more information please call Parent Central services at 0031-(0)-45-526-3121.