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Latest developments Covid-19

Update 30 March 2020

On Monday, the Dutch government announced more stringent measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The current rules and measures are explained below.

At home

  • Stay at home as much as possible. Only leave the house to go to work if you cannot work from home, to go grocery shopping or to provide care for others. This measure will remain in place until at least 6 April and possibly longer. You can go outside for some fresh air but go alone.
  • You have to stay home if you have a cough or a cold. Stay home from work as well. If any member of your household has a fever, the whole household has to stay home. The rules are different for people who work in crucial sectors or critical processes (see the list here): these key workers only have to stay home from work if they themselves present with these symptoms and a fever.
  • Limit the number of visitors to three people and keep at least 1.5 metres apart from each other.
  • Nursing homes and small group homes for older people are closed to visitors.

In public

  • Keep at least 1.5 metres away from others at all times. If three or more people who are not part of the same household fail to keep at least 1.5 metres away from each other, they may incur a fine of up to €400 each.

This does not apply to children who are playing together outside.

  • Mayors are now able to introduce local emergency legislation to enforce these measures. This will enable them to quickly close specific locations, such as beaches, parks and campsites.


  • Primary schools, secondary schools, vocational schools and childcare facilities will remain closed until Monday 6 April and possibly longer. Schools and childcare facilities will still provide childcare for children of key workers.
  • Schools for higher professional education and universities have to offer online teaching rather than large-group lectures.


  • Events are banned until 1 June, including those with less than 100 participants. Events are here defined as planned gatherings that require a permit. Smaller gatherings are also banned until 6 April and possibly longer.
  • Funerals and church weddings are excepted from this rule. Apart from this, churches and mosques must remain closed.




  • Shops and public transport services must take measures to ensure that people keep their distance from each other, such as introducing limits on the number of people allowed inside at the same time.
  • Businesses in contact-based industries, such as hair salons and beauty salons, must be closed until 6 April. Physiotherapists are urged to work via video calls as much as possible.

Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars

  • All restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, etc. will remain closed until at least Monday 6 April. They can still offer takeaway and delivery services. Weed shops are also allowed to offer takeaway services.
  • The same rules apply to casinos: they must be closed.


  • Holiday parks must introduce measures to make sure people keep 1.5 metres apart. If they fail to do so, municipalities may close these locations.
  • Sports and fitness clubs, saunas and sex clubs have to remain closed until at least 6 April and possibly longer.

Update 24 March 2020

Big Ben Kids, like everyone, is responding to a rapidly changing and unprecedented set of circumstances.

As childcare centers our priority is to ensure the safety and health of the children in our care.  This means that we have been following the advice of the RIVM to stop our normal procedures as of March 16.

We have closed all our locations to all children other than to children with at least one parent that works in a vital sector.  This is the best way to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

We know that there are a lot of our parents that work in vital functions and are not able to work from home at this time.  For all these parents that work in vital sectors, we are still open and we welcome you at all our Big Ben Kids Location.

If you wish to receive childcare at one of our locations please get in contact with your locations manager. This counts for all current families and any new families that need emergency care in these trying times.

In these difficult times, we are still here for you. In our Blog, we post many ideas about how you can entertain your children at home. This way they are still able to enjoy some of the amazing things they otherwise would miss out on.

If you require more information about our measures regarding Covid-19, please visit https://www.rivm.nl/en/news/current-information-about-novel-coronavirus-covid-19 or send an email to your location manager.

All the best

Your Big Ben Kids Team


Why Big Ben Kids

Children and parents are always guaranteed a warm welcome from members of our professionally qualified, dedicated team. Here at Big Ben Kids, our childcare centres provide a caring and nurturing international environment with a daily well-structured schedule. Children really enjoy our various learning activities, make lots of friends and have a great time. As we believe that children learn most while having fun, we offer them plenty of exciting opportunities to learn through play. Big Ben Kids also promotes a healthy lifestyle and serves warm, delicious, homemade meals twice a day as well as nutritious snacks.

Our services

Big Ben Kids provides day care, preschool care and after school care as well as holiday and summer camps. We have facilities for babies and toddlers and offer an extensive activities programme. The children are involved with lots of craft activities and spend time, at least once a week, in our own gym playing in a different environment and exploring age-
appropriate sports activities. As all children love music and singing, we also sing many songs and play and make music and dance together. And we offer weekly dance and music
lessons, including piano lessons. Our wide-range of services include a network of speech and language therapists, child psychologists and occupational therapists in case families need extra support. While our centres include a large outdoor playing area, during summertime we go on daily fieldtrips to the woods, playgrounds, parks, an animal petting zoo and many other places. Big Ben Kids has its own buses, cargo bikes and private drivers. This allows the children to travel safely and conveniently between schools and our centres and attend outside activities.

Come and have a look at Big Ben Kids

What does Big Ben Kids offers to your family?

Home like environment

Our aim is to create a warm and interesting atmosphere in our childcare facilities for the children where children can grow safely.

Healthy meals

At Big Ben Kids we serve two healthy, home-made, warm meals per day. Next to that the children receive healthy snacks with lots of fruits and raw vegetables. The weekly menu is available!

Loving and caring teachers

The teachers at Big Ben Kids are all passionate teachers who love to teach children. They do every day their best to make sure that the children feel safe and happy.

Lots of extra activities

Next to the well structured curriculum we always like to do more! Decorating the childcare buildings with the children, dancing, making music, learn the Dutch language, go to the gym, library, swimming pool, field trips…

Learning through play

Our curriculum is designed in a way that children don’t even notice how much they learn daily. According to them they are just playing and having fun!

Truly international place

Big Ben Kids Team members are from all around the world just like the families who come to us. This is why we believe that our childcare centre should be more than just a centre where we care for children, we also care for your family. We would like to serve our expat community and bring us closer together.

Want to know more?

If you would like to know more about our services, staff team and fees, or if you have any other questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always here to help and would be delighted to give you a tour.