International Parent Coffee Meetings
I host a twice-monthly meeting for international parents on Monday mornings. These take place on the first and third Monday of the month.
The meet-ups are drop-in sessions for anyone wanting to meet other parents and they provide an opportunity for parents to share their joys and frustrations with other parents who understand. Most of all, they are an opportunity to relax, have a coffee and chat to other parents. Parents are welcome to bring their children, as there is also a play corner.
The meet-ups are informal, with no training or organised themes but there are opportunities for parents to ask questions, give each other tips and to share resources and ideas. If a group of parents would like to have training or advice on a specific topic then a workshop could be organised separately.
Special Needs Parent Coffee Mornings
Parents of children with special needs are welcome to come and meet each other at the international parent coffee meetings. Children with special needs are welcome to come and play with ‘typically developing’ children. It could be that you have a child with an attention deficit disorder, a genetic disorder, dyslexia or dyscalculia, a physical disability, a hearing loss or a language delay. All children are welcome at the international coffee meet-ups.
However, some parents of children with additional needs would like to connect with other parents who have similar experiences to talk specifically about the diagnosis process, schooling needs, social concerns. It can be easier to share your frustrations and worries with other parents who understand your specifc circumstances.
If you are one of thesse parents then you may wish to join the Special Needs Parent Coffee morning on the second Monday of the month.
Although the meetings were set up for international families in The Netherlands, Dutch international families are also welcome! The language spoken is English and you do not have to be a native or fluent speaker to join in the discussions.
The coffee morning is free; a donation towards costs is appreciated and there is a pot for your contribution by the door.
The coffee meet-ups are held in Ypenburg: Vuursteen 8, 2496 RZ Den Haag. There is an easy tram connection between The Hague and Delft (Trams 15 and 19) and it is close to Bus route 30. Ypenburg is easily accessbile by car via A4. There is free parking in the Plesmanlaan and surrounding streets. There is paid parking by the Jumbo supermarket for 10c per hour for a maximum of 2 hours.
Inclusion4all follows the RIVM guidelines. Do not come to the coffee morning if you or your child are feeling unwell. Please disinfect your hands when coming into the Vuursteen location.