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Preschool at 2Ruiters: 'Squirrels'

The Pre-school “Three Little Ships” was founded in the summer of 2006 by the Stichting Lighthouse Special Education, near the Haagsche Schoolvereeniging (HSV). Since ‘The Three Little Ships’ has a waiting list, we have been asked to help them provide in preschool education. We gladly accepted the invitation and therefore started our own group at 2Ruiters (Frederikstraat 26, The Hague).

Our preschool childcare group at 2Ruiters is called 'Squirrels'. The group aims to accommodate children from the international expatriate community, so that they can all develop in an optimal way. To achieve this, “Squirrels” offers a structured curriculum with the emphasis placed on socio-emotional safety, individual development, social competence and the transfer of norms and values. Preschool days in “Squirrels” are followed in a climate of security and respect for one another. Much attention is paid to social interaction and to creating a positive work-, play- and learning environment. Children are encouraged to make independent choices of activities and in this way drive their own individual development. Within our secure environment we accept and respect children the way they are. We recognize each student as a unique person and we show this by emphasizing the importance of tolerance and acceptance, communication and trust, individual attention and support, challenge and encouragement, and by creating the opportunity for positive experiences. 

If your child enters the school not speaking English, he/she will have the advantage of learning English in a small group environment before entering formal education. The staff will be English speaking, experienced in leading playgroups and International pre-school education, with a ratio of one adult to 8 children. 

Please note that 2Ruiters already provides after-school care for children of the HSV.

Please feel free to drop by or contact us for an appointment so we can show you around for a first impression!

  • telephone: +31 (0)703607138
  • e-mail:  

A day in 'Squirrels'

When the children come into school in the morning, they will be able to choose between a wide variety of play and developmental activities and materials. In the morning, there is a structured talking time, as well as music, outside play and lots of opportunities for art. In addition, activities are planned according to various topics. The children are offered fruit, crackers and water or juice as a snack and they all sit to eat lunch together with the group leaders. After lunch they have Quiet Time where they lie quietly and look at books to prepare themselves for an afternoon of more play and learning. At home time, we hope that they have lots to tell about a happy day at school! 

Opening hours 'Squirrels'

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

Preschool 'Squirrels' is open on the same days as primary school HSV (location Nassaulaan 26). 
Consequently, the group is closed during school holidays.

Rates 'Squirrels' (academic year 2017-2018)

Rate per hour:
€ 7,50 per hour

Rate per month:
€ 730,23 per month (bases upon 11 months of payment)

How to Enrol

To enrol, please follow this link

As soon as you have registered, we will check whether we can place your child. If a place is not immediately available, you will be put on a waiting list. Your child's place is ensured once you have signed and returned the contract to our Planning & Advice department. If you have any quetions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to email or call us:

  • e-mail: 
  • telephone: +31 (0)703385500 (first option).

As soon as your child is placed, you will be invited to an introduction afternoon to visit his/her classmates and meet the group leaders.

Extra information

  • You have to register separately for 'Squirrels' and after-school care at 2Samen.
  • 'Squirrels' gives priority to students that will transfer to an international school.
  • A place in 'Squirrels' does not guarantee a place in one of the international departments of primary School HSV.