Letters from Emmy: Back to School

May 05, 2015 By Emmy McCarthy 0 Comments

Welcome to Education month on Amsterdam Mamas. Emmy McCarthy, Director of Amsterdam Mamas, talks about the month ahead.

In France they call it la rentrée: the start of the back to school period which signals the end of the summer and the slow ride into the autumn months. Even as a child, September felt more like a time of new beginnings than January did. All that lovely new stationery carefully chosen with my pocket money and packed in my school bag. New school uniform for the new school year and shiny new shoes.

This month on Amsterdam Mamas, we will be celebrating education in its many forms. These include: stimulating your child's desire to learn as they begin to explore their world, their first taste of education outside of the home at childcare, moving through the Dutch education system, international schooling options in Amsterdam and elsewhere and how to navigate the best course for your family.

While Amsterdam Mamas is not in the beginning phase anymore, we have also been eagerly awaiting la rentrée. The start of September means that we have been a legally registered stichting (not-for-profit foundation) for a whole year. We have grown a lot, learned a lot and we are very excited about what our new year holds. We have always believed that our offline contact is as important as our online contact so you can expect to see a significant increase in the number of events we hold each month, including a workshop calendar bringing you interesting and relevant experts on subjects of interest to parents.

We are thrilled to be bringing you our first Book Weekend in association with Waterstone's on the 8th and 9th of September where you can also check out our Amsterdam Mamas Recommends book shelf filled with our picks of books for parents in the city. We are deep in the planning for our second annual children's market which is scheduled for the end of January 2013. The website has now been running for four months and in that time has reached a staggering position as the 132nd most-read website in Amsterdam. We have represented over 50 writers by publishing content every day and will continue to do so. 

At the heart of it all, remains a passion to learn, to connect and to spread the knowledge we find for the benefit of others. Welcome to Education month.


Emmy McCarthy is the Director of Stichting Amsterdam Mamas. She is a Mama, Entrepreneur and Connector on a never-ending quest for balance in her life.


photo credit: Comrade Foot via Flickr cc

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