ESP Haarlem - any questions?
Who runs ESP Haarlem?
Why do I have to pay to join?
Which membership option should I choose?
How can I stay up to date?
What if I won't be coming to Monday playgroup?
Who are the members?
English Speaking Playgroup Haarlem is an informele vereniging run by a small group of volunteers. We are always appreciative of more volunteers, if you would like to get involved in ESP, organizing events or meet-ups or helping with playgroup, get in touch!
The annual donations to ESP Haarlem are used to pay rent on the premises for Monday playgroup, to rent venues for seasonal celebrations and events and to organise events and meet-ups for our members.
There is no additional charge for any of the seasonal events or meet-ups throughout the year. In recent years, this has included an Easter egg hunt, Summer parties and picnics, Halloween and Christmas events for parents and kids, and various evening drinks and hobby groups.
Throughout the year, we have members organize other social events, some of these may cost additional to the yearly membership cost. For example, movie night or wine tasting.
We offer two types of membership, priced at 30.50€ and 63.50€. If you plan on coming to playgroup more than twice a month, plus the seasonal events, meet-ups and socials, it's best to choose the "2024 ESP membership + unlimited playgroup" 63.50€ membership. This membership option includes all of the Monday playgroup sessions for the year.
If you are planning on joining us mostly for the seasonal events, meet-ups and socials, it would be best to choose the 30.50€ "2024 ESP membership". And if you'd like to come to playgroup, you're more than welcome, each session costs 2.50€/child, payable online only.
Both membership types run for the calendar year (January 1st- December 31st).
If you choose to join ESP, please turn on post notifications on our members' Facebook group so you don't miss out on an event or meet-up invite.
When you join, you can choose to receive our email newsletter and/or to join our Whatsapp group, which is used to send updates on playgroup, meet-ups and events. You don't need to worry about being swamped with notifications - the group is only used for updates from the committee.
ESP Haarlem is so much more than 'just' a playgroup!
We have families with children of all ages - some are 'playgroup regulars', others have 'graduated' from playgroup and gone on to full time school and there are families with older children who join us for events and celebrations.
Seasonal celebrations like Halloween, our Easter egg hunt and Summer picnic are always a fun way to share traditions from home.
We meet up during school holidays, weekends and on weekday afternoons so there are plenty of opportunities for the older children to get together.
We are lucky enough to have members from all over the world. Some of us have been living in the Netherlands for many years; some have just arrived and are busy exploring and settling in. Our families have children of all ages - in addition to Monday playgroup we plan afternoon, weekend and school holiday meet-ups for children in full-time school. We ask for your children's ages when you join ESP, so that we can be sure to plan events for all of our members.