During a visit to the consultatiebureau (children’s health clinic), your child’s growth and development will be routinely checked from birth until he starts primary school at the age of 4. The consultatiebureau is part of The Hague’s juvenile health care (Jeugdgezondheidszorg) programme.

Once your baby has been registered in the Municipality of The Hague, you will receive an invitation from the consultatiebureau. You can then make your first appointment. Often the district nurse from the consultatiebureau will visit you and your newborn at home and she will give you advice on caring for and feeding your baby.

Charting the baby’s growth

The consultatiebureau will chart your baby's development. This will all be recorded in the so-called ‘Groeiboekje’ (Growth Book), which is also available in English. The growth book outlines a baby's first year of development, supplies important phone numbers, holds your appointments at the clinic, records vaccinations, and charts your baby's height and weight. You should always bring this book with you to your appointments.

As your baby grows, the doctor and district nurse from the clinic will check to see if your baby is healthy and developing well, watch for important developmental milestones like sitting up and walking, as well as providing basic childhood vaccinations under the National Vaccination Programme and a hearing and vision test. If the doctor feels there is something wrong, he will refer you to your GP.

The clinic is there to answer any questions you might have regarding the health and development of your child. It also provides support to mothers and babies who are breastfeeding.


After each visit you'll be given an appointment for the next visit. Appointments will be scheduled every few months in the first year and less frequently after that.

The services of the consultatiebureau are free of charge and the children’s health clinic is bound by a confidentiality agreement.

Information line

If you need advice which cannot wait until your next appointment, you can call the CJG service line at tel. 0800 285 40 70.


Each Centre for Children and Families (Centrum Jeugd en Gezin/CJG) in The Hague has a consultatiebureau.

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Published: 8 May 2013Modified: 9 March 2018