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Exemptions from compulsory school attendance in the Netherlands

Children aged 5 to 16 are obliged to attend full-time education. In certain circumstances, your child might be exempted from compulsory school attendance. This is called vrijstelling van leerplicht (exemption from compulsory school attendance). In that case, your child does not have to go to school. Where you apply for the exemption depends on the situation.


With an exemption from compulsory education, your child does not have to attend school. There are 3 types of exemption (in Dutch):

This is how it works in your (future) place of residence

Your (future) place of residence falls under the Municipality of De Bilt.

Exemptions from compulsory education

There are special circumstances that make it unnecessary for a child to be enrolled in a school.

You can then request for vrijstelling leerplicht (exemption from the Compulsory Education Act) (Rijksoverheid/central government).

Would you like to know more about this? Please contact Team Leerplicht ( the  Compulsory Education Team)  by e-mail

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of De Bilt

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