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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 Delft.

Compulsory education exemption

Your child is obliged to attend school as from 5 years of age. In that case your child must be registered for a school. You may apply for an exemption of this obligation in certain conditions.

In cases like these you need not register your child for a school. 

Applying for exemption

You apply for an exemption for your child at the municipality. This must have been arranged before July 1.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Delft

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