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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 Goeree-Overflakkee.

Applying for an exemption from compulsory education

Would you like to request an exemption from compulsory education for your child? Or a different compulsory education? You can do this with the compulsory education officer of the municipality.


The municipality may grant an exemption from compulsory education for your child. This means that it does not have to go to school. This is possible, for example, if your child is unable to attend education due to psychological or physical complaints. Or if your child goes to a foreign school.

Is your child nearing the end of the compulsory school age and is he or she having trouble at school? Your child may be able to follow a different program in that year. This is the replacement compulsory education.

The alternative compulsory education program consists of general education and vocational education. It also includes practice time. This is light work.

If your child starts this process, you must register it with an institution where it can follow this adapted education.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee

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