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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 Hilversum.

Compulsory education

From the age of 5, your child must attend school every school day. That's called compulsory education. Compulsory education is monitored by the Regional Office of Pupil Affairs Gooi en Vechtstreek (RBLGV). In some cases you can get an exemption or special leave. Then you will receive permission for your child to be absent.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Hilversum