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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 Landgraaf.

Municipality of Landgraaf: Exemptions from compulsory school attendance

NB: you can only apply for an exemption from compulsory education if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.

If you have any questions about compulsory education, please contact Bureau Voortijdig School Verlaten Parkstad Limburg, VSV. They handle this on behalf of the municipality of Landgraaf.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Landgraaf

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