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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 Montferland.

Compulsory Education

Children may go to school upon turning 4 years of age. Children must attend compulsory education from the first day of the month after which they turn 5 years of age. Compulsory education means that children of 5 years of age and above must go to school 5 days per week. Compulsory education ends at the end of the school year in which children turn 16 years of age.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Montferland