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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 Smallingerland.

Municipality of Smallingerland: Exemptions from compulsory school attendance

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As a 'compulsory education and RMC' consultant we support, in association with other professionals, young people in completing a school education. Every young person is entitled to good education. Always and everywhere. The guiding principle is that all young persons go to school according to the timetable. There can be some special circumstances as a result of which a young person (young persons) cannot go to school. It is then possible to apply for an exemption from compulsory education.

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

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Smallingerland

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