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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.

Exemption

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 Westerwolde.

Municipality of Westerwolde: Exemptions from compulsory school attendance

Note. You can only apply for exemption from compulsory education for your child if you live in the Netherlands and if you are registered with a municipality

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Westerwolde

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