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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 Zwolle.

Compulsory education

The right to education is something we should cherish. In the Netherlands we attach such importance to this that we have made education compulsory. Those who stay away from school without permission will be visited by the attendance officer. In some cases it is 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 Zwolle