When Does My Child Start School in the Netherlands?

And What Happens Next?


By Annebet van Mameren


To these seemingly simple questions, there are surprisingly no simple answers. In this article, Annebet van Mameren talks you through the procedures and practicalities, to make sure your child gets off to a flying start. She starts with the issue that most children start school the day after their fourth birthday, and walks you through first few years of school, highlighting the rules and exceptions that apply when it comes to, for instance, their obligation to attend school, starting at age 5. This is called leerplicht in Dutch.



Annebet van Mameren
2020 Spring

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