Registering a child with a primary school

From the age of 4, your child can go to primary school (basisschool). And from the age of 5, your child must go to school. You can register your child with a primary school once your child has reached 3 years of age.

Last updated on 10 May 2023

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Placement at a primary school

In some municipalities, primary schools have made agreements on how they divide pupils among them.

In case your child already has an older sibling at a certain primary school, your other child may be placed as a priority at the same school.

In some cases children have to live in the same district as the one in which the primary school is located to be admitted. If this rule applies in your case and your child does not fulfil that condition they might not be admitted.

Do you want to know whether you have the right to choose your child’s primary school yourself? If so, visit the website of your municipality. Or ask the primary school where you want to register your child.

Suitable place if extra support is needed

Does your child need extra support? In some cases, a primary school cannot offer this to your child. The school may then decide not to admit your child. However, in such a case the primary school does still have a duty of care for your child. The school will then consult with you to search for another suitable place. The school may register your child at a different primary school or at a special education school.

Familiarisation days at primary school

Has your child reached the age of 3 years and 10 months? Then they can attend wendagen (familiarisation days) at a primary school. Your child can go to school for a maximum of 5 such days. However, please bear in mind that not all primary schools have familiarisation days. For more information contact the primary school.

Waiting list upon registration

In some cases, a primary school will not have a place for your child or will have a waiting list. Is the school of your choice using a waiting list? If so, the primary school will put your child on a waiting list. And you must wait until there is a place for your child.

If you don’t want to wait until the school has a place for your child, register your child with a primary school that does have a place.

What to take with you when registering

When registering, you need to provide your child’s burgerservicenummer – BSN (citizen service number). To do this, you must produce your child’s birth certificate. Or their passport or proof of identity.

Is your child going to a new school? If so, you need to provide a proof of deregistration from the old primary school.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Wet op het primair onderwijs, artikel 40

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