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Wilma den Hartigh


Hi Annebet,
My family is relocating to The Netherlands in February as my husband got a job in Amsterdam. We will most likely live in Haarlem. My son who is 5 (turning 6 in March) attends a Waldorf School in South Africa and we would like for him to continue with this. The problem is that we will only receive BSN numbers once we arrive and can then only apply at schools. I'm concerned that there won't be any space. We don't want him to be out of school for too long. Is it possible/advisable for him to attend a Kindergarten in the meantime and where do I find information of such schools? We would like him to be in a Dutch school so that he can learn the language. Please, can you offer some advice or point me in the right direction? Thanks!

by Wilma den Hartigh on 21 Dec 2016
Annebet van Mameren

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Dear Wilma,

Thank you for your question.
In the Netherlands most children start school the day after their fourth birthday. From age 5 they are obliged to go to school. This means that in your case kindergarten is not an option anymore and you'll have to find a school asap. If you haven't found a school within two weeks after your arrival in the Netherlands, the truant officers might step in.
I'm sorry to tell you, but most schools in Haarlem are oversubscribed, especially the Waldorf schools. It is even more difficult to find a space in the middle of the year. You should contact the schools directly and ask for availability. You don't need to have a BSN-number first. If you don't have a house yet, it would be easier to find a school that has availability first and then a house nearby. Tell the schools that you are considering to live in their neighbourhood.
I wish you all the best!

Annebet van Mameren

by Annebet van Mameren on 01 Jan 2017

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