Netherlands language school

Can my child go directly to a Dutch school if they haven’t mastered the Dutch language yet?

Can my child go directly to a Dutch school?

Do want to find the best solution for your child’s education in the Netherlands? We are educational consultants for education in the Netherlands and can help you find the best solution.

Here’s what you need to know about integrating your child into the Dutch school system if they haven’t mastered the Dutch language yet. 🇳🇱📘

🖍️ For children aged 4-6:
Little ones can dive straight into the Dutch educational system, even without Dutch language skills. Some cities might require them to start in a special newcomers’ class to pick up the language before they join a local Dutch school.

📚 For children aged 6-12:
Newcomers’ classes are offered at many schools throughout the Netherlands, catering to education for children aged 6 to 12 who have just arrived in the country and who speak little to no Dutch. After a year, they generally join their local Dutch school. (Note: registration policies can vary by city.)

🌐 For children aged 12+:
Starting from age 12, children new to the Netherlands without Dutch language proficiency are placed in an international class (internationale schakelklas, ISK). After about 1-2 years, they’ll be assessed and can transition to a regular Dutch school.

✨ Questions about finding the right Dutch learning path for children? YES is here to help.

Please also read What are the costs for education in the Netherlands? and Moving to the Netherlands with family

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