How and when

Do you want to register your child in a Dutch-speaking school in Brussels for the 2019-2020 school year? Enquire as soon as possible about the procedure!

From 5 to 16 November 2018 brothers and sisters and children of staff enjoy priority. Other children have to apply for a place between 7 January and 1 February 2019.

Also register all children that were born in 2017, even if they are not due to start school until 1 September 2020.

Some essential dates:

  • October - December 2018: Get to know the schools
  • 5 to 16 November 2018: Priority for brothers and sisters and children of staff
  • 7 January to 1 February 2019: Apply for a place
  • 18 March to 5 April 2019: Notification + registration
  • From 23 May 2019: Open registration

Here you can find a document in 8 languages with the most important information about registering your child(ren) for nursery and primary education for the 2019-2020 school year.


My child was born in November - December 2017. Should I register it already?

Yes. If your child was born in 2017, you should register it now, even if it is not due to start school until 1 September 2020. What if you decide to wait? The longer you wait, the fewer the places!

My child is going to school already. Do I still need to register it for next school year?

No. Once your child is registered in a school it will remain registered there. Registrations are valid for all the elementary school grades.

Is your child due to go from 3rd infants to the 1st grade of primary school? Or would you like to send it to a different school? In that case, you may have to register your child again.