Compulsory education in the Netherlands starts at the age of five and continues until the child has reached the age of sixteen. Normally, most children attend school from the age of four and most schools accept children from this age group. One can find a primary school in the Netherlands every six square kilometres.
Public schools, on the other hand, are open to all students. These schools have been established by the Dutch government and do not propagate a certain faith or ideology. In the Netherlands, about 33% of all primary education is public and the rest of the schools have a certain special character. Around a third of these non-public schools are catholic and 25% is protestant.
School hours and vacations
- School holidays
holidays for the school year 2014 - 2015:• Autumn break (herfstvakantie): October 18 till October 26 2014• Christmas (kerstvakantie) : December 20 2014 till January 4 2015• Spring break (voorjaarsvakantie) : February 14 till February 22 2015• May holidays (meivakantie) May 2 till May 10 2015• Summer holiday(zomervakantie): July 18 till August 30 2015Like any other country the Netherlands too has its own special national days. For an overview on special Dutch holidays click here.