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Mandatory Education in Belgium

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Hello,

I am an indian nation and moved to Brussels 4 yrs ago.
I have a daughter who is 2.5 and started going to a local french school. In the meanwhile we shifted our residence and moved near zaventum in March.
A bit unfortunate as my baby was enrolled in a school near brussels central.

Now, its a bit difficuly to find a school for this year as the classes are already full so my questions are,

a. is it ok if my daughter does not continue schooling till we get a school nearby to our new place because the travel time is too much and she suffers a bit more and gets tired.

b. is it mandatory to send a 2.5 yrs to maternelle or kindergarten. Will she loose a year if I get a admission next year, or the new school will directly move her to maternelle-2 as per her age bracket.

c. Me and my spouse speak dutch pretty well, so we are inclined to send her to a sutch local school, but I also want that my baby learns english. Is it possible in Dutch or French local schools in Belgium ?

d. Which schools are better in terms of infrastructure and facilities near zaventum,kortenberg or even evere for that matter.

Thanks in advance for your time and answers. I just dont want my child's education to hamper because of our move.

Regards,
hitman45.

J

a) Yes.

b) Education compulsory from 3rd maternelle, so age 5. If her DoB is 2016, she starts september 2020, if 2017 in september 2021.

c) Local Dutch school is a good idea if you live in Zaventem.
Almost all Belgian kids with a decent education speak good to excellent English by the time they've finished university. You have another 20 years - no need to rush it.

d) Close to where you live. You'll be able to answer that question yourself by the time it matters.

Apr 30, 2019 11:45