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Preamble - Belgium (Flemish speaking community)

Primary education consists of nursery school and primary school. From 2 years and 6 months until starting primary school, children are allowed into nursery education. Children are obliged to follow primary education from the age of 6 years, which in effect means from the end of nursery school until the start of secondary education. For both age groups Flanders provides both mainstream and special education. The mainstream primary school takes 6 years, while the special school takes 7. The school administration is free to choose the organisation of nursery and primary school but defines this organisation into a “school working plan”.

Nursery school:

  • 2 years, 6 months - primary school (6y)
  • Mainstream & special nursery school

Primary school:

  • 6 years - secondary school (12y)
  • Mainstream & special nursery school


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