Special elementary education: schools without an application procedure

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How do you register your child in a school for special nursery and primary education (BuBaO) without an application procedure? This page tells you how and when to do this:

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In which schools can you register directly?

In the following school for special elementary education you can register your child directly:

  • Sint-Jozefschool (Sint-Jans-Molenbeek branch)

In the other BuBaO schools you must first apply for a place for your child.

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When to register?

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Registering in special elementary education without an application procedure for 2023-2024
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Prepare your registration well: get to know schools, inform yourself about the procedure and gather the necessary documents. Contact the CLB for assistance. Learn more about what you can do to prepare.

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Do you have another child already attending a BuBaO school? Or do you work at the school where you want to register your child? If so, you have priority if you register your child from 6 February to 17 February 2023. Go to the school to register your child.

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Register your child (with priority for Dutch speakers)
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Go to the school from 27 February to 10 March 2023 and register your child. During this period, priority is given to children with at least one parent who is sufficiently proficient in Dutch. More information about which groups have priority.

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Open registration
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Still looking for a place in a BuBaO school for the 2023-2024 school year? Or would you like to have your child placed on the waiting list of a school? You can do so during the open registration period, which starts on 20 March 2023.

Please note: During the open registration period, registration takes place chronologically: whoever arrives first gets a place first. Moreover, no priority applies anymore.

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Still looking for a place in a BuBaO school for the 2023-2024 school year? Contact the school where you want to register your child. Are there still places available? Register your child.

Is your child already on a waiting list? The school will contact you when a place opens up. The waiting list is valid until 6 October 2023.

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How to register?

In advance: siblings and children of staff

Siblings of pupils and children of staff register before all other children. Go to the school from 6 to 17 January 2023 and register your child. 

No place or forgot to register? In a school without an application procedure, you can still register along with all the other children. In this case, you no longer have priority. More information about priority.

Step 1: Prepare

After the siblings and children of staff, all other children can register. Go to the school to register your child. Prepare your registration well:

  1. Get to know the schools. Each school offers a number of specific types of education. Inquire with the school's management team or care coordinator. The CLB will also help you with this.
  2. Inform yourself about the procedure: read the brochure (available in 8 languages) or the information on this website carefully.
  3. Check if your child has priority.
  4. Gather the necessary documents.

Step 2: Register your child

To register your child in a BuBaO school without an application procedure, register directly with the school. You do not need to apply for a place for your child first.

Go to the school from 27 February to 10 March 2023 and register your child. During this period, pupils with at least one Dutch-speaking parent are given priority. More information about which groups have priority.

Does the school not have any available places left? Learn more about what you can do if your child does not have a place.

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Who has priority?

Siblings and children of staff can register first. After that, priority is given to children with at least one Dutch-speaking parent.

More information about the priority groups.

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What if you did not get a place?

Does the school not have any available places left? Then ask for a document of unsuccessful registration. Your child will then be placed on the waiting list. The school will contact you when a place opens up.

You can also register your child during the open registration period in the schools that still have places available. The open registration period starts on 20 March 2023. Please note: In this period, registration takes place in chronological order. So whoever comes first gets a place first. No priority applies anymore.

Contact the school where you want to register your child. Are there places available? Register your child. Are there no places available? You can also have your child placed on the waiting list during this period. To do so, ask for a document of unsuccessful registration. The school will contact you if a place opens up.

More information about the waiting list

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