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 BuBaO (Sint-Jans-Molenbeek branch)

In the other BuBaO schools you must first apply for a place for your child. . You can find the contact details of the BuBaO schools and more information about their offer via the ‘scholenzoeker’ (school finder).

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When to register?

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Registering in special elementary education without an application procedure for 2024-2025
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Prepare
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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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Register siblings and children of staff
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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 29.01.2024 to 09.02.2024. Go to the school to register your child.

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Register your child with priority for a Dutch-speaking parent
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Children with at least one parent who is sufficiently proficient in Dutch, can register as long as there are places available for that priority group. Go to the school from 19.02.2024 to 01.03.2024 and register your child. 

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Open registration
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All children can register during the open registration period, which starts on 04.03.2024 (9 am).

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

No places available? You can also have your child placed on the waiting list.

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Start of school year 2024-2025
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Still looking for a place in a BuBaO school for the 2024-2025 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 07.10.2024.

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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 29.01.2024 to 09.02.2024 included 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 soon 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 and register your child. There are two registration periods:

  • from 19.02.2024 to 01.03.2024: during this period, pupils with at least one Dutch-speaking parent are given priority, as long as there are places for that priority group.  More information the priority.
  • as of 04.03.2024 (9 am): open registrations for all children. Please note that no further priority applies during this period.

Please note that your registration is not final until your child meets the admission requirements at the start of the school year. You should therefore provide the school with the special educational needs report as soon as possible. Contact your CLB (pupil guidance centre) for this purpose.

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 (55% of capacity).

Check whether your child has priority and gather the necessary documents. More information about the priority.

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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 04.03.2024 (9 am). 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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