My file

Keen to register your child in a Dutch-speaking nursery or primary school in Brussels? If so, put your child's name down between 7 March (9 a.m.) and 31 March 2022 (4 p.m.). The exact time is not important.

To apply for a place, click on the button 'applying for a place' in the upper right corner of this website.

When applying for a place, you will need to provide the following details:

  • Your child's details: name, date of birth, personal identity number, domiciliation address, grade
  • Your details: contact details, work address (where applicable)
  • The schools of your choice
  • Do you qualify for a specific priority group? Answer the priority-related questions and put the relevant documents together.

Take a look at the checklist for parents before signing up your child (English translation under the Dutch text).

Video - How to apply for a place?

Watch this short instructional film on the application procedure for nursery and primary education. It clearly shows what steps you need to take to apply for a place for your child.

Make sure the sound is turned on while watching the film.


Questions? Need help? These organisations will help you.


Do I have to sign my child up if he or she is changing schools?

Is your child changing schools at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year? In that case, you need to sign your child up via between 7 and 31 March 2022 (4 p.m.).

Is your child changing schools during the school year? Has your child been excluded from the previous school? Click here for more information.

What is a personal identity number (rijksregisternummer)?

Every person living in Belgium has a personal identity number. It is a unique number. The number is listed on your gummed health insurance label and on the electronic identity card. The first 6 digits of this number are the year, month and date of birth. Does your child not have a personal identity number? Contact the help desk (02 553 30 20).

How do I apply for a place for a multiple birth?

Log in with the personal identity number of 1 of the twins, triplets... On the 'personal details' page, check the option 'multiple birth applications'. Next, enter the names and dates of birth of the other children of the multiple birth.

Why am I asked for an e-mail address?

An e-mail address allows us to communicate with you faster and more efficiently. If you don't have a personal e-mail address, you can always enter the e-mail address of a member of your family or friend. Make sure to enter a valid e-mail address and to check your e-mails regularly. If you do not provide an e-mail address, we will contact you by post.

Why am I asked for a telephone number or mobile phone number?

A telephone number speeds up communication. Your details are processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act. We only contact you by phone if we need to get in touch with you urgently in relation to the application procedure.

Which priority-related questions will be asked?

About GOK/non-GOK priority:

  • Did the family receive a school allowance (schooltoeslag) during the 2019-2020 and/or 2020-2021 school year(s)?
  • Does the pupil’s mother have a diploma of secondary education?

About priority Dutch:

  • Does one of the parents have a document on the list (see 'which documents').

Why are the domiciliation and work addresses important?

Pupils who have applied for a place are ranked on the basis of distance (per priority group). This is the distance between the domiciliation address or the address of 1 of the parents' work and the school.
That distance is calculated as the crow flies. We use the shortest distance: either the distance between the domiciliation address and the school or the distance between the place of work and the school.
When you go to register your child at the school, you will need to furnish proof of these addresses. So, you will need proof of employment and/or domicile.

What if I do not enter all the details truthfully?

If you do not complete the details truthfully, your child will lose its place in the ranking order. The details must be correct. Responsibility for the accuracy of the information rests with the parents. If someone else helps you to apply for a place, make sure to double-check the information before submitting it. The parents are invariably responsible for their file, even if they get someone else to help them.

How are the pupils who applied for a place ranked?

STEP 1:  The pupils are ranked.

Each school has a list of the pupils who chose their school. First, pupils are ranked by year of birth/grade.

Next, they are ranked (by year of birth) on the basis of the school they have chosen. Pupils who listed the school as their 1st choice come first, next pupils who listed the school as their 2nd choice, then pupils who listed the school as their 3rd choice...

Next, they are ranked (by choice of school) on the basis of distance. Pupils with an address closest to the school will be ranked higher than pupils with an address further away from the school. The address can be a domicile or a work address. That distance is calculated as the crow flies.

Now all the pupils have been ranked. The order they are listed in is important for the rest of the procedure because pupils are offered a place in a school in the order of that list. So, you will have a better chance of getting a place in the school you listed as your 1st choice and in a school close to the address you entered.

STEP 2: The pupils are assigned to the available places.

There are GOK pupils and non-GOK pupils. Each school has GOK places (35%) and non-GOK places (65%).

Pupils with a parent who has a sufficient command of Dutch will be given a place first. 55% of the non-GOK places are reserved for Dutch speakers. Dutch-speaking GOK pupils have priority but they are not included in the 55%.

Have all the non-GOK places been taken? And has the 55% Dutch-speakers quota not been filled? And are there no more Dutch-speaking GOK pupils? In that case, a Dutch-speaking non-GOK pupil will qualify for a GOK place.

Once the priority quota Dutch has been filled, the other pupils are given a place, within their group (GOK or non-GOK). Still some GOK places left, but no more GOK pupils? In that situation, the remaining places are given to non-GOK pupils and vice versa.

Where possible, pupils are always given a place in the school of their 1st choice.