New in the Netherlands as a child
If you only recently came to live in the Netherlands and you have children, you must arrange things not only for yourself, but also for your children. For example, you must register your children with the municipality and in a school. In addition, it is important to think carefully about how your children can learn Dutch as quickly as possible, so that they can fully participate in school. In the brochure ‘Nieuw in Nederland’ (‘New in the Netherlands’) from the Dutch government, you will find more advice on things to think about when you have children.
Read more about everything you must do if you are new to the Netherlands in the dossier ‘Naar Nederland’ >
Rights and duties of children
Like adults, children also have both rights and duties.
Integration exam (Inburgeringsexamen)
Children do not have to take an integration exam because they go to school in the Netherlands. They will earn regular school diplomas and do not have to take an official Dutch language proficiency exam. For children under the age of 18, naturalization may be requested. Usually parents do this at the same time as applying for their own naturalization. On the website of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst, IND), you can read more about the process of naturalization and the conditions that are set for it.
Under international treaties, all children under the age of 18 have a right to education. In the Netherlands, there is even compulsory education for all children between the ages of 5 and 16, regardless of their status of residence. Even children who are illegally in the Netherlands are thus required to go to school. Foreign-language children must go to school so that they can prepare themselves for society and the labour market.