Your little one is in preschool

Your preschool-age child must be registered and have a high enough attendance rate at preschool. The threshold of days depends on your child’s age.

Child’s age Attendance
<3 yearsPresent for at least 100 half days
3 yearsPresent for at least 150 half days
4 yearsPresent for at least 185 half days
5 yearsPresent for at least 250 half days
> 6 yearsUp to 29 half days of unauthorised absence

Example

Your child has been attending nursery since September 2019. Your child will turn 4 in April 2020. To be eligible for the education allowance, your child must:

  • attend for at least 150 half days during the 2019-2020 school year, or
  • attend for at least 185 half days during the 2020-2021 school year.

Attendance is checked at the end of the school year (30 June). We look at 2 academic years’ of attendance on each occasion to see, for example, if a child whose attendance was too low in the previous school year now has a high enough attendance. If this is the case, you are entitled to an annual education allowance.

If your child is over 6 years old and goes to nursery, up to 29 half days of unauthorised absence are permitted. If your child was ill, please provide us with a valid sick note.

Your child is in primary education

Children attending primary school may have no more than 29 half days of unauthorised absence from school. Absence due to illness can be proven with a doctor’s note, and will not be considered unauthorised.

Attendance applies to both the previous and the current school year. You will only lose your entitlement to the education allowance if your child’s attendance was too low for 2 consecutive school years.

If your child did not attend class enough last year but does now, you are entitled to an annual education allowance.

If your child moves school during the school year, the gap between deregistering at the old school and registering at the new school may not be longer than 15 calendar days.

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Secondary education and nursing training (HBO5)

Middle school pupils in full-time or part-time education or in special needs secondary education may not have more than 30 half days of unauthorised absence in a school year. Absence can be authorised in the form of a doctor’s note.

The rules that apply to secondary education pupils also apply to students in higher vocational education following nursing training.

If a student is absent for 30 half days or more for two school years in a row, you will lose your entitlement to the education allowance.

If the student moves school during the school year, the gap between deregistering at the old school and registering at the new school may not be longer than 15 calendar days.

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How is attendance monitored?

Attendance and registration at school are checked at the end of each school year. This is usually on or around 30 June.

This means the education allowance you receive at the start of the school year is a provisional allocation. At the end of the school year, we check to see whether you were paid the correct amount.

If your child changed their field of study, left school, or had attendance rates which were too low for two consecutive school years, your education allowance will be recalculated.

Avoid unpleasant surprises: always contact your Groeipakket coach if your child’s circumstances change.

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