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school registration process

Hello everybody,

my daughter was born in 13/11/2015 and I would like to get her in a French public school starting next September when she will be 2 years and 10 months old. I don't know much about public education in Belgium but I guess what I need is a maternele. I read a lot of information online but what I still don't understand is the process to get her registered. Do I have to visit each school separately and ask for a place there or I have to go to my commune (Ixelles) and ask them which schools have available places?And when is the best time to do it? Can I start the process now in order to ensure a place for the next academic year?
And also what are the differences between officiel, officiel subventionné, libre non confessionnel and libre  confessionnel?

Any help would be much appreciated!

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The commune controls only 40% of schools.

Go to each school near you and ask how to enrol. Most schools do individual enrolments. A small minority do centralized enrolments.

You shpul be aware many schools have already filled places for September 2018.

Other threads here: http://www.expat.com/forum/257-6-study-in-brussels.html

Thank you both for your replies

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