School Enrolment

How can I enrol my child in a school?

The first day of school is significant in every child's life. School is not just somewhere children learn to read, write and do mathematics; it is also where they get to make new friends. Therefore, many schools and families celebrate the first day of school with a special festival. But before planning the celebration, there are a few things to take care of. Here you can learn when your child can start school and what they need for their first school day.

Before starting school, there is a so-called school entry health check. You can learn more about these tests in our chapter "School entry health checks".

What do I need to know?

What is "Einschulung"?

What is the minimum age for starting school in Germany?

How can I register my child at school?

My child cannot speak German yet. Can they start school?

Can my child start school if the school year has already begun?

Can my child start school sooner at the age of 5 or later at the age of 7?

Can my child start school if we do not have a secure residence permit?

What does my child need before they start school?

I can't afford to buy all the school supplies. Where can I find help?

Where can I seek advice and support?


Whether you live in the countryside or the city, there are a few things to consider when your child reaches school age. The state traffic police of North Rhine-Westphalia has put together some tips and exercises you can use to teach your child about traffic rules and safety: