Public school holidays

Look when your child has his school holidays. The Ministry of Education determines the dates for the summer vacation. The school boards decide on the other vacation days.

Below you will find the overview of the school vacations for the Dutch public schools in The Hague. Every school vacation, apart from the summer vacation, is decided in consultation with representatives of the school boards in The Hague. This is why the overview below could be different from the national vacation measures for the rest of the region (regio Midden).

Vacations for primary schools (PO) and secondary schools (VO)

The school boards in The Hague have decided on the vacations for this school year. You can find these dates in the table below.

2022-2023 school year
Prinsjesdag (only in The Hague) 21 September 2022
Autumn break (Herfstvakantie) 22 to 30 October 2022
Christmas break (Kerstvakantie) 24 December 2022 to 8 January 2023
Spring break (Voorjaarsvakantie) 25 February to 5 March 2023
Good Friday 7 April 2023 (for PO)
Easter Monday 10 April 2023
King's Day (Koningsdag) 27 April 2023
Liberation Day 5 May 2023
May vacation (Meivakantie) 29 April to 7 May 2023
Ascension Day (Hemelvaart) 18 May 2023 + 19 May 2023 (for PO)
Whit Monday (Tweede Pinksterdag) 29 May 2023
Summer vacation 8 July to 20 August 2023

All secondary schools also have an additional number of free days which they can decide upon themselves. Many schools use these days to make the May vacation 2 weeks long.

May vacation

Schools are allowed to extend the May vacation by a week. The May vacation has 1 mandatory holiday week for secondary schools. The secondary schools can decide whether to make the 2nd week free as well. The holiday schedule often depends on the starting date for the secondary school leaving exams (Centraal Eindexamen). Always ask the school itself when your child will have school holidays.

More info

More information about the school holidays in the Netherlands can be found on the website of the Dutch government.

Published: 8 November 2022Modified: 8 November 2022