Kindergarten

The Government’s objective for its kindergarten policy is the provision of kindergarten places of high quality and at a low price. Kindergartens shall provide children with good opportunities for development and activity in close understanding and collaboration with the children's homes.

Kindergartens are pedagogical institutions that comprise care, upbringing, play and learning. According to the needs of the families, the kindergartens offer full-time or part-time places. Besides being a good pedagogical institution for children, the kindergartens also take care of children while their parents work or study. The aim to build enough kindergarten and the developing work in the institutions are given top priority by the government. 

Factsheet: Quality of Kindergartens

For the first time, the government presents a White Paper to the Parliament focusing exclusively on the Quality of Kindergartens in Norway. Three main aims are presented in the White paper : Ensure equity and high quality in all kindergartens, strengthen the kindergarten as a learning area, and that kindergarten should offer all children the possibility to participate in an inclusive community.

Early Childhood Education and Care Policy

Kindergartens in Norway are for children aged 0 – 5 years. Children start compulsory school the year they turn six. Parental leave is either 44 weeks with full wages or 54 weeks with 80 per cent wages.

Kindergarten Act

Kindergartens shall provide children under compulsory school age with good opportunities for development and activity in close understanding and collaboration with the children's homes.

Contact information

Department of Early Childhood Education and Care

Telephone: +47 22 24 22 47
Fax: +47 22 24 01 23

Ministry of Education and Research

Associated law/regulation

Contact information

Department of Early Childhood Education and Care

Telephone: +47 22 24 22 47
Fax: +47 22 24 01 23