Efforts to create the inclusive knowledge society must start early, and the government prioritises to lift the quality in the kindergarten sector. All kindergarten children must have a safe environment for development and learning in excellent kindergartens with enough staff with good expertise.
The government’s goal is to make kindergarten available to all children regardless of their parents’ financial situation.
The professional and personal competencies of its staff are a kindergarten’s most important resource and play an essential role in ensuring that the kindergarten is a good arena for formative development, care, play, learning and reducing social inequalities.
The entitlement to a place in a kindergarten applies to children who turn one year old no later than the end of August in the year that they apply for a place.
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.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has performed a review of Norway's Early Education and Care (ECEC) policy, and the analysis and recommendations were published in June 2015 in the report "Early Childhood Education and Care Policy Review NORWAY"
The most important documents are bills (propositions), white papers, hearing documents and Official Norwegian Reports (NOUs). (These documents are primarily available in Norwegian.)