Kindergartens in Norway are pedagogical institutions providing early childhood education and care for children aged 0-5 years. Children start compulsory school the year they turn six.
Admission to places
The entitlement to a place in a kindergarten applies to children who turn one year old no later than the end of October in the year that they apply for a place. Children born after October will be entitled to a place in the following year.
Competency in kindergarten
The professional and personal competencies of its staff are a kindergarten’s most important resource.
Early Childhood Education and Care
Efforts to create the inclusive knowledge society must start early, and the government prioritises to lift the quality in the kindergarten sector.All children shall experience a safe environment for play, development and learning in good quality kindergartens with enough staff with good expertise.
Related topics and insights
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"