All children should have the opportunity to attend a kindergarten, if their parents so wish.
Kindergartens are educational institutions that provide pre-school children with good opportunities for development and activities. Places should be of high quality and come at a low price; they may be public or private.
Responsibility and actors
Kindergartens were transferred to the Ministry of Education and Research in 2005 in order to ensure coherence and continuity in the education of children. The Ministry has the overall responsibility for quality development, management and financing of the kindergarten sector, and allocates earmarked funds for the running of kindergartens.
The state’s County Governors act as links between the Ministry of Education and Research and the kindergarten sector. The County Governor implements kindergarten policy through development work, administrative tasks, supervision and guidance for municipalities.
The municipalities are responsible for providing and running municipal kindergartens, as well as for approving and supervising both public and private kindergartens in the municipality. They have an active responsibility for providing guidance to kindergartens
Kindergartens owners are responsible for the contents of the individual kindergarten. The Parent’s Council for each kindergarten participates with the staff in the framing of the educational contents.