Education and learning

Kindergarten is an educational programme

Barn og voksen i barnehage

Children learn a great deal at kindergarten:

  • They gain experience spending time with other children.
  • They learn to show consideration to others.
  • They become more independent.
  • They learn much factual knowledge.
  • They become better prepared to start school.

The kindergarten staff spends much time planning what the children learn in kindergarten. The activities planned are based on the Kindergarten Act and other rules and plans established by the authorities. Parents receive information from the kindergarten regarding the goals of kindergarten activities and which activities their children are involved in.

Utelek i barnehagen

Parents are invited to parent/teacher meetings and individual meetings with teachers. During the parent/teacher meetings, parents can get to know other parents and talk about the challenges of having young children. Parents who cannot speak Norwegian have the right to bring an interpreter to the parent/teacher meetings.


The Norwegian parliament, the Storting, sets a maximum price for a kindergarten place in Norway every year. No parent shall pay more than the maximum price. This applies regardless of whether the kindergarten is publicly or privately owned. Food, excursions or other expenses may come in addition to the maximum price.

The cost of having a child in kindergarten nonetheless varies from municipality to municipality. In some municipalities, low-income families can apply to pay a reduced fee, while other municipalities charge everyone the same price, regardless of income. Some municipalities offer a discount if the family has more than one child at the same kindergarten, while other municipalities do not have such a scheme in place.

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It is not mandatory to attend kindergarten, but almost all children in Norway attend kindergarten before starting school. More than 90% of all children aged between one and five attend kindergarten.

Kindergartens are required by law to comply with the requirements of the Kindergarten Act. This means that the staff must follow certain rules when planning kindergarten activities.

Kindergarten is not free. Parents pay a co-payment every month and the remainder of the cost is paid for by the government.