Kindergarten is a reliable place for children to go, where they are well taken care of. This is where they lay the groundwork for school, discover interests and form their first friendships. Well trained educators support the children in further developing their skills and abilities. Communication, the senses and movement are front and centre. Kindergarten is not school: the children paint, craft and learn songs, but it’s not about perfection.
Most children need some time to get used to kindergarten; during this time, the parents remain with them. The process is a little different in every establishment.
In order to ensure a spot at a state-run kindergarten, parents need to register with the appropriate service centre. For children who have turned six years old by 31 August, half-day kindergarten attendance from September to June (excluding school holidays) is mandatory and free of charge.