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.


Norwegian politicians have decided that the maximum monthly payment for kindergarten for one child is 2,405 crowns (2014), whether the kindergarten is publicly or privately owned. Additional costs for food, field trips and other matters may be added to this fee. All the same, the cost of having a child attend kindergarten varies from municipality to municipality. In some municipalities, low-income families can apply for a reduced fee, while other municipalities charge the same price for everyone, regardless of income. Some municipalities offer a discount if the family has more than one child at the same kindergarten.



It is not mandatory to attend kindergarten, but almost all children in Norway attend kindergarten before starting school. In 2009, 88.5% of all children between the ages of one and five years attended kindergarten, while this number was 68% for children with an immigrant background.

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.