Private pre-school education with state-approved programmes

Private pre-school education with state-approved programmes is provided by private nurseries. The basic tasks of nurseries are assisting parents in the comprehensive care of children; improving the quality of life of families and children, and creating conditions for the development of physical and mental skills of children.

Pre-school education in nurseries is a part of the educational system and is provided in accordance with the principles of:

  • democracy;
  • pluralism;
  • autonomy, professionalism and responsibility of employees;
  • equal opportunities for children and parents with respect to differences among children;
  • the right to choose and be different and
  • the preservation of balance between various aspects of the physical and mental development of children.

The objectives of pre-school education in nurseries are:

  • developing the ability to understand and accept yourself and others;
  • developing the ability to make agreements, consider differences and participate in groups;
  • developing the ability to recognise feelings and encouraging emotional experiences and expression;
  • cherishing curiosity, an exploratory spirit, imagination and intuition and developing independent thinking;
  • encouraging linguistic development for the effective and creative use of speech, and later also reading and writing;
  • encouraging experience of works of art and artistic expression;
  • transferring knowledge from different fields of science and from everyday life;
  • encouraging physical development  and
  • developing independence in hygienic habits and in health care.

Conditions and evidence


Private nurseries and schools may be established by foreign individuals or legal entities, which must fulfil the same conditions as domestic individuals or legal entities.
Responsible: Ministry of Education, Science and Sport | Last updated: 21. 12. 2015