Private kindergartens and schools with state-approved programmes, which apply special pedagogical principles

Education with state-approved programmes may also be implemented in private nurseries and schools according to special pedagogical principles, such as Steiner, Decroly, Montessori and similar. An educational programme of a private school applying special pedagogical principles must comply with the objectives of the education system in the Republic of Slovenia, which are:

  • ensuring the optimal development of the individual regardless of gender, social and cultural origin, religion, race, ethnicity and nationality and physical and spiritual constitution or disability;
  • educating for mutual tolerance;
  • developing awareness about gender equality, respecting differences and cooperation with others;
  • respecting children’s and human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • developing equal opportunities for both genders and, consequently, developing abilities for life in a democratic society;
  • developing linguistic capabilities and raising awareness about the position of the Slovenian language as the official language of the Republic of Slovenia and in areas defined as nationally mixed, also preserving and developing the Italian and Hungarian languages in addition to Slovenian;
  • providing quality education;
  • raising awareness about individual integrity;
  • developing awareness about nationality and national identity and knowledge about the history of Slovenia and its culture. educational institutions develop awareness about nationality and national identity by marking national holidays, which includes the playing of the national anthem of the Republic of Slovenia and other activities. Educational institutions have a flag of the Republic of Slovenia on permanent display, while in areas populated by the Italian and Hungarian minority a flag of the particular national minority is also displayed;
  • enabling inclusion in processes of European integration;
  • promoting the possibility of choice at all levels of education;
  • providing education that corresponds to the level of development and age of the individual;
  • providing equal opportunities for education in areas with specific developmental problems;
  • providing equal opportunities for the education of children from socially less favoured areas;
  • providing equal opportunities for the education of children, youths and adults with special needs;
  • education for sustainable development and active inclusion in democratic society, which also includes students’ deeper understanding and responsible attitude to themselves, their health, other people, their culture and other people's cultures, the natural and social environment, and future generations;
  • encouraging lifelong learning; providing general education and the opportunity to acquire a profession for the entire population;
  • providing the higher possible level of education to as many people as possible, while maintaining the achieved level of difficulty;
  • enabling as many people as possible to develop and achieve the highest possible level of creativity.

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: 17. 08. 2016