Kindergartens, Slovenia, school year 2014/15

More children in kindergartens; the EU 2020 strategic goal for pre-school education not yet met

84,750 children were enrolled in kindergartens in the school year 2014/15, which is more than three quarters of all pre-school children. Irrespective of this, Slovenia has not yet achieved the EU 2020 strategic goal for pre-school education.

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Pre-school education is provided by 979 kindergartens and their units

In the school year 2014/15,  there were 979 kindergartens and their units providing pre-school education which is 19 more than in the previous school year. The majority (93%) of kindergartens were public; only 65 or 7% were private.

The number of children enrolled in kindergartens is still on the rise, but not as much as in the previous years

As of 30 September 2014 (which is the reference date for obtaining the data for the reference year) 84,740 children were enrolled in kindergartens, which is 76.8% of all children aged between 1 and 5 years.

In the observed school year the number of children enrolled in kindergartens increased by 1.3% over the previous school year but the growth was not as high as in the last few years.

In the last 10 years the number of children enrolled in kindergartens increased by more than half (from 54,815 children  in the school year 2004/05 to 84,750 children in the school year 2014/15), which is an increase of 54.6%  over the school year 2004/05.

Compared to the previous school year, the number of children enrolled  in kindergartens particularly increased in the second age period (children aged 3 up to entering basic school), which recorded a 1.4% increase in enrolment, so that the share was 88%. In the first age period (children aged 1 and 2 years) the number of children increased only slightly. Kindergartens included more than half of the children in this age group.

The EU 2020 strategic goal on inclusion of children aged 4 to entering basic education into pre-school education in kindergartens has not yet been achieved

40,600 children aged 4 and 5 years were enrolled in pre-school education, which is 90.1% of all children of that age. The European strategic goal for education and training 2020 is 95% inclusion of children of that age in pre-school education. Slovenia has not yet achieved that goal.

On average 8 children per educator and assistant educator

In the school year 2014/15 pre-school care and education in kindergartens was provided by about 10,782 professional staff, of these 5,140 educators and 5,642 assistant educators. There were on average 8.1 children per educator and assistant educator.

Chart 1: Participation in pre-school education in kindergartens by age periods, Slovenia
Chart 1: Participation in pre-school education in kindergartens by age periods, Slovenia
Source: SURS
Table 1: Kindergartens, Slovenia
School year 2013/14School year 2014/15
kindergartens
with their units
class unitskindergartens
with their units
class units
Total9604,9209795,002
Public kindergartens8954,7219004,776
Private kindergartens6519979226
Source: SURS
Table 2: Children in kindergartens, Slovenia
School year 2013/14School year 2014/15
total1st age period2nd age periodtotal1st age period2nd age period
Total83,70023,96759,73384,75024,30660,444
Public kindergartens80,62622,88757,73981,27923,03358,246
Private kindergartens3,0741,0801,9943,4711,2732,198
Source: SURS
Table 3: Enrolment rate of children attending kindergartens by age, Slovenia, school year 2014/15
Age of children
Total1 year2 years3 years4 years5 years6 or more years
%
Total76.842.869.082.889.391.86.5
Boys77.342.469.582.589.592.18.2
Girls76.343.168.483.189.091.54.8
Source: SURS
Table 4: Professional staff in kindergartens, Slovenia, school year 2014/15
TotalMenWomen
Total11,65828011,378
Educators - total5,140535,087
  in programs of the 1st age period1,878131,865
  in programs of the 2nd age period3,262403,222
Assistant educators - total5,6421955,447
  in programs of the 1st age period2,256552,201
  in programs of the 2nd age period3,3861403,246
Management staff40412392
Advisers1411140
Other professional personnel33119312
Source: SURS
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