Kindergartens, Slovenia, school year 2015/16
78% of children under the age of 6 were included in pre-school education
In the school year 2015/16, there were nearly 1,000 kindergartens and their units providing pre-school education. 85,400 children were enrolled in kindergartens.
Pre-school education is provided by 978 kindergartens and their units
In the school year 2015/16, there were 978 kindergartens and their units providing pre-school education. The majority (91%) of kindergartens were public; only 89 or 9% were private.
The number of children enrolled in kindergartens is still on the rise
In the school year 2015/16, 85,407 children were enrolled in kindergartens, which is 78.1% of all children aged between 1 and 5 years. In the observed school year the number of children enrolled in kindergartens increased by 0.8% over the previous school year. In the last ten years the number of children enrolled in kindergartens increased by almost half (from 58,127 in the school year 2006/07 to 85,407 in the school year 2015/16), which is an increase of 47% over the school year 2006/07.
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 0.9% increase in enrolment, so that the share was 88.5%. 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
40,774 children aged 4 and 5 years were enrolled in pre-school education, which is 90.8% 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 2015/16 pre-school care and education in kindergartens was provided by about 10,901 professional staff, of these 5,174 educators and 5,727 assistant educators. There were on average 8 children per educator and assistant educator.
Table 1: Kindergartens, Slovenia, school year 2015/16
Table 2: Enrolment rate of children attending kindergartens by age, Slovenia, school year 2015/16
Table 3: Professional staff in kindergartens, Slovenia, school year 2015/16