Preschool - kindergarten
The Norwegian government wants every family to have access to high-quality preschool or kindergarten for their children. Roughly 85 per cent of all children living in Norway aged 1-5 years old attend preschool.
How to apply
Parents who want to send their children to preschool starting in August have to apply by March 1 of that year. The city of Trondheim maintains a limited English website with most relevant information, including direct links to the fee structure, a list of barnehager in Trondheim, and the application form. These last two items are only available in Norwegian (as is true for most of the relevant individual barnehage webpages), but the city of Trondheim suggests that parents who need help with the application because of language difficulties come to the Oppvekstkontoret, Erling Skakkes gate 14 (Bytorget) for help. Preschools are called barnehager in Norwegian.
Convenient preschool options
There are two parent-run Gløshaugen barnehager (in Norwegian) that are convenient for NTNU employees, but NTNU employees must compete on an equal footing with other parents for places in these preschools. These are at Tyholttunet (in English, with link to application in Norwegian) and Prestegårdsjordet (in Norwegian, with link to application form in Norwegian).
NTNU students can obtain childcare through SiT kindergarten.
The Norwegian government's preschool policy is one of the most progressive in the world. One important aspect is that the government has pledged to keep preschools affordable: Fees that parents pay are capped at a monthly maximum. The monthly fee covers between 22 percent and 30 percent of costs, while the rest of the money is provided by the government.
Trondheim also has full preschool coverage, which means that virtually anyone who needs childcare can be certain of a place for his or her child.
Help for non-Norwegians
Most of the forms and information about preschools (barnehager) in Trondheim are only found in Norwegian. The city of Trondheim encourages people who need help with filling out forms to come to the city's Day Care Institution Service offices for help.
Street address: Erling Skakkes gate 14 (Bytorget)
Opening hours:Daily 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Phone: +47 72 54 07 90