Preschools and kindergartens
Children starting preschool in August have to apply by March 1 of that year.
School and preschool/kindergarten applications
Parents who need help with kindergarten or school applications because of language difficulties can contact "Oppvekstkontoret" (school and kindergarten admissions service) for help:
The Norwegian school system
Simply stated, the Norwegian school system begins with an offering of preschool/daycare (barnehage in Norwegian) to children aged 1 to 5. There is no formal kindergarten per se. This is a play-based programme where the focus is on social skills and fun learning. There is a strong emphasis on outdoor play - rain, sleet, snow, sun or mid-winter dark, children play outside during preschool hours.
At age 6, children start at a local primary school ("barneskole" in Norwegian) that is within walking distance of the child's residence. Primary school extends through Grade 7. All schools offer an afterschool programme for children from grades 1 to 4 ("SFO" or "skolefritidsordning" in Norwegian).
Grades 8, 9 and 10 are instructed in a middle school ("ungdomsskole" in Norwegian) that typically draws its attendees from 2 or 3 different primary schools. Unless your student attends a private school, the middle school that your child attends is completely determined by the location of your Trondheim residence.
High schools ("videregående skole" in Norwegian) in Trondheim extend from grades 11-13. Students are not required to attend high school, but those who want to attend must apply to specific schools in the Trondheim region.