Preschools and kindergartens

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.

Preschool options

Preschools in Trondheim.

International preschools in Trondheim


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 are capped at a monthly maximum, currently at NOK 2405 per month for 41 hours of care or more. The monthly fee covers between 22 percent and 30 percent of costs, while the rest of the money is provided by the government. Information about fees.

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. Note that you have to apply in time and that your child must be borned before 1. Septembre

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